Efficacy and Safety of Mirikizumab in a Randomized Phase 2 Study of Patients With Crohn's Disease

Bruce E. Sands, Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet, Jaroslaw Kierkus, Peter D.R. Higgins, Monika Fischer, Vipul Jairath, Fumihito Hirai, Geert D'Haens, Ruth M. Belin, Debra Miller, Elisa Gomez-Valderas, April N. Naegeli, Jay L. Tuttle, Paul F. Pollack, William J. Sandborn

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Background: Mirikizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting interleukin 23p19 with demonstrated efficacy in psoriasis and ulcerative colitis. We investigated the safety and efficacy of mirikizumab in patients with moderate-to-severe Crohn's disease (CD). Methods: Patients (N = 191) were randomized (2:1:1:2) to receive placebo (PBO), 200, 600, or 1000 mg mirikizumab, administered intravenously (IV) every 4 weeks. Patients who received mirikizumab and achieved ≥1 point improvement in Simple Endoscopic Score-CD at Week 12 (rerandomized maintenance cohort) were rerandomized to continue their induction IV treatment (combined IV groups [IV-C]) or receive 300 mg mirikizumab subcutaneously (SC) every 4 weeks. Nonrandomized maintenance cohort included endoscopic nonimprovers (1000 mg) and PBO patients (PBO/1000 mg) who received 1000 mg mirikizumab IV from Week 12. The primary objective was to evaluate superiority of mirikizumab to PBO in inducing endoscopic response (50% reduction from baseline in Simple Endoscopic Score-CD) at Week 12. Results: At Week 12, endoscopic response was significantly higher by the predefined 2-sided significance level of 0.1 for all mirikizumab groups compared with PBO (200 mg: 25.8%, 8/31, 95% confidence interval [CI], 10.4–41.2, P = .079; 600 mg: 37.5%, 12/32, 95% CI, 20.7–54.3, P = .003; 1000 mg: 43.8%, 28/64, 95% CI, 31.6–55.9, P < .001; PBO: 10.9 %, 7/64, 95% CI, 3.3–18.6). Endoscopic response at Week 52 was 58.5% (24/41) and 58.7% (27/46) in the IV-C and SC groups, respectively. Frequencies of adverse events (AE) in the mirikizumab groups were similar to PBO. Through Week 52, frequencies of treatment-emergent AEs were similar across all groups. Frequencies of serious AE and discontinuations due to AE were higher in the nonrandomized maintenance cohort. Conclusion: Mirikizumab effectively induced endoscopic response after 12 weeks in patients with moderate-to-severe CD and demonstrated durable efficacy to Week 52. A detailed summary can be found in the Video Abstract. ClinicalTrials.gov,

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-508
Number of pages14
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2022


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