Lipidor – update on the company’s phase III clinical trial of drug candidate AKP02 for treatment of psoriasis
AKP02 is a drug candidate for psoriasis that combines calcipotriol and betamethasone and is based on Lipidor's patented AKVANO® technology. The aim with AKP02 is to offer a patient-friendly, spray-based treatment for mild to moderate plaque psoriasis.
Positive results from the Phase III study with its predecessor AKP01, based solely on calcipotriol, show that Lipidor's AKVANO® technology works well for the treatment of psoriasis. The company's preclinical studies show that betamethasone also works well in AKVANO®, which is a good prerequisite for the combination preparation AKP02.
The registration-based Phase III study with AKP02 is planned to involve 294 patients and is being conducted at circa ten clinics in India by Cadila Pharmaceuticals, a leading Indian pharmaceutical company with extensive CRO capacity. Cadila Pharmaceuticals has demonstrated through the successful Phase III study with AKP01 that they can effectively recruit patients, administer dosage and report clinical study results.
The purpose of the Phase III study with AKP02 is to demonstrate good therapeutic efficacy for the treatment of mild to moderate plaque psoriasis on both the body and scalp, compared to Enstilar. Lipidor has chosen to compare its sprayable drug candidate AKP02 with Enstilar which is a commonly prescribed preparation in foam form for topical treatment of this indication, and which contains the same combination of active substances as AKP02. In order to reach a larger patient population, the scalp has also been included in the study. Psoriasis on the scalp can consist of anything from weak to severe scale formation and cause varying degrees of itching. According to the Swedish Psoriasis Association, it is estimated that circa 60-70 percent of people who have psoriasis also get it on their scalp. In some cases, psoriasis is found only on the scalp.
The study will also measure quality of life and patient satisfaction in order to demonstrate associated benefits of AKP02. The observer-blind and placebo-controlled Phase III study is expected to have the first patient in-treatment during the summer with reporting in the first half of 2022.
"The experience from AKP01 means that we also have high hopes for a successful study with our other psoriasis candidate, AKP02. It is gratifying that the market has shown a great interest in AKP02, and by financing the implementation of the Phase III study, Lipidor retains a larger upside of any outlicensing," says Ola Holmlund, CEO of Lipidor. "We continue to see great potential in our first drug candidate AKP01 and we consider the opportunity to outlicense AKP01 and AKP02 in a single package to be an advantage for the licensee in registration, manufacture and commercialization."
In light of the outbreak of the coronavirus and Covid-19, Lipidor is closely monitoring developments and taking measures to minimize or eliminate the impact on the company's operations. To date, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a limited effect on Lipidor's operations, but the company may need to revise its schedules if the pandemic is prolonged.
The information was submitted for publication, through the office of the contact person, on 22 April 2021, at 9.30am CEST.