Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:DVAX) reported preliminary top-line results from HBV-23, a Phase 3 trial of the safety and immunogenicity of its investigational hepatitis B vaccine, HEPLISAV-B, compared with a currently marketed vaccine, Engerix-B® , in adults 18 to 70 years of age. HEPLISAV-B participants received two doses, at zero and one month, and Engerix-B participants received three doses, at zero, one and six months. Both co-primary endpoints were met. The rates of clinically significant adverse events were consistent with randomization and similar to rates in prior trials and HEPLISAV-B provided a statistically significant higher rate of seroprotection than Engerix-B in diabetic participants and in all participants as a group.

Safety results from HBV-23

The co-primary endpoint of HBV-23 was to evaluate the overall safety of HEPLISAV-B with respect to clinically significant adverse events. Participants were randomized to HEPLISAV-B or Engerix-B in a two to one ratio. HEPLISAV-B participants were followed for 52 weeks after the last dose and Engerix-B participants were followed for 28 weeks after last dose. All adverse events considered to represent potential autoimmune disorders (Adverse Events of Special Interest, or AESIs) were reviewed by an independent panel of experts from the Mayo Clinic.

Preliminary safety evaluation results include:

  • 22 HEPLISAV-B participants experienced an AESI and 11 Engerix-B participants experienced an AESI. All were classified as not related to vaccination.
  • Of the 33 AESIs in the study, 21 were adjudicated to be autoimmune events by the independent panel, with 11 reported in participants who received HEPLISAV-B and 10 in participants who received Engerix-B.
  • In a secondary safety endpoint, there were no cases of Wegener’s Granulomatosis (granulomatosis with polyangiitis) or Tolosa Hunt syndrome.
  • One event in the HEPLISAV-B arm of the study was coded by a site investigator based solely on a radiological diagnosis as a rare autoimmune disease, Takayasu’s arteritis. The independent panel of experts concluded the diagnostic criteria for the initial radiological diagnosis were not met and adjudicated the event as not related to vaccination.

The total safety database for HEPLISAV-B now comprises 10,038 participants.

Seroprotection results from HBV-23

The co-primary endpoint of noninferiority of seroprotection in participants with diabetes mellitus was met and the greater percentage of seroprotection provided by HEPLISAV-B compared to Engerix-B was statistically significant.

Immunogenicity data from the trial demonstrated:

  • The peak seroprotection rate (SPR) in participants with type 2 diabetes mellitus who received HEPLISAV-B was 90.0% compared to 65.1% for Engerix-B, demonstrating non-inferiority and a statistically significant higher percentage of seroprotection provided by HEPLISAV-B compared to Engerix-B
  • In additional secondary endpoints:
    • The peak SPR in the entire HBV-23 HEPLISAV-B group (95.4%) was statistically significantly higher than the peak SPR in the Engerix-B group (81.3%)
    • The peak SPR in the HEPLISAV-B group was statistically significantly higher than the peak SPR in the Engerix-B group in each age decile
    • The peak SPR in the HEPLISAV-B group was statistically significantly higher than the peak SPR in the Engerix-B group in each prespecified subpopulation analyzed, including by sex, body mass index, and smoking status

“We are delighted to report these topline results from HBV-23 and confirm our intention to resubmit the HEPLISAV-B BLA by the end of March. These results support our belief that HEPLISAV-B, if approved, could offer benefits to adults at risk for hepatitis B, particularly given that these significant differences in seroprotection were demonstrated in a controlled setting, where compliance is optimized,” said Eddie Gray, Chief Executive Officer.

“These topline results are consistent with our expectations. With regard to the principal safety focus, Adverse Events of Special Interest, the results reflect a distribution consistent with randomization. To see such statistically significant differences in immunogenicity so consistently and across all groups and patient subsets, confirms the potential of HEPLISAV-B for people in need of protection,” said Robert Janssen, Chief Medical Officer.

Dynavax plans to resubmit the HEPLISAV-B Biologics License Application (BLA) at the end of the first quarter of 2016 and anticipates a six-month review by the FDA. In the revised BLA, Dynavax plans to address all issues raised by the FDA in a February 2013 Complete Response Letter by submitting the results of HBV-23, integrated with previous clinical data, and responses to CMC issues in the Complete Response Letter. (Original Source)

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Dynavax Technologies Corp is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the development for the prevention of infectious disease, the treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, and the treatment of cancer.