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|Gilead and Galapagos Announce Results With Filgotinib in the Phase 2 Equator Study in Psoriatic Arthritis and Progression Into Phase 3 for the Selection Study in Ulcerative Colitis|
-- EQUATOR Achieves Primary Endpoint of ACR20 Response at Week 16 --
-- Galapagos to Receive
Filgotinib was generally well-tolerated in the EQUATOR trial, with no new safety signals observed and similar laboratory changes compared to those reported in previous trials with filgotinib in rheumatoid arthritis patients. The adverse event rate was similar in both groups with mostly mild or moderate events reported. There was one serious infection in the filgotinib group, a patient who experienced pneumonia with a fatal outcome. One other patient receiving filgotinib developed herpes zoster. There were no cases of opportunistic infection, tuberculosis, thromboembolism, or malignancy.
“The data from the EQUATOR study are very impressive and indicate that
filgotinib has the potential to have a significant effect on signs and
symptoms of psoriatic arthritis, a condition where there is still a high
unmet medical need,” said Dr.
“We are pleased to report that filgotinib remains consistent in terms of
activity and tolerability, now also in psoriatic arthritis,” said Dr.
Detailed results from the EQUATOR trial will be submitted for presentation at a future scientific conference.
Separately, Gilead and Galapagos also announced that an independent Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) conducted a planned interim futility analysis of the filgotinib Phase 2b/3 ulcerative colitis study, SELECTION, after 350 patients completed the induction period in the Phase 2b portion of the study. The DMC recommended that the study proceed into Phase 3 as planned at both the 100 mg and 200 mg once daily dose level in biologic-experienced and biologic-naïve patients.
Galapagos is to receive a
“We continue to see great potential with filgotinib to treat a range of
inflammatory diseases,” said
Filgotinib is investigational and its efficacy and safety have not been established. For information about the clinical trials with filgotinib: www.clinicaltrials.gov.
About the EQUATOR Trial
Initiated by Galapagos in
The primary objective of EQUATOR was to evaluate the effect of filgotinib compared to placebo on the signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis, as assessed by ACR20 at Week 16. Secondary objectives included ACR50/70 and minimum disease activity (MDA) as well as the effects of filgotinib on psoriasis, dactylitis (whole finger inflammation) and enthesitis (inflammation of the tendons).
About Psoriatic Arthritis
Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory form of arthritis, affecting up to 30 percent of psoriasis patients. Psoriatic arthritis can cause swelling, stiffness and pain in and around the joints, cause nail changes and overall fatigue. Studies show that delaying treatment for psoriatic arthritis as little as six months can result in permanent joint damage. Early recognition, diagnosis and treatment of psoriatic arthritis are critical to relieve pain and inflammation and help prevent joint damage. Despite the availability of a number of treatment options, few current treatments effectively relieve enthesitis and symptoms in the joints and the skin.
About the SELECTION Phase 3 Trial
Initiated by Gilead in late 2016, the SELECTION Phase 2b/3 trial is a multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to assess the safety and efficacy of the selective JAK1 inhibitor filgotinib in adult patients with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis. A total of 1,300 patients are targeted to be randomized to receive filgotinib 100 mg, 200 mg, or placebo once-daily administered for 58 weeks. The primary objective of SELECTION is to evaluate the efficacy of filgotinib as compared to placebo in establishing EBS (endoscopy, bleeding, stool) remission at Week 10.
About the Galapagos – Gilead Collaboration
Galapagos and Gilead entered into a global collaboration for the development and commercialization of filgotinib in inflammatory indications. The Phase 2 EQUATOR trial in psoriatic arthritis is one of several Phase 2 trials in inflammatory diseases that were initiated in 2017 in addition to the ongoing FINCH Phase 3 program in rheumatoid arthritis, the DIVERSITY Phase 3 trial in Crohn’s disease (also small bowel and fistulizing Crohn’s disease Phase 2 studies) and the Phase 2b/3 SELECTION trial in ulcerative colitis.
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This release may contain forward-looking statements with respect to
Galapagos, including statements regarding Galapagos’ strategic
ambitions, the mechanism of action and potential safety and efficacy of
filgotinib, the anticipated timing of clinical studies with filgotinib
and the progression and results of such studies. Galapagos cautions the
reader that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future
performance. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors which might cause the actual results,
financial condition and liquidity, performance or achievements of
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historic or future results, financial conditions and liquidity,
performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking
statements. In addition, even if Galapagos’ results, performance,
financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry
in which it operates are consistent with such forward-looking
statements, they may not be predictive of results or developments in
future periods. Among the factors that may result in differences are the
inherent uncertainties associated with competitive developments,
clinical trial and product development activities and regulatory
approval requirements (including that data from the ongoing and planned
clinical research programs may not support registration or further
development of filgotinib due to safety, efficacy or other reasons),
Galapagos’ reliance on collaborations with third parties (including its
collaboration partner for filgotinib, Gilead), and estimating the
commercial potential of Galapagos’ product candidates. A further list
and description of these risks, uncertainties and other risks can be
found in Galapagos’
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This press release includes forward-looking statements within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are
subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, including the
parties’ ability to complete the clinical trial programs evaluating
filgotinib for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis, ulcerative colitis
and other inflammatory diseases in the currently anticipated timelines,
or at all. In addition, there is the possibility of unfavorable results
from additional clinical trials involving filgotinib. Further, it is
possible that the parties may make a strategic decision to discontinue
development of filgotinib, and as a result, filgotinib may never be
successfully commercialized. All statements other than statements of
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forward-looking statements. These and other risks are described in
detail in Gilead’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended
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