Reata Announces Orphan Drug Designation From the European Commission for Bardoxolone Methyl for the Treatment of Alport Syndrome

IRVING, Texas, May 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:RETA), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced that the European Commission (EC) has granted orphan drug designation, based on the positive opinion from the Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), for bardoxolone methyl (bardoxolone) for the treatment of Alport syndrome.

Alport syndrome is a rare, genetic form of chronic kidney disease (CKD) caused by mutations in genes encoding type IV collagen, which is a major structural component of the glomerular basement membrane in the kidney.  A majority of patients with Alport syndrome develop CKD and many progress to end-stage renal disease.  In the Phase 2 portion of the Phase 2/3 CARDINAL study, bardoxolone significantly increased patients’ estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) after 36 weeks of treatment by 11.3 mL/min/1.73 m2 (n=27; p<0.0000001).

"Orphan designation in the European Union is an important milestone for the Company and for Alport syndrome patients.  There are currently no approved treatments for Alport syndrome, and we hope to demonstrate that bardoxolone can serve as a safe and effective treatment option for these patients," said Warren Huff, Chief Executive Officer of Reata.

Orphan designation is granted in Europe to drugs intended for the treatment of life-threatening or chronically debilitating diseases that affect no more than five in 10,000 people in the European Union and for which no satisfactory treatments are available, or where the new therapy has the potential to be a significant benefit to those affected by the disease.  Orphan designation provides specific financial and regulatory incentives, including reduced fees, protocol assistance, access to the centralized authorization procedure, and ten years of market exclusivity once the drug is approved.  Bardoxolone has previously received orphan drug designation from the FDA for the treatment of Alport syndrome and for connective tissue disease-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension.

About Bardoxolone

Bardoxolone is an experimental, oral, once-daily activator of Nrf2, a transcription factor that induces molecular pathways that promote the resolution of inflammation by restoring mitochondrial function, reducing oxidative stress, and inhibiting pro-inflammatory signaling.  The FDA has granted orphan designation to bardoxolone for the treatment of Alport syndrome and pulmonary arterial hypertension.  Bardoxolone is currently being studied in CARDINAL, a Phase 3 study for the treatment of Alport syndrome, CATALYST, a Phase 3 study for the treatment of connective tissue disease associated pulmonary arterial hypertension, and PHOENIX, a Phase 2 study for the treatment of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, IgA nephropathy, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, and CKD associated with type 1 diabetes.

About Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Reata is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that develops novel therapeutics for patients with serious or life-threatening diseases by targeting molecular pathways involved in the regulation of cellular metabolism and inflammation. Reata’s two most advanced clinical candidates, bardoxolone and omaveloxolone, target the important transcription factor Nrf2 that promotes the resolution of inflammation by restoring mitochondrial function, reducing oxidative stress, and inhibiting pro-inflammatory signaling.

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