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SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cytokinetics, Incorporated (Nasdaq: CYTK) today announced that additional results from COSMIC-HF (Chronic Oral Study of Myosin Activation to Increase Contractility in Heart Failure), a Phase 2 trial evaluating omecamtiv mecarbil in patients with chronic heart failure, were presented by John Teerlink, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of California San Francisco and Director of Heart Failure, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in a Moderated Poster Session at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session (ACC.19) in New Orleans.
There were no statistically significant differences in the effects of treatment with omecamtiv mecarbil between subjects with and without atrial fibrillation (AF) on cardiac function, including systolic ejection time and stroke volume, as well as ventricular volumes, heart rate, and NT-proBNP in patients. Overall, the pattern of adverse events did not appear markedly different between treatment arms, regardless of the presence of AF at baseline. Omecamtiv mecarbil, a novel investigational cardiac myosin activator, is being developed for the potential treatment of heart failure under a collaboration between Amgen and Cytokinetics, with funding and strategic support from Servier.
“Atrial fibrillation is a common comorbidity in people with heart failure; its prevalence increases with increasing heart failure severity and affects up to forty percent of those with NYHA class IV disease,” said Fady I. Malik, MD, PhD, Cytokinetics’ Executive Vice President, Research and Development. “Twenty percent of patients in COSMIC-HF had both heart failure and atrial fibrillation and we’re pleased to see that the treatment effects and safety of omecamtiv mecarbil in this key subgroup did not differ substantially from patients who did not have atrial fibrillation.”
COSMIC-HF: Expansion Phase Design and Results
The expansion phase of COSMIC-HF evaluated the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, safety and tolerability of oral omecamtiv mecarbil in 448 patients with chronic heart failure and left ventricular systolic dysfunction. Patients were randomized 1:1:1 to receive either placebo or treatment with omecamtiv mecarbil dosed as 25 mg twice daily or 25 mg twice daily with dose escalation to 50 mg twice daily, depending on a plasma concentration of omecamtiv mecarbil after two weeks of treatment. The study met its primary pharmacokinetic objective and showed statistically significant improvements in all pre-specified secondary measures of cardiac function in the treatment group receiving pharmacokinetic-based (PK) dose titration.
In analyses announced today, measures of efficacy of omecamtiv mecarbil were compared after 20 weeks of treatment for patients with and without AF, a subgroup whose enrollment was limited to approximately 20 percent of the overall study population. Between 32 patients with AF and 117 patients without AF, there were no significant differences in the effect of omecamtiv mecarbil on systolic ejection time (p=.69), stroke volume (p=.38), left ventricular end-diastolic dimension (p=.90), left ventricular end-systolic dimension (p=.75), heart rate (p=.08) and NT-proBNP (p=.43). These results suggest that patients with both heart failure and AF respond similarly to treatment with omecamtiv mecarbil as patients with heart failure without AF.
About Omecamtiv Mecarbil and the Phase 3 Clinical Trials Program
Omecamtiv mecarbil is a novel, selective cardiac myosin activator that binds to the catalytic domain of myosin. Preclinical research has shown that cardiac myosin activators increase cardiac contractility without affecting intracellular myocyte calcium concentrations or myocardial oxygen consumption.i,ii,iii Cardiac myosin is the cytoskeletal motor protein in the cardiac muscle cell that is directly responsible for converting chemical energy into the mechanical force resulting in cardiac contraction.
Omecamtiv mecarbil is being developed for the potential treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) under a collaboration between Amgen and Cytokinetics, with funding and strategic support from Servier. Omecamtiv mecarbil is the subject of a comprehensive Phase 3 clinical trials program comprised of GALACTIC-HF (Global Approach to Lowering Adverse Cardiac Outcomes Through Improving Contractility in Heart Failure), a large, Phase 3 global cardiovascular outcomes trial being conducted by Amgen in collaboration with Cytokinetics and METEORIC-HF (Multicenter Exercise Tolerance Evaluation of Omecamtiv Mecarbil Related to Increased Contractility in Heart Failure), a Phase 3 clinical trial designed to evaluate the effect of treatment with omecamtiv mecarbil on exercise capacity, being conducted by Cytokinetics in collaboration with Amgen.
Cytokinetics is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing first-in-class muscle activators and best-in-class muscle inhibitors as potential treatments for debilitating diseases in which muscle performance is compromised and/or declining. As a leader in muscle biology and the mechanics of muscle performance, the company is developing small molecule drug candidates specifically engineered to impact muscle function and contractility. Cytokinetics is collaborating with Amgen Inc. (Amgen) to develop omecamtiv mecarbil, a novel cardiac muscle activator. Omecamtiv mecarbil is the subject of an international clinical trials program in patients with heart failure including GALACTIC-HF and METEORIC-HF. Amgen holds an exclusive worldwide license to develop and commercialize omecamtiv mecarbil with a sublicense held by Servier for commercialization in Europe and certain other countries. Cytokinetics is collaborating with Astellas Pharma Inc. (Astellas) to develop reldesemtiv, a fast skeletal muscle troponin activator (FSTA). Reldesemtiv was the subject of a Phase 2 clinical study in patients with spinal muscular atrophy which showed increases in measures of endurance and stamina consistent with the mechanism of action. Reldesemtiv is currently the subject of a Phase 2 clinical trial in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Astellas holds an exclusive worldwide license to develop and commercialize reldesemtiv. Licenses held by Amgen and Astellas are subject to specified co-development and co-commercialization rights of Cytokinetics. Cytokinetics is also developing CK-274, a novel cardiac myosin inhibitor that company scientists discovered independent of its collaborations, for the potential treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathies. Cytokinetics continues its over 20-year history of pioneering innovation in muscle biology and related pharmacology focused to diseases of muscle dysfunction and conditions of muscle weakness.
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