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, 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 approved in China, Europe, Japan, and numerous other countries for the treatment of anemia in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients on dialysis and patients not on dialysis. Several other licensing applications for roxadustat have been submitted by partners, Astellas and AstraZeneca to regulatory authorities across the globe, and are currently under review. Roxadustat is in Phase 3 development for treatment of chemotherapy-induced anemia (CIA) in China.
Astellas and FibroGen are collaborating on the 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 commercialization of roxadustat for the treatment of anemia in 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 locally advanced unresectable pancreatic cancer (LAPC) and Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), and in Phase 2/3 for the treatment of metastatic pancreatic cancer. 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 DMD and LAPC. 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 DMD and LAPC. Pamrevlumab is an investigational drug and not approved for marketing by any regulatory authority.