Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (OTC: RHHBY), today announced data from the Phase II NOBILITY study, investigating the safety and efficacy of Gazyva® (obinutuzumab) for adults with proliferative lupus nephritis. The study met the primary endpoint with Gazyva, in combination with standard of care (mycophenolate mofetil or mycophenolic acid and corticosteroids), demonstrating superiority compared to placebo plus standard of care. Patients treated with Gazyva showed increasing rates of complete renal response (CRR) from week 52 to week 76, with 40% of patients in the Gazyva group achieving CRR, compared to 18% of patients in the placebo group at week 76 (p=0.007). Gazyva additionally met key secondary efficacy endpoints showing improved overall renal response (complete or partial renal responses) and serologic markers of disease activity as compared to placebo. No new safety signals were observed with Gazyva in the study at the time of this analysis. Through week 76, serious adverse events (24% vs. 29% in placebo group) and serious infections (6% vs.18% in placebo group) were not increased with Gazyva. These data will be presented at the 2019 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 10, 2019 (Abstract 939).
"We are very encouraged by the positive results from the NOBILITY study, which suggest that Gazyva may provide a clinically meaningful benefit for adults with proliferative lupus nephritis; a condition for which there is a strong need for more effective and targeted treatment options," said Levi Garraway, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer and head of Global Product Development. "These results support the continued development of Gazyva for people with lupus nephritis and underscore our longstanding commitment to pursue new treatment options that may benefit the lupus community."
Lupus nephritis is a severe and potentially life-threatening manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus resulting from inflammation of the kidneys, with proliferative lupus nephritis being the most severe form and associated with high-risk of end-stage renal disease and death. In September 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to Gazyva for adults with lupus nephritis based on the Phase II NOBILITY study data. Genentech will initiate a Phase III study for Gazyva in lupus nephritis in 2020.
Phase II data from the NOBILITY study was also presented as a late-breaking oral presentation at the American Society of Nephrology's (ASN) Kidney Week 2019 in Washington, DC, on November 8, 2019 (Abstract FR-OR136).