MENLO PARK, Calif., Nov. 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Versartis, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAR), an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company that is developing somavaratan (VRS-317), a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) for growth hormone deficiency (GHD), presented safety, efficacy, and IGF-I data from somavaratan treatment in the combined Phase 2a and ongoing VISTA long-term safety study for pediatric GHD today during the 8th International Congress of the GRS & IGF Society. Will Charlton MD, MAS, FAAP, Senior Medical Director at Versartis, delivered an oral presentation and was the lead author on the featured poster, both of which will be made available on the Versartis website: http://ir.versartis.com/events.cfm.
"These results from patients in the somavaratan Phase 2a and long term VISTA study indicate that increasing the dose to 3.5mg/kg twice-monthly safely improved IGF-I SDS and height velocity and this dose now being evaluated in the Phase 3 VELOCITY trial," said Nancy M. Wright, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine and Medical Director at Nancy Wright, MD, P.A. She is a co-author on the presentation and a somavaratan trial investigator. "Additionally, the safety profile following 2½ years of therapy is consistent with daily rhGH treatment. Somavaratan showed no novel safety signals. We look forward to the results of the ongoing Phase 3 trial in the third quarter of 2017."
The oral presentation entitled, "Results of Somavaratan (VRS-317) dose increase in the first two years of treatment in pre-pubertal children with growth hormone deficiency (GHD)", highlighted the changes in mean IGF-I SDS and height velocity (HV) between treatment duration at the lower initial doses totaling 5.0 mg/kg monthly and subsequently increased to a total of 7.0 mg/kg monthly in the Phase 2a and subsequent VISTA long-term safety study. Dosing frequency varied in Year 1; however, all 64 subjects initially received 5.0 mg/kg monthly in divided weekly, monthly or twice-monthly doses. Subjects initially in the weekly cohort increased to 7.0 mg/kg divided twice-monthly during the first treatment year, 5 subjects at month 6 and 15 subjects at month 9 and by Year 2, all had increased to the 3.5 mg/kg twice-monthly dose. Baseline mean IGF-I SDS for the total cohort was -1.7 (±0.78). The dose increase to 3.5 mg/kg twice-monthly resulted in increased mean IGF-I SDS peak from 0.09 (±1.35) during treatment duration at 5.0 mg/kg monthly to 0.60 (±1.42) at 7.0 mg/kg monthly — the upper end of the therapeutic range — and trough from -1.4 (±1.03) to -0.7 (±1.25). On the lower dose, transient IGF-I SDS excursions >2 were observed in 7 subjects, all in the monthly cohort. After the dose increase and move to twice-monthly dosing, IGF-I SDS excursions were observed in 9 subjects (range 2.01, 3.67). All peaks >2 SDS were transient and none were associated with AEs. Fewer subjects reported related AEs after the dose increase than before and no related SAEs were reported. The dose increase also maintained annualized HV into the second year of treatment at 5.0 mg/kg vs. 7.0 mg/kg total monthly dose (8.04±2.59 cm/yr vs. 7.96±2.32), and height SDS continued to improve (-2.3±0.63 vs. -1.7±0.76).
The poster entitled, "Safety Profile of Somavaratan (VRS-317), a Novel Long-Acting rhGH Fusion Protein, in Pre-Pubertal Children with Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD)," reviewed safety data from 30 months of dosing in the Phase 1b/2a clinical trial and subsequent VISTA study. As reported previously, related adverse events (AEs) were all mild/moderate and transient. The most commonly reported AEs were injection site pain (31/64, 48%), injection site erythema (6/64, 9%), and headache (5/64, 8%). The frequency of related AEs declined substantially after the initial 6-month exposure period, and no related serious AEs were reported.
Somavaratan is Versartis' investigational, novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH). This fusion protein consists of rhGH and specific sequences of naturally-occurring hydrophilic amino acids based on a proprietary XTEN®1 technology. Somavaratan has been designed with the goal of improving therapeutic outcomes for children and adults with growth hormone deficiency (GHD), including enhanced adherence and convenience with a twice-monthly dosing schedule, fine gauge needle autoinjector device and room temperature storage.
Somavaratan is currently being evaluated for the treatment of pediatric GHD in the pivotal Phase 3 VELOCITY trial in the U.S., Canada and Europe, for which data are anticipated in Q3 2017, and the J14VR5 Phase 2/3 trial in Japan. Confirmatory safety and efficacy data from up to 30 months of dosing in the Phase 2 trial and VISTA long-term safety study were presented during the Endocrine Society and European Society of Paediatric Endocrinology 2016 annual meetings. In adult GHD, results have been reported from the Phase 2 VITAL trial in the U.S., Europe and Australia and a Phase 3 trial is expected to begin during the second half of 2017.
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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. For more information on Versartis, visit www.versartis.com.
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