BCX7353 is in clinical development for routine prevention of angioedema attacks in patients with hereditary angioedema (HAE). HAE is a rare genetic disorder of blood vessels characterised by recurrent episodes of severe swelling (angioedema) below the skin which often affect the face, throat, stomach, genitals, hands or feet, causing discomfort and pain. HAE may be life threatening when the swelling occurs in the throat as it can obstruct the airways and impede breathing. HAE has no known cure and the goal of treatment is to minimise the burden of illness on patients and enable them to lead normal lives. Long-term preventive treatments are used routinely to reduce the need for treatment of acute attacks. Currently available treatments are given by injection.
BCX7353 is an oral treatment that works by blocking the activity the specific pathway that becomes overactive in patients with angioedema. By blocking this pathway, BCX7353 is expected to reduce the number of angioedema attacks. Early studies of BCX7353 has shown that it helped to prevent swelling and inflammation in HAE. In addition, BCX7353 has the distinct advantage over current treatment of being administered orally, making it easier to use for routine prevention of HAE attacks.
Belimumab is in clinical development for the treatment of adults with active lupus nephritis (LN) who are uncontrolled on current standard of care. LN is a complication affecting kidney function brought on by systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a chronic autoimmune, inflammatory disease that affects different organs. Around a third of people suffering with SLE will develop LN. The kidney damage seen in LN occurs due to a person’s immune cells (B Cells) attacking their own kidneys which causes inflammation and affects overall kidney function. Current treatment involves suppression of the immune system and management of symptoms, but it is not always effective. If left untreated, LN can lead to kidney failure which requires dialysis or a kidney transplant.