Connect Biopharma Provides Business and Clinical Development Program Update
Cash runway now expected to extend into at least 2025 as a result of revised timeline of global Phase 3 program of CBP-201 in atopic dermatitis (AD); Longer cash runway permits continued evaluation of potential partnership opportunities to advance the global AD Phase 3 program
Progress of China pivotal AD trial remains on track with completion of 36-week Stage 2 expected in H2 2023
SAN DIEGO and TAICANG, SUZHOU, China, Dec. 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Connect Biopharma Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: CNTB) (Connect Biopharma or the Company), a global clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing T cell-driven therapies to treat inflammatory diseases, today provided a business update for its operations and clinical trial development programs.
“We continue to have great confidence in our global development strategy, and particularly in the potential of our lead product candidate, CBP-201, which is currently in development to treat atopic dermatitis and asthma,” said Zheng Wei, PhD, Co-Founder and CEO of Connect Biopharma. “Yet, in light of the current macroeconomic climate and challenging funding environment, we feel that it is necessary and financially prudent to commence our Global Phase 3 program for CBP-201 in moderate-to-severe AD after we have secured the partnership necessary to fully complete the program. The CBP-201 Global Phase 3 program in AD was to commence before the end of the year, and our ongoing pivotal AD trial in China is unaffected and remains on track.”
“With this change in timing for our Global Phase 3 program in AD, we expect our cash runway, without taking into account any additional funding, to extend into at least 2025 – more than a year longer than previously forecasted – which is meaningful, particularly under current capital market conditions,” said Steven Chan, CFO of Connect Biopharma. “We anticipate that this longer runway will allow us to meet the milestones for our ongoing clinical trials and advance our preclinical assets toward the clinic, while we continue to evaluate partnership opportunities.”
The Company is actively seeking potential global and regional partners who would be able to provide additional experience and infrastructure to support the next phase of clinical development for CBP-201, including providing potential input into the clinical trial designs that furthers Connect Biopharma’s goal of delivering a differentiated therapeutic program with improved efficacy and dosing convenience. Partnership efforts focus on CBP-201’s potential not only in AD, but also in other disease indications with significant unmet need including asthma, which is in Phase 2, and for which the Company expects to report topline results during the second half of 2023.
CBP-201 Pivotal AD trial in China
In October 2022, Connect Biopharma announced positive topline Stage 1 data on the primary analysis population of 255 patients and is currently conducting the 36-week Stage 2 period, which importantly, includes a potentially differentiated once a month dose regimen. The Company expects to have pre-New Drug Application (NDA) interactions with the Center for Drug Evaluation (CDE) of China’s National Medical Products Administration in the first quarter of 2023 to discuss the Company’s CBP-201 data package for a potential NDA filing as early as 2024 and potential approval in China as early as 2025.
CBP-307 Phase 2 trial in moderate-to-severe Ulcerative Colitis (UC)
The Company also anticipates completing the global Phase 2 maintenance phase for CBP-307 in the first half of 2023. The Company reported efficacy data in May 2022 for the 12-week induction phase of the trial showing CBP-307 0.2 mg once daily administration led to a significantly higher number of patients compared to placebo achieving clinical remission based on adapted Mayo score. The Company is actively seeking to out-license CBP-307 for future trials in UC and Crohn’s disease to capitalize on its potential to be a competitive asset and a welcome addition to the gastroenterologist’s treatment armamentarium.
CBP-174 in Pruritus associated with AD
The Company previously reported results from its Phase 1 single ascending dose study for CBP-174 in pruritus associated with AD and is continuing to evaluate next steps for clinical development.
Anticipated 2023 Milestones
- CBP-201 Pivotal China trial in AD: On track to engage with the CDE in the first quarter of 2023. Anticipate 36-week Stage 2 completion in the second half of 2023
- CBP-201 in Asthma: Anticipate completing enrollment for the global Phase 2 trial in the first half of 2023 and reporting top-line results in the second half of 2023
- CBP-307 in UC: Anticipate completing Phase 2 maintenance phase and reporting the results in the first half of 2023
About Connect Biopharma Holdings Limited
Connect Biopharma is a U.S. and China-based clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the lives of patients with inflammatory diseases through the development of therapies derived from T cell research. The Company is building a rich pipeline of proprietary small molecules and antibodies, using functional T cell assays, to screen and discover potent product candidates against validated immune targets. The Company’s lead product candidate, CBP-201, is an antibody designed to target interleukin-4 receptor alpha in development for the treatment of atopic dermatitis and asthma. The Company’s second most advanced product candidate, CBP-307, is a modulator of S1P1 T cell receptor and is in development for the treatment of ulcerative colitis. The Company’s third product candidate, CBP-174, is a peripherally acting antagonist of histamine receptor 3, in development for the treatment of pruritus associated with atopic dermatitis.
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