Kindred Biosciences Announces Positive Results from Pilot Field Effectiveness Study of its Interleukin-31 Monoclonal Antibody for the Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis in Dogs

– Achieved rapid and dramatic reduction in pruritus (itch) and CADESI score versus placebo.
– Call to discuss study results at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time today.

San Francisco, California (July 29, 2019) – Kindred Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIN), a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on saving and improving the lives of pets, today announced positive topline results from its pilot effectiveness study of KIND-016, a fully caninized, high-affinity monoclonal antibody targeting interleukin-31 (IL-31), for the treatment of atopic dermatitis in dogs. Atopic dermatitis is the most common reason owners take their dog to the veterinarian, and is estimated to affect 10 – 15% of dogs worldwide. [1] The current market size is over $600 million annually and growing rapidly.  

The study was a randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled, pilot field study that enrolled 62 client-owned dogs with atopic dermatitis to assess the effectiveness of KIND-016. A single dose of KIND-016 or placebo was administered on day 0, and the severity of pruritus (Pruritic Visual Analog Scale [PVAS score]) and atopic dermatitis severity (Canine Atopic Dermatitis Extent and Severity Index-4 [CADESI-4 score]) were assessed at day 0 and weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8. Additionally, PVAS scores were assessed at 4 hours and days 1, 2 and 3 post-administration of KIND-016 or placebo. Treatment success for individual dogs at each visit was defined as a 50% or higher reduction from baseline in either the PVAS or CADESI-4 scores. The primary efficacy endpoint was proportion of treatment successes at week 4 in the per-protocol population. The primary effectiveness analysis was the 95% confidence interval (CI) for the treatment effect.

At week 4, 60.7% of the KIND-016 group met treatment success criteria, vs. 33.3% of the placebo group (p=0.0420, 95% CI -0.0033, 0.6539). The reduction in itching, as measured by the PVAS score, peaked rapidly, showing significant efficacy as early as 24 hours with a trend as early as 4 hours. The CADESI response was also very rapid, with treatment success rate reaching 70% as early as week 1 in the KIND-016 group. While the study was not powered to demonstrate efficacy beyond week 4, the majority of dogs who were treatment successes at week 4 maintained response through week 8.

“We are delighted by the positive results of this study. Atopic dermatitis, allergic dermatitis, and other pruritic diseases constitute an enormous market, now at $600 million annually and growing. We believe we have an excellent product candidate which has the potential to be a blockbuster, especially given its rapid onset of action and robust efficacy. According to our market research, there are approximately 14 million dogs and 4.5 million cats that suffer from pruritus each year in the U.S. alone. Our market research also found that more than 70% of veterinarians, and a higher percentage of dermatologists, express a need for a new biological treatment option for pruritic dogs,” stated Richard Chin, CEO of KindredBio. “This is our fifth positive pilot efficacy study in a row, three of which were de novo biologics. Our Kansas biologics plant that has been designed at maximal capacity to meet demand of over a billion dollars of product per year will soon be fully commissioned. We look forward to initiating the pivotal study for KIND-016 this year as we continue to execute on our rapid, capital-efficient business model.”

KindredBio will hold a call to discuss and answer questions on the results of the pilot field effectiveness study at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time/5:30 a.m. Pacific time today. Interested parties may access the call by dialing toll-free (855) 433-0927 from the US, or (484) 756-4262 internationally, and using conference ID 9162039. The call will be webcast live here, with a replay available at that link for 30 days.

About Kindred Biosciences

Kindred Biosciences is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on saving and improving the lives of pets. Its mission is to bring to pets the same kinds of safe and effective medicines that human family members enjoy. The company’s strategy is to identify compounds and targets that have already demonstrated safety and efficacy in humans and to develop therapeutics based on these validated compounds and targets for dogs, cats, and horses. KindredBio has a deep pipeline of novel drugs and biologics in development across many therapeutic classes.

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