IGM Biosciences Announces FDA Clearance to Begin Clinical Studies of Imvotamab in Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IGM Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: IGMS), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on creating and developing IgM antibodies, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared two Investigational New Drug (IND) applications for imvotamab, an IgM-based CD20 X CD3 bispecific antibody T cell engager, enabling the initiation of Phase 1b studies in both severe systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The Company plans to begin patient enrollment in both multicenter clinical studies in the third quarter of 2023.
“Treating autoimmune disease with T cell engagers is an exciting new field of therapeutic research, and we believe imvotamab, with its potential for deep B cell depletion, offers the opportunity to lead and transform treatment in this area,” said Mary Beth Harler, M.D., President, IGM Autoimmunity and Inflammation. “Over the last two decades, CD20 has become well-established as a therapeutic target in multiple autoimmune diseases. The data from our non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma clinical studies indicate that imvotamab can deplete CD20 expressing B cells, even rapidly growing lymphoma cells, with a favorable safety profile as compared with other T cell engaging CD20 x CD3 antibodies. Emerging data with cell-based therapies suggest that deep B cell depletion may have the potential to reset the immune system in patients with certain autoimmune diseases. We look forward to initiating these Phase 1b clinical trials for patients with SLE and RA in the third quarter of 2023 and fully developing the potential of imvotamab and other IgM based T cell engagers in autoimmune diseases.”
The primary outcome measure of the Phase 1b SLE and RA clinical trials will be the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and biologic activity of imvotamab in patients with severe SLE and severe RA who have failed multiple prior therapies. In preclinical in vivo studies, imvotamab has demonstrated deep B cell depletion within tissues, where depletion of pathogenic immune cells may be critical to long-term clinical benefit in autoimmune diseases. Imvotamab has also demonstrated in preclinical in vitro studies that it can be more effective in depleting B cells with low levels of CD20 expression as compared to rituximab. Further, recently reported results from the Company’s Phase1 and Phase 2 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) studies demonstrated an incidence of cytokine release syndrome (CRS) that was lower than the rates of CRS reported for other T cell engaging bispecific CD20 x CD3 antibodies in comparable NHL clinical studies.
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