AstraZeneca plc- SUPERNOVA Trial Met COVID-19 Prevention Endpoint

16 May 2024

SUPERNOVA Phase III trial of sipavibart long-acting antibody met primary endpoints in preventing COVID-19 in immunocompromised patient population

Positive high-level results from the SUPERNOVA Phase III COVID-19 pre-exposure prophylaxis (prevention) trial showed AstraZeneca’s sipavibart (formerly AZD3152), an investigational long-acting antibody (LAAB), demonstrated a statistically significant reduction in the incidence of symptomatic COVID‑19 compared to control (tixagevimab/cilgavimab or placebo) in an immunocompromised patient population.

The trial met both dual primary endpoints; the first one being the relative risk reduction of symptomatic COVID-19 caused by any SARS-CoV-2 variant and the second being the relative risk reduction of infections caused by SARS-CoV-2 variants not containing the F456L mutation. SUPERNOVA demonstrated the potential benefit of sipavibart in an evolving variant landscape in which COVID-19 cases captured over the course of the trial were caused by several different SARS-CoV-2 variants.

SUPERNOVA is a large Phase III global trial providing the only efficacy data in immunocompromised patients, demonstrating the potential benefit of a COVID-19 antibody against recent SARS-CoV-2 variants. Immunocompromised patients include those with blood cancer, organ transplant recipients, patients with end-stage renal disease requiring dialysis, patients receiving B-cell depleting therapy within the past year, and those taking immunosuppressive medications. Despite accounting for approximately 4% of the population, immunocompromised patients make up about 25% of COVID-19 hospitalisations, ICU admissions, and deaths, even after multiple doses of COVID-19 vaccines.1-6

Ghady Haidar, M.D., UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) transplant infectious diseases physician, medical director of the translational research program at UPMC’s division of infectious diseases and SUPERNOVA trial primary investigator, said: “COVID-19 still represents a significant and disproportionate risk for immunocompromised patients, with infection often leading to serious and protracted illness. By delivering infection-fighting antibodies directly to patients who often don’t respond adequately to vaccines, the data support that sipavibart has the potential to provide much-needed protection against COVID-19 in this highly vulnerable population.”

Iskra Reic, Executive Vice President, Vaccines and Immune Therapies, AstraZeneca, said: “Immunocompromised patients currently have limited or no options for COVID-19 protection and continue to face a significant burden of disease, despite often being fully vaccinated. Sipavibart has the potential to prevent COVID-19 in the immunocompromised and we will now work with regulatory authorities globally to bring sipavibart to these vulnerable patients.”

Sipavibart was well tolerated in the trial and preliminary analyses show adverse events were balanced between the control and sipavibart arms.

The data will be presented at a forthcoming medical meeting. AstraZeneca is in dialogue with regulatory authorities on potential authorisation or approval pathways.   

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