Oral SYK Inhibitor for Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia:
- Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) is a rare, serious blood disorder where the immune system produces antibodies that result in the destruction of the body's own red blood cells.
- AIHA affects approximately 40,000 adult patients in the US and can be a severe, debilitating anemia. To date, there are no disease-targeted therapies for AIHA, despite the tremendous medical need that exists for these patients.
- Rigel's fostamatinib is a potent and relatively selective spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK) inhbitor. Research with fostamatinib, an orally bioavailable small molecule, has shown that inhibiting SYK may ameliorate red blood cell destruction in AIHA.
- There is potential commercial synergy in marketing fostamatinib in both the ITP and AIHA indications, since they are generally treated by the same hematology healthcare providers.
- Rigel expects to have results from Stage 1 of the Phase 2 trial in 2017.