BMS-986263 in patients with advanced hepatic fibrosis: 36-week results from a randomized, placebo-controlled phase 2 trial

Eric J. Lawitz, Diane E. Shevell, Giridhar S. Tirucherai, Shuyan Du, Warner Chen, Uma Kavita, Angie Coste, Fred Poordad, Morten Karsdal, Mette Nielsen, Zachary Goodman, Edgar D. Charles

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Background and Aims: Hepatic fibrosis secondary to HCV infection can lead to cirrhosis and hepatic decompensation. Sustained virologic response (SVR) is possible with direct-acting antiviral drug regimens; however, patients with advanced fibrosis have an increased risk for HCC. Heat shock protein 47 (HSP47), a key collagen chaperone, has been implicated in fibrosis development. We evaluated the efficacy and safety of BMS-986263, a lipid nanoparticle delivering small interfering RNA designed to degrade HSP47 mRNA, for the treatment of advanced fibrosis. Approach and Results: NCT03420768 was a Phase 2, randomized (1:1:2), placebo-controlled trial conducted at a hepatology clinic in the United States. Patients with HCV-SVR (for ≥ 1 year) and advanced fibrosis received once-weekly i.v. infusions of placebo or BMS-986263 (45 or 90 mg) for 12 weeks. The primary endpoint was ≥ 1 METAVIR stage improvement at Week 12; key secondary endpoints included Ishak score improvement, pharmacokinetics, fibrosis biomarkers, and safety. All 61 patients completed treatment, and 2/15 (13%, placebo), 3/18 (17%, 45 mg), and 6/28 (21%, 90 mg) had METAVIR improvements of ≥ 1 stage at Week 12. Five patients in the 90-mg arm had Ishak improvements by ≥ 2 stages. BMS-986263 plasma concentrations increased in a generally dose-proportional fashion between BMS-986263 doses, with no notable accumulation with weekly dosing. All adverse events (AEs) were mild or moderate in intensity; most treatment-related AEs were infusion-related reactions in the BMS-986263 arms. At baseline, collagen levels were low, indicating low levels of fibrogenesis in these patients. Conclusions: In patients with HCV-SVR, BMS-986263 administration was generally well tolerated through Week 36 and resulted in METAVIR and Ishak score improvements. Further evaluation of BMS-986263 in patients with active fibrogenesis is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)912-923
Number of pages12
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology


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