LONDON, March 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Freeline TherapeuticsHoldings plc announced that the first patient was dosed in its Phase 1/2 B-LIEVE dose-confirmation clinical trial of FLT180a for the treatment of hemophilia B, a debilitating genetic bleeding disorder caused by a deficiency in the clotting factor IX protein. FLT180a uses a potent and proprietary adeno-associated virus vector capsid (AAVS3) to deliver the functioning gene of a variant of human factor IX and restore normal blood clot formation.
Pamela Foulds, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Freeline, said, “We are optimistic that the combination of a low dose (7.7e11 vg/kg) of our high-expression AAVS3 capsid with a short prophylactic immune management regimen can get and keep hemophilia B patients in the normal range of Factor IX expression. This is a meaningful step towards realizing the potential of FLT180a to provide a functional cure through sustained, normalized FIX activity.”
Michael Parini, Chief Executive Officer of Freeline, said “We are very excited about this progress in our hemophilia B program as our enhanced focus on execution is starting to pay dividends to unlock the value of our clinical programs. In addition, this is the first patient Freeline has dosed in the U.S., which affirms our commitment to diversify our clinical trial footprint and build resiliency into our programs.”
“Looking ahead, we believe we have already identified enough patients to fully enroll the B-LIEVE trial via the ECLIPSE run-in study, and expect to complete the dosing of the first cohort and share initial results by the end of the first half of this year. We continue to progress against these key milestones as we chart the path toward a pivotal Phase 3 study of FLT180a, and currently plan to initiate start-up activities for that study in the first half of 2023,” Michael Parini continued.
The Company expects to report initial safety and biomarker data from the first dose cohort of the B-LIEVE trial in the first half of 2022. Should dosing of additional patients in the first dose cohort or dosing of the second cohort be necessary, Freeline expects those to be completed by the end of the third quarter of 2022. The Company expects to report further updated safety and biomarker data in both the second half of 2022 and the first half of 2023 and to initiate Phase 3 pivotal trial start-up activities in the first half of 2023.
About B-LIEVE Dose-Confirmation Trial
B-LIEVE is a Phase 1/2 dose-confirmation trial of FLT180a manufactured at commercial scale and using a starting dose of 7.7e11 vg/kg and a short course of prophylactic immune management with the goal of normalizing FIX levels. This dose was selected based on the results of B-AMAZE and multiple modeling approaches. Freeline expects the B-LIEVE trial will finalize a dose for the planned Phase 3 pivotal trial intended to consistently enable FIX expression in the normal range for patients with hemophilia B.
About Freeline Therapeutics
Freeline is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing transformative adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector-mediated systemic gene therapies. The Company is dedicated to improving patient lives through innovative, one-time treatments that provide functional cures for inherited systemic debilitating diseases. Freeline uses its proprietary, rationally designed AAV vector, along with novel promoters and transgenes, to deliver a functional copy of a therapeutic gene into human liver cells, thereby expressing a persistent functional level of the missing or dysfunctional protein into the patient’s bloodstream. The Company’s integrated gene therapy platform includes in-house capabilities in research, clinical development, manufacturing and commercialization. The Company has clinical programs in hemophilia B, Fabry disease, and Gaucher disease Type 1. Freeline is headquartered in the UK and has operations in Germany and the US.
About FLT180a for Hemophilia B
The Freeline hemophilia B program, FLT180a, uses a potent, rationally designed capsid (AAVS3) containing an expression cassette encoding a gain of function Padua variant of human factor IX (FIX). FLT180a was studied in B-AMAZE, a Phase 1/2 dose-finding trial in patients with severe and moderately severe hemophilia B with the goal of normalizing FIX activity in patients with moderate and severe hemophilia. Patients treated in B-AMAZE are being followed in a long-term follow-up study. A Phase 1/2 dose-confirmation trial of FLT180a called B-LIEVE has been initiated.
Hemophilia is a genetic bleeding disorder caused by a deficiency in clotting factor protein that impairs blood clot formation. In hemophilia B, there is a deficiency of the clotting factor IX (nine) protein. Hemophilia B is an X-linked disease that mainly affects boys and men; however, women who carry an affected copy of the clotting factor gene may also experience symptoms. Hemophilia B affects about one in every 30,000 males. Hemophilia is classified as mild, moderate or severe, depending on the level of clotting factor VIII or IX in the blood, and is diagnosed through blood tests.
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