• SEL-212 Designed to be First Non-Immunogenic Uricase Therapeutic for Severe Gout
  • Data Show Substantial and Sustained Reduction of Serum Uric Acid Levels for 30 Days or Longer After Single Dose
  • Company to Host Conference Call Tomorrow Morning

WATERTOWN, MA, USA I December 07, 2016 I Selecta Biosciences, Inc. (SELB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a novel class of targeted antigen-specific immune therapies, today announced that it has completed all patient visits for its Phase 1a/b trials of SEL-212, which is being developed for the treatment of chronic refractory and tophaceous gout. Data from these trials will be presented today at the 11th Annual Immunization and Vaccine Summit (IMVACS) in Boston, MA by Takashi Kei Kishimoto, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Selecta.

Therapeutics utilizing uricase, an enzyme that metabolizes uric acid, have previously demonstrated the ability to significantly reduce uric acid levels and dissolve the uric acid deposits in refractory and tophaceous gout patients. Their efficacy and safety, however, have been adversely impacted by the formation of anti-drug antibodies (ADAs). Leveraging Selecta’s proprietary immune tolerance Synthetic Vaccine Particles (SVP™) platform, SEL-212 (SVP-Rapamycin in combination with pegsiticase) is designed to be the first non-immunogenic version of uricase.

“We are pleased to have completed all patient visits in our Phase 1 clinical trials with data that met our key objectives,” said Dr. Kishimoto. “The results indicate that, by combining SVP-Rapamycin and pegsiticase, ADAs can be prevented, enabling the pegsiticase enzyme to substantially and sustainably reduce serum uric acid levels for 30 days or longer after a single dose. SEL-212 was generally well tolerated at clinically active doses. Leveraging these learnings, we recently initiated our Phase 2 trial to evaluate multiple monthly doses of SEL-212 in patients with symptomatic gout and hyperuricemia.”

The Phase 1a trial enrolled 22 U.S. patients with hyperuricemia (uric acid level of >6mg/dL), evaluating the effect of a single intravenous infusion in a range of 0.1 to 1.2 mg/kg of pegsiticase administered alone. Pegsiticase was generally well tolerated at all tested dose levels. Serum uric acid levels for all patients initially dropped to less than 0.1 mg/dL within approximately 10 hours. However, these levels began rebounding by 14 to 21 days after dosing in a majority of patients. The loss of uric acid level control (defined as uric acid of >6 mg/dL) correlated with the formation of ADAs. The 0.4 mg/kg dose of pegsiticase was selected as the dose level to carry forward into the Phase 1b trial.

The multicenter Phase 1b trial enrolled 63 U.S. patients. One group received a single intravenous infusion of 0.4 mg/kg of pegsiticase alone. Four groups received either placebo or a single intravenous infusion of SVP-Rapamycin alone in a range of 0.03 to 0.5 mg/kg. As expected, SVP-Rapamycin alone did not significantly affect uric acid levels in these patients. Two serious adverse events (stomatitis), already previously reported by Selecta, were observed at the highest dose level tested (0.5 mg/kg), leading Selecta to set 0.3 mg/kg as the maximum tolerated dose of SVP-Rapamycin for the Phase 1b trial. The serious adverse events (SAEs) resolved completely during the study period.

Four additional groups received a single fixed dose of 0.4 mg/kg dose of pegsiticase by intravenous infusion in combination with 0.03, 0.1, 0.15 or 0.3 mg/kg of SVP-Rapamycin:

  • At the 0.03 mg/kg dose, serum uric acid levels were controlled for at least 21 days in four of the five patients.
  • At the 0.1 mg/kg dose, serum uric acid levels were controlled through Day 30 in seven of 10 patients.
  • At the 0.15 mg/kg dose, serum uric acid levels were controlled through Day 30 in all five patients.
  • At the 0.3 mg/kg dose, serum uric acid levels were controlled through Day 30 in all five patients.

