Pioneering Therapies that Expand What is Possible
We work at the intersection of groundbreaking science and patient need. Our research and development teams seek to identify and develop innovative drugs with the greatest promise of becoming first-in-class medicines for the treatment of chronic and life-threatening conditions such as anemia, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), and locally advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC). Our product candidates leverage the body’s natural pathways, providing us with the scientific insight to investigate their potential across multiple diseases.
Roxadustat, our most advanced therapeutic, is an oral small molecule inhibitor of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) prolyl hydroxylase, the enzyme that regulates HIF activity. By transiently inhibiting the enzyme, roxadustat induces the body’s natural coordinated process of producing red blood cells, increasing iron absorption, mobilization, and transport.
Roxadustat is currently approved in China, Japan, Europe, Chile, South Korea, and Russia for the treatment of anemia in CKD patients on dialysis and patients not on dialysis. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a complete response letter for the roxadustat NDA filing for the treatment of CKD anemia in August 2021. Roxadustat is in Phase 3 clinical development in the U.S., Europe, and China for anemia associated with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), and in a Phase 2 U.S. trial for treatment of chemotherapy-induced anemia (CIA).
Astellas and FibroGen are collaborating on the development and commercialization of roxadustat for the treatment of anemia in territories including Japan, Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Middle East, and South Africa. AstraZeneca and FibroGen are collaborating on the development and commercialization of roxadustat for the treatment of anemia in the U.S., China, and in all other markets not licensed to Astellas.
Pamrevlumab is a potential first-in-class antibody being developed by FibroGen to inhibit the activity of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), a common factor in fibrotic and proliferative disorders characterized by persistent and excessive scarring that can lead to organ dysfunction and failure. Pamrevlumab is in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), locally advanced unresectable pancreatic cancer (LAPC), and Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Orphan Drug Designation (ODD), and Fast Track designation to pamrevlumab for the treatment of patients with IPF, LAPC, and DMD. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has also granted Rare Pediatric Disease Designation to pamrevlumab for the treatment of patients with DMD. Pamrevlumab has demonstrated a safety and tolerability profile that has supported ongoing clinical investigation in IPF, LAPC, and DMD. Pamrevlumab is an investigational drug and not approved for marketing by any regulatory authority.