Rallybio Announces Publication of Data Highlighting the Ability of HPA-1a-Specific Antibodies to Prevent Alloimmunization in an Authentic Mouse Model of FNAIT
— Data Demonstrates that HPA-1a Alloimmunization can be Prevented with Prophylactic Administration of Low Levels of HPA-1a-specific Antibodies —
NEW HAVEN, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 15, 2022– Rallybio Corporation (Nasdaq: RLYB) today announced publication of preclinical study results for two human HPA-1a-specific antibodies in development for the prevention of FNAIT. The results demonstrate that low doses of the two HPA-1a-specific antibodies, the polyclonal candidate RLYB211 and the monoclonal candidate RLYB212, are equally effective at rapidly clearing HPA-1a-positive platelets from circulation and preventing alloimmunization to HPA-1a. As expected, prophylactically blocking HPA-1a alloimmunization prevented the onset of FNAIT. These results also establish the concentration-effect relationship and threshold exposure targets for effective prophylactic treatment with HPA-1a specific antibodies to prevent FNAIT. The findings were published in the journal Blood, the official journal of the American Society of Hematology.
FNAIT is a rare, life-threatening bleeding disorder where maternal alloantibodies cross the placenta and lead to depletion of fetal platelets. There are no currently approved therapies for the prevention of FNAIT. In this study, a novel alloantigen-specific mouse model developed by the senior author Dr. Peter J. Newman, Blood Research Institute at the Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin, was used to examine the efficacy of prophylactic treatment regimens of RLYB211 and RLYB212, Rallybio’s two therapeutic candidates for the prevention of FNAIT.
Both RLYB211 and RLYB212 were equally effective at driving rapid and complete elimination of HPA-1a positive platelets from circulation and preventing the development of HPA-1a alloantibodies.
HPA-1a negative female mice that were treated prophylactically with anti-HPA-1a antibody prior to exposure to HPA-1a positive platelets gave birth to HPA-1ab pups with significantly improved platelet counts and no bleeding symptoms.
The threshold effect for rapid and complete elimination of HPA-1a positive platelets is achieved at circulating anti-HPA-1a antibody concentrations estimated to bind as little as ~10% of antigen, consistent with the clinical prophylactic treatment paradigm established for anti-Rhesus D (anti-RhD) to prevent Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn (HDFN).
Rallybio also announced today the publication of an editorial in the same issue of Blood, “Protecting the fetus from FNAIT,” by John W. Semple and Rick Kapur. The editorial compares FNAIT to HDFN, a disease which has drastically reduced in incidence following the introduction of prophylactic administration of anti-RhD, and suggests that the results reported by Zhi et al. provide proof-of-concept that prophylactic administration of HPA-1a-specific antibodies could be similarly effective at preventing anti-HPA-1a alloimmunization in pregnant women at risk for FNAIT.
“These preclinical results continue to support that administration of HPA-1a specific antibodies has the potential to effectively prevent HPA-1a alloimmunization in pregnant women who are at risk of developing fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia. We now look forward to discussing data from our Phase 1b proof-of-concept study for RLYB212, our monoclonal candidate, in the first quarter of 2023,” said Róisín Armstrong, Ph.D., Rallybio’s RLYB212 Program Lead.
“It is very gratifying to have this study featured in Blood with an accompanying commentary by leaders in the transfusion medicine community,” added Peter J. Newman, Ph.D. “I believe our partnership with Rallybio has allowed us to advance our basic and translational studies into the clinic in a way that was previously not possible.”
Rallybio is a clinical-stage biotechnology company committed to identifying and accelerating the development of life-transforming therapies for patients with severe and rare diseases. Since its launch in January 2018, Rallybio has built a portfolio of promising product candidates, which are now in development to address rare diseases in the areas of hematology, immuno-inflammation, maternal fetal health, and metabolic disorders. The Company’s mission is being advanced by a team of highly experienced biopharma industry leaders with extensive research, development, and rare disease expertise. Rallybio is headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, with an additional facility at the University of Connecticut’s Technology Incubation Program in Farmington, Connecticut. For more information, please visit www.rallybio.com.
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