shares in a clinical-stage immunology-based biopharmaceutical company, RAPT Therapeutics, Inc. RAPT declined 12.07% yesterday after a 115, 5% had skyrocketed.
RPT193 is an investigational small molecule oral therapy for the treatment of atopic dermatitis and other inflammatory diseases. RPT193 was designed to selectively inhibit Th2 cell migration into inflamed tissues by blocking CCR4, a receptor that is highly expressed on Th2 cells.
The Phase Ib portion of the study is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluating RPT193 as monotherapy in patients with moderate to severe AD. The primary endpoint of the study is safety.
Secondary and exploratory endpoints include pharmacokinetics, biomarkers, and clinical efficacy assessed by multiple measures including percent change in Eczema Area and Severity Index (EASI) score, the Validated Investigator Global Assessment (vIGA), and the Pruritis Numerical Rating Scale ( NRS).
The top-line results showed that after four weeks of treatment, patients with moderate to severe AD who received RPT193 showed a 36.3% improvement from baseline in the EASI score, a standard measure of disease severity, compared to 17.0% in the placebo group.
Importantly, patients in the RPT193 arm experienced continued improvement and further separation from placebo, with a 53.2% improvement in EASI at the six-week timepoint compared to 9.6% in the placebo group at the two weeks following the end of the treatment showed .
RPT193 was well tolerated with no serious side effects. The positive data supports the potential of RPT193 as a safe, once-daily oral treatment for patients with atopic dermatitis and may represent an attractive therapeutic alternative to injectable drugs.
Therefore, the company plans to advance RPT193 to a phase IIb study in atopic dermatitis and a phase IIa study in asthma.
Shares of RAPT Therapeutics are up 78.2% year-to-date, compared to industry growth of 0.8%.
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Sanofi SNY and regenerons (REGN Dupixent (Dupilumab) Injection is approved for the treatment of moderate to severe eczema (atopic dermatitis) in adults. Dupixent is intended for patients whose eczema is not adequately controlled by topical therapies or for whom topical therapies are inadvisable.
RAPT Therapeutics currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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