SAN DIEGO, May 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARNA) today announced that it has initiated sites for its ELEVATE UC Phase 3 global program to evaluate etrasimod 2 mg in subjects with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis (UC). Arena will present new data from its investigative drug candidates etrasimod, a next-generation, once-daily, oral, selective sphingosine 1 phosphate (S1P) receptor modulator, and olorinab, a peripherally acting, highly selective, full agonist of the cannabinoid type 2 receptor (CB2) in development for the treatment of visceral pain associated with gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW). DDW is the world's largest gathering of physicians, researchers and industry in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. In addition to the presentations, Arena Pharmaceuticals will have a booth at DDW located in the exhibit hall, booth #3417.
"We are thrilled that we have initiated sites for our Phase 3 ELEVATE UC program. This further reinforces our commitment to bringing a potential new therapy to inflammatory bowel disease patients globally, and brings us one step closer to that goal," stated Preston Klassen, MD, MHS, Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Medical Officer of Arena. "We hope to address the significant unmet need that still affects 60-80% of IBD patients, who are either not receiving or failing on current standard of care."
Presentation Title: Histologic Remission and Mucosal Healing in a Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Phase 2 Study of Etrasimod in Patients with Moderately to Severely Active Ulcerative Colitis
Presenter: Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet, MD, PhD
Session Date: May 21, 2019
Presentation Time: 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Room 20BCD
Presentation Title: Correlation of Fecal Calprotectin and C-Reactive Protein Concentrations with Clinical Outcomes and Endoscopic Disease Activity in Patients with Ulcerative Colitis Receiving Induction Therapy with Etrasimod
Presenter: Andres Yarur, MD
Poster Session Date: May 21, 2019
Session Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Poster Number: Tu1745
Location: Hall C-E
Presentation Title: Olorinab, a Peripherally Acting, Highly Selective, Full Agonist of the Cannabinoid Type 2 Receptor (CB2), Reduces Visceral Hypersensitivity in Animal Models
Presenter: Stuart M. Brierley, PhD
Poster Session Date: May 18, 2019
Session Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Poster Number: Sa1738
Location: Halls C-E
Presentation Title: Safety and Efficacy of Olorinab, a Peripherally Acting, Highly Selective, Cannabinoid Type 2 Receptor Agonist in a Phase 2a Study in Chronic Abdominal Pain Associated with Crohn's Disease
Presenter: Bruce Yacyshyn, MD
Poster Session Date: May 19, 2019
SessionTime: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Poster Number: Su1930
Location: Halls C-E
Etrasimod (APD334) is a next-generation, oral, selective sphingosine 1 phosphate (S1P) receptor modulator, discovered by Arena, designed to provide systemic and local cell modulation by selectively targeting S1P receptor subtypes 1, 4 and 5. Etrasimod has therapeutic potential in immune and inflammatory-mediated diseases such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and atopic dermatitis. S1P receptors have been demonstrated to be involved in the modulation of several biological responses, including lymphocyte trafficking from lymph nodes to the peripheral blood. By isolating subpopulations of lymphocytes in lymph nodes, fewer immune cells are available in the circulating blood to effect tissue damage.
Etrasimod is an investigational compound that is not approved for any use in any country.
Olorinab (APD371) is an oral, peripherally acting, highly selective, full agonist of cannabinoid type 2 receptor (CB2) in development for the treatment of visceral pain associated with gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, including Crohn's disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Evidence that CB2 are expressed in multiple cell types of the GI tract, and modulate intestinal inflammation and visceral hypersensitivity, make CB2 an attractive target for the treatment of abdominal pain in GI disorders.
Olorinab is an investigational compound that is not approved for any use in any country.
About Arena Pharmaceuticals
Arena Pharmaceuticals is driven to deliver novel, transformational medicines with optimized pharmacology and pharmacokinetics to patients globally. Arena's proprietary pipeline includes multiple potentially first- or best-in-class assets with broad clinical utility. Etrasimod (APD334), with potential utility in a broad range of immune and inflammatory conditions, is being evaluated in later-stage clinical programs in ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease, as well as in programs for other indications such as atopic dermatitis. Arena is also evaluating olorinab (APD371) in a Phase 2 program for gastrointestinal pain. Arena continues to assess other earlier research and development stage drug candidates, including APD418 for decompensated heart failure.
Arena has additional license agreements and partnerships, including with United Therapeutics (ralinepag in a Phase 3 program for pulmonary arterial hypertension), Everest Medicines Limited (etrasimod in Greater China and select Asian countries), Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH (undisclosed target – preclinical), Outpost Medicine, LLC (undisclosed target – preclinical), and Eisai Co., Ltd. and Eisai Inc. (BELVIQ® – marketed product).
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