— Emerging data reinforce combination lipid-lowering therapy as first-line strategy for very high-risk patients, supporting the development of obicetrapib as adjunct to high-intensity statins —
NAARDEN, Netherlands & MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NewAmsterdam Pharma (NewAmsterdam Pharma), a clinical-stage company focused on the research and development of transformative oral therapies for metabolic diseases, today announced emerging data adding to the growing body of clinical evidence supporting a shift in the treatment paradigm towards prioritizing a combination approach as first-line therapy for very high-risk atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) patients. These data were presented in a plenary session at the ESC Congress 2022, taking place August 26-29, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain and virtually, by John Kastelein, M.D., Ph.D., F.E.S.C., chief scientific officer at NewAmsterdam Pharma.
“The causality of low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) as the primary driver of cardiovascular disease is well-established and LDL lowering has become a cornerstone in the treatment of ASCVD patients,” said Dr. Kastelein. “Even so, there remains a wide gap between guideline-recommended LDL-C goals and what’s achieved in real-world practice, with many patients insufficiently addressed due to limitations of currently available therapies and market access hurdles. The need for a paradigm shift away from statin monotherapy in very high risk patients is evident and physicians are increasingly turning to intensive lipid-lowering as a first-line treatment strategy. Data presented at the ESC Congress 2022 suggest early use of combination approaches in very high risk patients, like the addition of obicetrapib, if approved, as an adjunct to maximally tolerated statin therapy, could serve as an important tool in the armamentarium of treating cardiologists, enabling them to more efficiently and pragmatically ensure that a higher proportion of patients reach their LDL-C goals.”
Dr. Kastelein’s plenary presentation discussed the role of elevated levels of LDL-C as the root cause of cardiovascular disease and the limitations of current standards of care, and introduced a simplified treatment algorithm for treating high-risk patients with combination therapy as an initial strategy. As part of his presentation, Dr. Kastelein also presented previously-disclosed results from the Phase 2b clinical trial, ROSE, in which robust LDL-C lowering was observed following treatment with obicetrapib as an adjunct to high-intensity statins.
NewAmsterdam Pharma is developing obicetrapib, a next-generation, oral, low-dose and once-daily cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) inhibitor, for patients at very high risk for cardiovascular disease as an adjunct to maximally tolerated statin therapy, both as a monotherapy and in a fixed-dose combination with ezetimibe.
Obicetrapib is currently being evaluated in three Phase 3 clinical trials, BROADWAY (LDL-lowering capability in patients on maximum tolerated lipid-modifying therapies with established atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease or heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) with LDL-C ≥ 70 mg/dL), BROOKLYN (LDL-lowering capability in HeFH patients on maximum tolerated lipid-modifying therapies with LDL-C ≥ 70 mg/dL), and PREVAIL (CVOT in patients on maximum tolerated lipid-modifying therapies with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease with LDL-C ≥ 70 mg/dL), as well as a Phase 2b clinical trial, ROSE2, which is examining obicetrapib as a fixed-dose combination therapy with obicetrapib 10 mg and ezetimibe 10 mg in patients on high-intensity statin therapy with LDL-C ≥ 70 mg/dL.
Also at the ESC Congress 2022, Dr. Kastelein presented a new post-hoc analysis from the Phase 2 TULIP trial, comparing the accuracy of three clinically implemented LDL-C equations. In European patients with dyslipidemia receiving a CETP inhibitor, data showed improved LDL-C accuracy using contemporary equations versus the Friedewald equation, with the greatest accuracy observed using the Martin/Hopkins equation. These data reinforce the known limitations of the Friedewald equation, as well as the importance of adopting new methods that can more accurately measure LDL-C, especially in patients with lower LDL-C levels, in order to enable physicians to make better informed treatment recommendations and ensure their patients are not deferring or withdrawing critical lipid-lowering therapy.
Dr. Kastelein also participated in sessions discussing how to manage patients with high LDL-C and guidelines and paradigm shifts in LDL-C management.
About NewAmsterdam Pharma
NewAmsterdam Pharma is a private clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to improve patient care in populations with metabolic diseases where traditional therapies have not been sufficiently successful or well-tolerated. NewAmsterdam Pharma is investigating obicetrapib, a next-generation oral, low-dose and once-daily CETP inhibitor, as the preferred LDL-C-lowering therapy for high-risk cardiovascular disease (“CVD”) patients. Results from NewAmsterdam Pharma’s ROSE Phase 2b trial (presented at AHA Scientific Sessions in 2021) included observations that patients receiving obicetrapib 10 mg experienced a median reduction in LDL-C by 51% versus baseline in patients on statin therapy (vs. a 7% reduction in the placebo arm). Based in the Netherlands, NewAmsterdam Pharma was founded in 2019 by the venture capital firm Forbion and John Kastelein, Chief Scientific Officer of the NewAmsterdam Pharma, and closed a $196 million (€160 million) Series A financing in January 2021 led by Forbion, Morningside Ventures and Ascendant BioCapital. In June 2022, NewAmsterdam Pharma entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with the Menarini Group for the commercialization of obicetrapib in Europe, while retaining all rights to commercialize obicetrapib, if approved, in the rest of the world, as well as rights to develop certain forms of obicetrapib for other diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. For more information, please visit: www.newamsterdampharma.com.
About Frazier Lifesciences Acquisition Corporation
Frazier Lifesciences Acquisition Corporation (“FLAC”) is blank check company incorporated as a Cayman Islands exempted company in October 2020 for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. FLAC was formed to leverage the extensive experience and track record of its management team with the goal of financing a company that can both develop transformative therapies for patients in need and deliver significant returns to its investors. For more information, please visit: www.frazierlifesciencesacquisition.com.
About Frazier Healthcare Partners
Founded in 1991, Frazier Healthcare Partners is a leading provider of private equity capital to healthcare companies. With more than $8.1 billion total capital raised, Frazier has invested in more than 200 companies with transaction types ranging from buyouts of profitable healthcare companies to venture capital and company creation. Frazier has a philosophy of partnering with strong management teams while leveraging its internal operating resources and network to build exceptional companies. Frazier has offices in Seattle, Washington, and Menlo Park, California, and invests broadly across the U.S., Canada and Europe. For more information, please visit: www.frazierhealthcare.com.
Important Information About the Merger and Where to Find It
In connection with the previously announced business combination between NewAmsterdam Pharma and FLAC, NewAmsterdam Pharma Holding B.V. (the “Company”) has filed a registration statement on Form F-4 with the SEC that includes a prospectus with respect to the Company securities to be issued in connection with the business combination and a proxy statement with respect to the shareholder meeting of FLAC to vote on the business combination. FLAC, the Company and NewAmsterdam Pharma urge its investors, shareholders and other interested persons to read the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus, as well as other documents filed with the SEC, because these documents will contain important information about FLAC, the Company, NewAmsterdam Pharma and the transaction. After the registration statement is declared effective, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus to be included in the registration statement will be mailed to shareholders of FLAC as of a record date to be established for voting on the proposed business combination. Once available, shareholders of FLAC will also be able to obtain a copy of the Form F-4, including the proxy statement/prospectus, and other documents filed with the SEC without charge, by directing a request to: Frazier Lifesciences Acquisition Corporation, Two Union Square, 601 Union St., Suite 3200, Seattle, WA 98101, Attn: Secretary. The preliminary and definitive proxy statement/prospectus to be included in the registration statement, once available, can also be obtained, without charge, at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.
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