Jasper Therapeutics Announces IND Clearance for Phase 1b/2a Study of Subcutaneous Briquilimab in Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria
First Patient Expected to be Dosed by Year-end 2023; Early Data Expected by Mid-2024
Clinical Study in Chronic Inducible Urticaria Planned to Commence in Early 2024
“We’re very excited to be advancing briquilimab into clinical studies for chronic urticaria patients,” said
The Phase 1b/2a study in CSU is a dose escalation study evaluating repeat doses of subcutaneous briquilimab in adult CSU patients who remain symptomatic after treatment with, or who cannot tolerate omalizumab. The study is expected to enroll approximately 40 patients across 6 cohorts and the primary endpoints will be safety and tolerability of briquilimab with secondary endpoints focused on efficacy measures and pharmacokinetics. The study will be conducted at sites in the US and EU and Jasper is expecting to enroll the first patient by the end of 2023 and to be able to report data from early cohorts by mid-2024.
“Clearance of the IND for the CSU study is a critical milestone for Jasper, which represents the first step in building out our pipeline with a focus on treating mast cell diseases with briquilimab,” said
Briquilimab (formerly JSP191) is a targeted aglycosylated monoclonal antibody that blocks stem cell factor from binding to the cell-surface receptor c-Kit, also known as CD117, thereby inhibiting signaling through the receptor. This inhibition disrupts the critical survival signal, leading to the depletion of the mast cells via apoptosis which removes the underlying source of the inflammatory response in mast cell driven disease such as chronic urticaria. Jasper intends to start clinical studies of briquilimab as a primary treatment in Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria as well as in Chronic Inducible Urticaria. Briquilimab is also currently in clinical studies as a treatment for patients with Low to Intermediate Risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and as a conditioning agent for cell and gene therapies for rare diseases. To date, briquilimab has a demonstrated efficacy and safety profile in more than 145 dosed participants and healthy volunteers, with clinical outcomes as a conditioning agent in severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), MDS, Fanconi anemia (FA), and sickle cell disease (SCD).
Jasper is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing briquilimab, a monoclonal antibody targeting c-Kit (CD117) as a therapeutic for chronic mast and stem cell diseases such as chronic urticaria and lower to intermediate risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and as a conditioning agent for stem cell transplants for rare diseases such as sickle cell disease (SCD), Fanconi anemia (FA) and severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). To date, briquilimab has a demonstrated efficacy and safety profile in more than 145 dosed participants and healthy volunteers, with clinical outcomes as a conditioning agent in SCID, acute myeloid leukemia (AML), MDS, FA, and SCD. For more information, please visit us at www.jaspertherapeutics.com.
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