New Phase 2 studies with filgotinib in small bowel and fistulizing Crohn's disease

March 13, 2017 News BioVox

Galapagos NV announced two new Phase 2 studies investigating filgotinib in small bowel Crohn’s disease as well as in fistulizing Crohn’s disease. These studies are being led by filgotinib collaboration partner Gilead Sciences, Inc.

The first additional Crohn’s disease Phase 2 study is a multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to assess the safety and efficacy of the investigational selective JAK1 inhibitor filgotinib in adult patients with small bowel Crohn’s disease. Approximately 100 patients in North America and Europe are planned to be randomized in the study to receive one of two doses of filgotinib or placebo, administered for 24 weeks. The primary objective will be to compare filgotinib to placebo in establishing clinical remission, defined as CDAI<150, in patients with small bowel Crohn’s disease at week 24.

The second Phase 2 study is a multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to assess the safety and efficacy of the selective JAK1 inhibitor filgotinib in adult patients with perianal fistulizing Crohn’s disease. Approximately 75 patients are planned to be randomized in the study to receive one of two doses of filgotinib or placebo administered for 24 weeks. The primary objective is to evaluate the efficacy of filgotinib, compared to placebo, in establishing a combined fistula response at week 24.

Eligible patients who complete either study may be able to continue in a long term extension study.

These new Phase 2 studies with filgotinib follow the initiation of the DIVERSITY Phase 3 study in Crohn’s disease. Gilead further initiated the FINCH Phase 3 program in rheumatoid arthritis and the SELECTION Phase 2b/3 study in ulcerative colitis in 2016.


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