First patient enrolled in Japan for Pharming's trial of leniolisib for the treatment of APDS

By Liza Laws

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The first patient has been enrolled in a phase 3 clinical trial of leniolsib a treatment for a rare inherited condition affecting how the immune system works.

The single arm study run by Pharming Group NV and taking place in Japan is aimed at patients aged 12 years and older with activated phosphoinositide 3-kinase delta syndrome (APDS).  

Pharming’s open-label clinical trial will evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of leniolisib in three patients who have a confirmed APDS diagnosis. Each patient will receive weight-based dosing up to 70mg of leniolisib twice daily for 12 weeks.

The study’s primary efficacy endpoints and secondary endpoints mirror those used to evaluate the clinical outcomes in each of the leniolisib APDS trials.

The company plans to include data from the trial in a future registration application for the approval of leniolisib to be filed with Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA). Eligible patients enrolled in the trial will continue to receive the investigational drug for at least one year through an open-label extension trial.

Hirokazu Kanegane, professor of the Department of Child Health and Development, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, said: “The initiation of this clinical study is a positive step for the APDS community in Japan.

“With patients currently reliant on supportive treatments, the prospect of a disease-modifying treatment for this rare primary immunodeficiency could represent an exciting new treatment option for patients, their families, caregivers and their doctors in Japan.”

In May 2023, leniolisib was granted orphan drug designation (ODD) by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan (MHLW) for the treatment of APDS. There is currently no approved therapy in Japan for this complex and progressive disease.

The MHLW’s ODD system promotes the research and development of investigational drugs designed to treat diseases associated with significant unmet medical need and which affect fewer than 50,000 patients across Japan.

Investigational drugs granted ODD in Japan benefit from additional guidance and subsidies for research and development activities, consultation for clinical development, and priority review of marketing authorization applications.

Anurag Relan, chief medical officer of Pharming, said: “Building on the success of our multinational phase 2/3 study of leniolisib in patients with APDS, 12 years of age and older, I am pleased to confirm the initiation of our phase 3 trial supporting the same population in Japan.

“By conducting this study, Pharming’s goal is to introduce an oral treatment option that has the potential to alter the course of disease for patients with APDS, a rare and progressive disease, in Japan.

“Following the FDA’s recent approval of Joenja in the U.S., we are working with regulatory authorities to expand access to this targeted treatment for patients across the globe through additional market authorizations.” 

Leniolisib received regulatory approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of APDS in patients 12 years of age or older in March 2023 and was commercially launched under the brand name Joenja in the US in April 2023.

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