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The New England Journal Of Medicine Publishes Positive Proof-Of-Concept Data For New Asthma Treatment

May 20, 2014

Early Data Demonstrate Anti-TSLP Therapy Reduces Early and Late Asthmatic Responses and Several Key Inflammatory Markers

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) today announced that The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published positive results from a Phase 1 study adding to the growing body of evidence that inhibiting thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) could be beneficial in the treatment of asthma. TSLP is a cytokine thought to be a key driver of allergic inflammation. These are the first clinical data to be reported for an anti-TSLP therapy. The results were also presented today at the American Thoracic Society 2014 international conference taking place in San Diego.

Results from the 31-patient study showed treatment for 12 weeks with AMG 157, a monoclonal antibody that inhibits the activity of TSLP, resulted in statistically significant reductions in early asthmatic responses (EAR) and late asthmatic responses (LAR) in the airways following allergen challenges in patients with allergic (atopic) asthma. The data also showed statistically significant decreases in baseline markers of inflammation in the airways. Overall, adverse events were similar across treatment and placebo groups (15 events in the treatment arm versus 12 events in the placebo arm), with no serious adverse events occurring in the study.

“While these data are very early, they help to confirm our belief that TSLP is a critical early mediator that may be responsible for persisting airway inflammation and triggering the inflammatory response to allergens in allergic asthmatic patients,” said Paul M. O’Byrne, MB, FRCPC, FRSC, executive director of the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. “These results form the basis for further development of this compound.”

AMG 157 is a monoclonal immunoglobulin IgG2 that binds to and inhibits TSLP from interacting with its receptor. TSLP is a cytokine that is believed to play a critical role in the start of the allergic cascade, specifically the inflammatory response, and is generated by lung tissue when an allergen is introduced. Studies have also shown higher amounts of TSLP were produced in the lung tissue of individuals with asthma compared to healthy individuals, and the TSLP gene has been associated with both childhood and adult allergic asthma.

“Understanding the underlying biology of disease is critically important to continuing to discover novel treatments for patients suffering from a variety of diseases,” said Brian Kotzin, M.D., vice president of Global Development at Amgen. “These data give us insight into the importance of TSLP as a mediator of asthmatic response and the ability to inhibit inflammation in asthma.”

MEDI9929/AMG 157[1] is being jointly developed by Amgen and AstraZeneca, with its global biologics research and development arm MedImmune. MEDI9929/AMG 157 is currently in Phase 2 development for the treatment of asthma. Click here for more information.

“We are encouraged by these early results and look forward to leading further development of this promising new biologic in partnership with Amgen,” said Bing Yao, Ph.D., senior vice president and head of MedImmune’s Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity Innovative Medicines Unit. “The goal of the Phase 2 study is to understand if this approach could provide benefit for patients with severe asthma.”

Study Design

The double-blind, placebo-controlled parallel-group study was conducted as a proof-of-concept study to determine whether treatment with AMG 157 prevents allergen-induced airway responses in patients with allergic asthma. Thirty-one participants who developed EAR and LAR were enrolled and randomized to AMG 157 (n=16) or placebo (n=15). Participants received three doses of AMG 157 (700 mg intravenously) or placebo, four weeks apart. Allergen challenges were conducted on days -14, 42 and 84.

Detailed results from this trial were published in NEJM and can be viewed here.

About Asthma

An estimated 300 million people worldwide have asthma[2], a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways, characterized by recurrent episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and cough. Approximately 70 percent of asthma patients[3] also have allergies. Allergic asthma is caused in part by a genetic tendency to develop allergic diseases, typically associated with heightened immune responses to common allergens, especially inhaled allergens and food allergens. Allergen inhalation by atopic asthmatics causes symptoms including reversible airflow obstruction, airway hyperresponsiveness, and airway inflammation.

About the Amgen and AstraZeneca Collaboration

In April 2012, Amgen and AstraZeneca formed a collaboration to jointly develop and commercialize five monoclonal antibodies from Amgen’s clinical inflammation portfolio. With oversight from joint governing bodies, Amgen leads clinical development and commercialization for brodalumab (Phase 3 for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, Phase 2 for asthma) and AMG 557/MEDI5872 (Phase 1b for autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus). AstraZeneca, through its biologics arm MedImmune, leads clinical development and commercialization for MEDI7183/AMG 181 (Phase 2 for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), MEDI2070/AMG 139 (Phase 2 for Crohn’s disease) and MEDI9929/AMG 157 (Phase 2 for asthma).

About Amgen

Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools, like advanced human genetics, to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its biologics manufacturing expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people’s lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be the world’s largest independent biotechnology company, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

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References

[1] As part of the collaboration agreement, the compound reference number has been changed from AMG 157 to MEDI9929/AMG 157. Phase 2 clinical studies are referenced on clinicaltrials.gov under MEDI9929 or AMG 157.

[2] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Vital Signs, May 2011.

[3] World Health Organization. Global surveillance, prevention and control of chronic respiratory diseases: a comprehensive approach, 2007.

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