Ionis and Akcea Close on Strategic Collaboration with Global Pharmaceutical Company to Develop and Commercialize AKCEA-APO(a)-L Rx and AKCEA-APOCIII-L Rx
Lp(a) is considered a key driver for cardiovascular disease due to its association with an increased risk of coronary heart disease. Lp(a) is a lipoprotein particle that is assembled in the liver and consists of the apolipoprotein(a) protein covalently linked to LDL-cholesterol. Diet and lifestyle changes have little impact on Lp(a) levels and current therapies are not able to adequately reduce elevated levels of Lp(a) to acceptable levels in patients who have severely elevated Lp(a). Additional information is available through Lipoprotein (a) Foundation at www.lipoproteinafoundation.org.
In a Phase 1/2a study in healthy volunteers with elevated Lipoprotein(a), AKCEA-APO(a)-LRx produced significant and sustained reductions in Lp(a) of up to 97% with mean reduction of 79% after only a single, small volume dose and with multiple doses, observed reductions of Lp(a) of up to 99% with a mean reduction of 92%.
ABOUT APOCIII AND TRIGLYCERIDES
ApoC-III is a protein produced in the liver that plays a central role in the regulation of serum triglycerides. Humans who do not produce ApoC-III have lower levels of triglycerides and lower instances of cardiovascular disease. Humans with elevated levels of ApoC-III have high triglycerides associated with multiple metabolic abnormalities, such as insulin resistance and/or metabolic syndrome. In addition, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is increased in patients with elevated triglycerides.
AKCEA-APOCIII-LRx is currently being evaluated in a Phase 1/2a study in healthy volunteers with elevated triglycerides.
ABOUT AKCEA THERAPEUTICS
Akcea Therapeutics is focused on developing and commercializing drugs for patients with serious cardiometabolic diseases caused by lipid disorders. Established as a wholly owned subsidiary of
Ionis is the leading company in RNA-targeted drug discovery and development focused on developing drugs for patients who have the highest unmet medical needs, such as those patients with severe and rare diseases. Using its proprietary antisense technology, Ionis has created a large pipeline of first-in-class or best-in-class drugs, with over three dozen drugs in development. SPINRAZA™ (nusinersen) is a drug that has been approved in the U.S. for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in pediatric and adult patients. Biogen is responsible for commercialization of SPINRAZA. Drugs currently in Phase 3 development include volanesorsen, a drug Ionis is developing and plans to commercialize through its wholly owned subsidiary, Akcea Therapeutics, to treat patients with either familial chylomicronemia syndrome or familial partial lipodystrophy; and IONIS-TTRRx, a drug Ionis is developing with GSK to treat patients with TTR amyloidosis. Ionis' patents provide strong and extensive protection for its drugs and technology. Additional information about Ionis is available at www.ionispharma.com.
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