Jena, Germany, September 29, 2022 – InflaRx N.V. (Nasdaq: IFRX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing anti-inflammatory therapeutics by targeting the complement system, today submitted a request for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) following encouraging interactions with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at a Type B meeting held this summer. Additionally, InflaRx has been granted Fast Track designation from the FDA for vilobelimab for the treatment of critically ill, intubated, mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients.
The EUA submission and Fast Track designation are based on the results of the PANAMO trial, one of the largest, global, 1:1 randomized, placebo-controlled Phase III studies conducted in invasively mechanically ventilated, critically ill COVID-19 patients. The detailed results of the study were recently published in the peer-reviewed journal, The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.
Prof. Niels C. Riedemann, CEO and Founder of InflaRx, said: “The EUA submission is an exciting milestone for InflaRx in the development of our lead candidate, vilobelimab. We believe that the data from our Phase III study strongly support the potential of vilobelimab to reduce the number of deaths in critically ill, invasively mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients. Patients are still progressing to this critical status despite the availability of vaccines and other treatments for earlier disease stages and continue to show high mortality rates.”
He continued: “The FDA’s granting of Fast Track designation for vilobelimab in this indication underscores the need for effective new therapies to treat COVID-19 patients who have progressed to critical disease with viral sepsis and organ failure. We look forward to working with the FDA on the review of our application with the goal of making vilobelimab available to patients in need.”
The FDA’s Fast Track designation is designed to facilitate the development and expedite the review of treatments for serious medical conditions, thereby addressing unmet medical needs. Therapies that are included in this program may be eligible for more frequent interactions with the FDA to discuss the development path, and, if the program criteria are met, eligibility for a potential Rolling Review, Accelerated Approval, and Priority Review.
Vilobelimab is a first-in-class monoclonal anti-human complement factor C5a antibody, which highly and effectively blocks the biological activity of C5a and demonstrates high selectivity towards its target in human blood. Thus, vilobelimab leaves the formation of the membrane attack complex (C5b-9) intact as an important defense mechanism, which is not the case for molecules blocking the cleavage of C5. Vilobelimab has been demonstrated in pre-clinical studies to control the inflammatory response driven tissue and organ damage by specifically blocking C5a as a key “amplifier” of this response. Vilobelimab is believed to be the first monoclonal anti-C5a antibody introduced into clinical development. Vilobelimab has been shown to be well tolerated within clinical trials in different disease settings. Vilobelimab is currently being developed for various indications, including pyoderma gangrenosum and critical COVID-19. Vilobelimab is also in Phase II development for patients suffering from cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.
The COVID-19 related work described herein is partly funded by the German Federal Government through grant number 16LW0113 (VILO-COVID). All responsibility for the content of this work lies with InflaRx.
About InflaRx N.V.
InflaRx (Nasdaq: IFRX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on applying its proprietary technology to discover and develop first-in-class or best-in-class, potent and specific inhibitors of C5a and C5aR. Complement C5a and C5aR are powerful inflammatory mediators involved in the progression of a wide variety of autoimmune and other inflammatory diseases. InflaRx was founded in 2007, and the group has offices and subsidiaries in Jena and Munich, Germany, as well as Ann Arbor, MI, USA. For further information, please visit www.inflarx.com.
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