FDA Grants Fast Track Designation to Potential Treatment for Lupus Nephritis

Source: Aurinia Pharmaceuticals

Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced that FDA has granted Fast Track designation for voclosporin, the Company’s next generation calcineurin inhibitor, for the treatment of Lupus Nephritis (LN).

The Fast Track program was created by the FDA to facilitate the development and expedite the review of new drugs that are intended to treat serious or life-threatening conditions and that demonstrate the potential to address significant unmet medical needs. Compounds that receive this FDA designation benefit from more frequent meetings and communications with the FDA to review the drug’s development plan including the design of clinical trials and the use of biomarkers to support approval. Additionally, Fast Track designation allows the Company to submit parts of the New Drug Application (NDA) on a rolling basis for review as data becomes available.

The Company’s 265 patient Phase 2b trial, called AURA (Aurinia Urine protein Reduction in Active Lupus with voclosporin) has recently completed enrollment and is currently underway in over 20 countries worldwide. It is a randomized, controlled, double-blind study comparing the efficacy of two doses of voclosporin plus mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) vs. MMF alone in patients with active LN.

There will be a primary analysis to determine complete remission at week 24 and various secondary analyses at week 48 which include biomarkers and markers of non-renal SLE. The Company expects to analyze and review the AURA data with the FDA later in 2016 in order to reach agreement on further clinical development requirements.