Advicenne’s Flagship ADV7103 Receives Authorization for Pivotal Phase II/III Cystinuria Study in Belgium
Advicenne (Paris:ADVIC) (Euronext: ADVIC), specializing in the development of adult and pediatric therapeutic products for the treatment of orphan renal and neurological diseases, announces today that it has received authorization from the Belgian health authority (FAMHP) to begin a pivotal Phase II/III CORAL clinical trial in cystinuria with its flagship drug candidate, ADV7103. The French pharmaceutical company also assesses its financial visibility at the close of 2018.
“Today, patient care for those suffering from cystinuria is not optimal,” observes Professor Elena Levchenko, Head of the Department of Pediatric Nephrology at UZ Leuven (University Hospitals Leuven), “So I am very pleased to serve as Belgium’s Principal Investigator for this European study, whose aim is to improve patient care and quality of life.”
Previously authorized for studies in patients suffering from dRTA, the recently approved pivotal Phase II/III clinical trial has been designed to evaluate the efficacy, safety, tolerance and compliance of ADV7103 in patients living with cystinuria. It does so in anticipation of the drug candidate’s approval for this second indication in Europe, which is expected to double the size of its market population.
“The authorization to initiate a pivotal cystinuria clinical trial in Belgium increases our recruitment capacity for patients in this European study,” Dr. Luc-André Granier, Chief Executive Officer of Advicenne adds, “and we are delighted to be partnering with UZ Leuven, which is one the best medical research centers in Europe and which has an internationally-recognized Department of Nephrology.”
These developments will be financed with funds previously raised by Advicenne, which closed 2018 with a cash position of more than 26 M€ (30 M$). This sum is in line with Advicenne’s forecasts and offers the company a financial visibility extending beyond the coming 24 months on the present basis.
Cystinuria is a rare inherited disease characterized by a transport abnormality of basic amino acids in the renal tubule causing the recurrent formation of large kidney stones. The disease can be diagnosed at all ages, but clinical symptoms generally appear in the first twenty years of life. Its prevalence in Europe is on average one out of seven thousand, or approximately seventy thousand patients.1 There is currently no first-line treatment authorized for this pathology in Europe.
Advicenne (Euronext: ADVIC) specializes in pediatric-friendly therapeutics for the treatment of orphan renal and neurological diseases. The French pharmaceutical company’s lead product, ADV7103, has achieved positive results in Europe in a pivotal Phase III study in children and adults with distal Renal Tubular Acidosis (dRTA). In addition to this indication, ADV7103 is being developed for Cystinuria, an inherited renal tubulopathy.
Advicenne plans to file ADV7103 for market authorization for dRTA in Europe in the coming months and anticipates its commercial launch in 2020 in Europe. In North America, the US FDA and Health Canada gave clearance to begin a pivotal Phase III clinical trial assessing ADV7103 in dRTA patients. Commercial launch in the United States is anticipated in 2021.
Advicenne is listed on the regulated market of Euronext in Paris (ISIN: FR0013296746; Euronext ticker: ADVIC). Established in 2007, the company is headquartered in Nîmes, France.
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1 Eggermann T. et al, La cystinurie : une cause innée de lithiase urinaire, Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, 2012 ; 7:19
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