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ChemoCentryx Reports Positive Phase I Results for CCX168, a Novel C5aR Antagonist, at the Annual American College of Rheumatology Meeting (ACR)
Date:11/10/2010

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- ChemoCentryx, Inc., today announced favorable Phase I results for CCX168 at the Annual American College of Rheumatology Meeting (ACR).   CCX168, the Company's orally-active small molecule antagonist, is designed to target the receptor for the pro-inflammatory protein known as 'complement 5a' (C5a), a so-called anaphylatoxin that drives inflammatory responses associated with autoimmune diseases such as vasculitis, aged-related macular degeneration, rheumatoid arthritis and related pathologies.  Data from Phase I clinical trials showed that CCX168 exhibited an excellent safety profile, while producing greater than 90% receptor blockade of inflammatory cells in the blood throughout the day.  Additionally, data from preclinical studies using transgenic mice (which express human C5aR) demonstrated robust efficacy of CCX168 in a vasculitis model.  CCX168 is poised to enter Phase II clinical development for the treatment of patients with renal vasculitis.  

These data were highlighted today in poster presentations entitled:

  • "Phase 1 Clinical Safety, Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Evaluation of the Novel C5aR antagonist CCX168, a Potential Therapeutic for ANCA-Vasculitis"
  • "The Human C5a Receptor (hC5aR) Antagonist CCX168 Effectively Ameliorates Symptoms in a Model of ANCA Glomerulonephritis (GN) in hC5aR Knock-in Mice"

"We are very pleased to report that CCX168 appears to be the first true orally-active small molecule C5aR antagonist drug ever advanced into the clinic," stated Thomas J. Schall, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of ChemoCentryx.  "CCX168 has the ability to safely achieve far greater than 90% receptor coverage throughout the day.  While other approaches have attempted, without success, to accomplish such an attractive pharmacokinetic behavior and safety profile, CCX168 may well b
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