Healthcare Industry News: Lumira Capital
News Release - April 10, 2012
Amgen to Acquire Privately Held KAI PharmaceuticalsAcquisition Includes KAI-4169 Program, Which Delivered Compelling Phase 2a Clinical Results for the Treatment of Secondary Hyperparathyroidism in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease who are on Dialysis
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 10, 2012 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN ) and KAI Pharmaceuticals today announced an agreement under which Amgen will acquire KAI, a privately held pharmaceutical company based in South San Francisco. KAI's lead product candidate, KAI-4169, is a novel agent being initially studied for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who are on dialysis. SHPT, a component of CKD mineral and bone disorder (MBD), is a common and serious complication for patients with CKD who are on dialysis. Through this acquisition, Amgen will acquire worldwide rights, excluding Japan, to KAI-4169.
KAI-4169 is an innovative experimental therapy that is administered intravenously at the same time the patient is undergoing dialysis. The vast majority of CKD patients on dialysis are affected by SHPT, a component of CKD-MBD, which can lead to serious consequences.
"KAI has demonstrated encouraging results in the clinic. We are excited about acquiring KAI, as well as the opportunity to potentially deliver a novel therapy for chronic kidney disease patients on dialysis suffering from secondary hyperparathyroidism," said Sean E. Harper, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen.
"KAI and the nephrology community are excited by the additional clinical data we've generated for KAI-4169, and we are thrilled that Amgen shares our perspective on the differentiated profile and potential of this product candidate," said Steve James, president and chief executive officer of KAI. "Amgen is ideally positioned to bring KAI-4169 to market and to patients, given the company's decades of experience in developing and delivering therapies for patients with chronic kidney disease."
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About KAI Pharmaceuticals
KAI is a clinical-stage, biopharmaceutical company with a lead peptide product candidate, KAI-4169, in development for the treatment of CKD-MBD, and initially being developed for the treatment of SHPT. Building on positive, earlier-stage clinical data, KAI has initiated its second Phase 2 study of KAI-4169 in CKD patients on dialysis. Further, in September 2011, KAI entered into a partnership with Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. wherein Ono will develop and commercialize KAI-4169 in Japan. In addition, KAI is conducting preclinical research on pre-hemodialysis applications of KAI-4169. KAI's leadership team has a strong background and track record in successful product development and commercialization. The Company has raised $63 million in Series A and B rounds and is backed by a leading syndicate of venture investors – InterWest Partners, Skyline Ventures, Intersouth Partners, Aberdare Ventures, Investor Growth Capital, Kearny Venture Partners, Lumira Capital and Delphi Ventures. KAI is headquartered in South San Francisco, California, and can be found online at www.kaipharma.com.
About SHPT and CKD-MBD
In developed countries where data on CKD patients on dialysis is available, there are approximately 1,644,000 people in this patient population. SHPT and CKD-MBD often develop early in CKD and worsen as renal function declines and the diseases progress. Most CKD patients on dialysis are affected by CKD-MBD, which can lead to significant mortality and morbidity. Despite several currently approved therapies for the treatment of SHPT, significant unmet medical need remains.
KAI-4169 is a novel peptide agonist of the calcium sensing receptor (CaSR), which affects calcium homeostasis by modulating the release of parathyroid hormone (PTH). Phase 2a data demonstrated that administration of KAI-4169 resulted in sustained reductions in PTH, phosphorus, calcium and FGF-23, recognized markers of SHPT. The Phase 2a data also showed that KAI-4169 was well-tolerated; adverse events occurring in two or more subjects included nausea, headache, anxiety and vomiting. No subjects discontinued use due to adverse events, and the incidence of gastrointestinal adverse events was similar in the KAI-4169 and placebo treatment groups.
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