The substantial and sustained reduction in uric acid levels through at least Day 30 was correlated with the prevention of ADAs. These data supported a monthly dosing regimen in the ongoing multi-dose Phase 2 clinical trial.

SEL-212 was generally well tolerated at the clinically active dose levels. One SAE was already previously reported at the 0.1 mg/kg dose level for a grade 2 rash that was classified as an SAE due to an emergency room visit. This SAE resolved without further issues. No SAEs were observed at the 0.03, 0.15 or 0.3 mg/kg dose levels.

“Patients with the most severe forms of gouty arthritis have markedly impaired health-related quality of life. In gout, crystals of the sodium salt of uric acid form and accumulate in and around joints, triggering excruciatingly painful flare ups of acute arthritis, which can become very frequent in patients,” said Robert A. Terkeltaub, M.D., Professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine. “While uricase enzymes have long held the potential to quickly and substantially improve clinical outcomes in gout, the swift development of treatment-emergent antibodies to uricase therapeutic agents has presented a major roadblock to therapeutic success. The early clinical data regarding SEL-212 suggest that it holds the potential to overcome these challenges and address the unmet need for patients with the most severe forms of gout.”

Conference Call Reminder

Selecta will host a conference call tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the Phase 1 data. Investors and the public can access a live and archived webcast of this call via the Investors & Media section of the company’s website, www.selectabio.com. Individuals may also participate in the live call via telephone by dialing (844) 309-6574 (domestic) or (484) 747-6923 (international) and may access a teleconference replay for one week by dialing (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international) and using confirmation code 14490302.

About Chronic Refractory and Tophaceous Gout

More than 8 million patients in the United States suffer from gouti, which is caused by elevated levels of uric acid that result in harmful crystalline uric acid deposits in joints and surrounding tissues that cause painful inflammation and can lead to joint damage. Severe gout is often poorly controlled with conventional oral medications, resulting in painful and debilitating disease, flares and nodular masses of uric acid crystals termed tophi. Approximately 50,000 patients in the United States have been diagnosed with chronic refractory goutii, an orphan indication defined as uric acid levels that cannot be controlled by high doses of available oral therapies. It is also estimated that more than 200,000 patients in the United States suffer from chronic gout with tophiiii, or tophaceous gout, which typically affects joints and surrounding soft tissues at the fingers, toes or elbows. Tophi are a difficult to treat source of chronic pain, inflammation, and can cause joint damage. Tophi typically take many years to resolve, or may fail to resolve, with conventional oral uric acid lowering therapy for goutiv. Treatment options to improve chronic refractory and tophaceous gout are very limited. Currently available uricase therapy fails to resolve gout and tophi in a majority of patients, largely because of unwanted immune reactions leading to the formation of antibodies that compromise efficacy and can cause serious adverse eventsv.

About Selecta Biosciences, Inc.

Selecta Biosciences, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing targeted therapies that use immunomodulators encapsulated in nanoparticles to induce antigen-specific immune responses to prevent and treat disease. Selecta’s proprietary Synthetic Vaccine Particle (SVP) technology is a highly flexible nanoparticle platform, capable of incorporating a wide range of antigens and immunomodulators, allowing the SVP-based products to either induce antigen-specific tolerance or activate the immune system.

Selecta’s focus and strategy is to leverage its SVP immune modulating platform to develop and commercialize highly differentiated life-sustaining biologic drugs that are uniquely capable of mitigating the formation of anti-drug antibodies (ADAs). Proprietary programs that use SVP-Rapamycin to enhance efficacy and safety of therapy include SEL-212, Selecta’s lead Phase 2 clinical program in chronic refractory gout, and two gene therapies programs for genetic metabolic diseases. Tolerance-inducing SVP biological products also have potential applications in the treatment of allergies and autoimmune diseases.

Selecta is also developing SVP product candidates that activate the immune system to prevent and treat cancer, infections and other diseases.

Selecta is based in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA. For more information, please visit http://selectabio.com.

SOURCE: Selecta Biosciences