MENLO PARK, Calif., May 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Versartis, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAR), an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company that is developing somavaratan, a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) for growth hormone deficiency (GHD), announced that three-year safety and efficacy results for somavaratan and a comparison of baseline demographics within its Phase 2a and Phase 3 trials were presented during the 19th European Congress of Endocrinology (ECE), May 20 — 23, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal.
"The three-year data from the VISTA study in children with GHD has shown safety and efficacy that is in line with contemporary registry data for daily rhGH," said Philippe F. Backeljauw, M.D., Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and a somavaratan trial investigator. "Our review of the baseline characteristics across the Phase 2 and Phase 3 pediatric studies showed similar treatment populations. Assuming the response profile is maintained in the Phase 3 VELOCITY study, there may be significant interest in somavaratan for the treatment of pediatric GHD, given the potential to decrease injection burden on patients and enhance adherence with therapy."
The poster entitled "3-Year Safety and Efficacy Update of the VERTICAL & VISTA Trials of Somavaratan (VRS-317), a Long-Acting rhGH, in Children with Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD)," highlighted safety and efficacy data in 48 patients who completed three years of somavaratan treatment in the Phase 2a VERTICAL study and subsequent VISTA long-term safety study. Mean height velocity (HV) for years 1, 2, and 3, following a dose increase at the beginning of Year 2, was comparable to reported HV for daily rhGH therapy. Height SDS continued to improve over the course of treatment, IGF-I responses achieved the target therapeutic range, and change in bone age compared to chronologic age was consistent with observed changes in published literature for the ANSWER Registry for daily rhGH. Overall, the three-year results support the 3.5 mg/kg twice-monthly dose regimen being used in the ongoing Phase 3 VELOCITY trial.
The poster entitled "Achievement of a Suitable Basis of Comparison in Phase 2 and 3 Clinical Trials (VERTICAL/VISTA, and VELOCITY) Comparing Somavaratan vs Daily rhGH for Pediatric Growth Hormone Deficiency (PGHD)" compares the baseline characteristics of the patients in both arms of the Phase 3 VELOCITY trial and patients in the Phase 2a VERTICAL trial. Consistent inclusion/exclusion criteria were used in both trials and a stratification procedure balanced the arms in the Phase 3 non-inferiority trial. This approach yielded patient populations without clinically meaningful differences in baseline characteristics, either within the Phase 3 VELOCITY somavaratan and daily treatment arms or between the VERTICAL and VELOCITY trials. Thus, a valid basis of comparison between treatment populations was achieved.
About Versartis, Inc.
Versartis, Inc. is an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company initially developing somavaratan, a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone in late-stage clinical trials for the treatment of GHD in children and adults. Somavaratan is intended to reduce the burden of daily injection therapy by requiring significantly fewer injections, potentially improving adherence and, therefore, treatment outcomes.
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