Humanigen, Inc. announced that the company submitted an application to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for lenzilumab for the treatment of patients hospitalized with COVID-19. This EUA application follows positive results from the LIVE-AIR Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating the ability of lenzilumab to improve the likelihood of survival without ventilation (SWOV) in newly hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
“Filing for EUA in the U.S. is a critical step to making a therapeutic option available for COVID-19,” said Cameron Durrant, MD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Humanigen. “There is a need for therapies for hospitalized patients who require supplementary oxygen. Treatments can be lifesaving; despite vaccinations, infections and significant breakthrough disease will continue. Lenzilumab, should the FDA grant authorization, can address a critical unmet need for an effective treatment. We are extremely grateful to the investigative team and volunteers in the clinical trial program, as their involvement was vital in delivering this positive Phase 3 study.”
Lenzilumab achieved the primary endpoint with a 54% relative improvement in the likelihood of SWOV compared to placebo. Lenzilumab also improved the relative likelihood of SWOV by 92% in subjects who received both corticosteroids and remdesivir and resulted in a 3-fold improvement in the likelihood of SWOV in patients with a CRP<150 mg/L and less than 85 years of age. In these patients, a 2.2-fold improvement in the likelihood of survival was observed with lenzilumab. No serious adverse events were attributed to lenzilumab and the overall safety profile was comparable to placebo.
“We are excited and encouraged by these clinical results and are preparing to distribute lenzilumab if granted Emergency Use Authorization,” said Edward P. Jordan, MBA, Chief Commercial Officer, Humanigen. “We are committed to getting lenzilumab into the hands of medical professionals for the treatment of COVID-19. It is anticipated that thousands of patients will continue to be hospitalized daily, some of whom may benefit from lenzilumab.”