Purpose

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of AHB-137 subcutaneous injection in healthy volunteers and in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients after single and multiple doses. In addition, the study will evaluate the initial antiviral efficacy of AHB-137 in CHB patients following a multiple dosing regimen.

Condition

Eligibility

Eligible Ages
Between 18 Years and 65 Years
Eligible Genders
All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Yes

Inclusion Criteria

  • Healthy participants are required to meet all the following inclusion criteria in order to be enrolled in the study: 1. 18-65 years old male or female. 2. Body Mass Index (BMI) between 19 to 35 kg/m2 (inclusive) and body weight equal to or over 45 kg. 3. Participants' COVID-19 PCR test should be negative during screening. 4. Participants' COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) should be negative at check-in. - CHB patients are required to meet all the following inclusion criteria in order to be enrolled in the study: 1. Have given written informed consent (signed and dated) and any authorizations required by local law and is able to comply with all study requirements. 2. Age 18 to 65 years old. 3. ALT ≤ 5 ULN for CHB patients recruited to Part C; ALT ≤ 2 ULN for CHB patients recruited to Part D. 4. CHB patients who have documented chronic HBV infection equal to or above 6 months prior to screening. Otherwise, CHB patients need to be HBsAg positive and IgM HBcAb negative. 5. CHB patients participating in Part D should have been on commercially available HBV OAV treatment(s) for at least 6 months with no change in regimen for 3 months prior to screening. HBV DNA under limit of quantification (LOQ) at Screening. 6. Both HBeAg positive and negative CHB patients can be recruited to Part C of the study. Only HBeAg negative CHB patients can be recruited to Part D of the study. 7. COVID-19 RAT test should be negative at check-in.

Exclusion Criteria

  • Healthy participants are required to not meet any of the following exclusion criteria in order to be enrolled in the study: 1. Pregnant (positive pregnancy test) or lactating women. Male participants without using proper contraceptives (e.g. condom) with partners who are pregnant or lactating. 2. History or symptoms of any clinically significant gastrointestinal, renal, hepatic, bronchopulmonary, neurological, psychiatric, cardio-vascular, endocrinological, hematological or allergic disease, metabolic disorder, cancer or cirrhosis. 3. Personal history of congenital long QT syndrome or family history of sudden cardiac death. 4. Any confirmed significant allergic reactions (urticaria or anaphylaxis) against any drug, or multiple drug allergies (non-active hay fever is acceptable). 5. Any clinically significant concomitant diseases or condition that could interfere with, or treatment of which might interfere with, the conduct of the study, or that would, in the opinion of the Investigator, pose an unacceptable risk to the participant in this study. 6. Clinically relevant electrocardiogram (ECG) abnormalities on screening ECG. 7. ECG with QRS and/or T-wave judged to be unfavorable for a consistently accurate QT measurement. 8. Creatinine clearance (CrCl) cutoff ≤ 60 ml/min (using the Cockcroft-Gault formula). 9. Positive test at screening of any of the following: hepatitis A (HAV IgM Ab), hepatitis B (HBsAg), hepatitis C (HCV RNA or HCV Ab), human immunodeficiency virus 1 and 2 (HIV Ab), or TP-Ab. 10. Any other clinically significant abnormalities in laboratory test results at screening. In the case of uncertain or questionable results, tests performed during screening may be repeated before randomization to confirm eligibility. 11. History of bleeding diathesis or coagulopathy. CHB patients are required to not meet any of the following exclusion criteria in order to be enrolled in the study: 1. History of liver cirrhosis and/or evidence of cirrhosis as determined by any 1 of the following: 1. Liver biopsy (i.e., Metavir Score F4) within 2 years of screening, or 2. FibroScan > 12 KPa, within 12 months of screening, or 3. AST-to-Platelet Index (APRI) > 2 and FibroSure result > 0.7 within 12 months of screening. For patients without a test for cirrhosis in the above timeframes, FibroScan, or APRI and FibroSure, may be performed during the screening period to rule out cirrhosis History of liver failure as evidenced by ascites, hepatic encephalopathy, and/or gastric or esophageal varices. 2. History of liver disease other than hepatitis B. 3. Co-infection with TP, HCV, HIV, or hepatitis D virus (HDV). 4. Body mass index >35 kg/m2 . 5. History or suspected presence of vasculitis . 6. Diagnosed hepatocellular carcinoma or suspected hepatocellular carcinoma as evidenced by screening alpha-fetoprotein ≥200 ng/mL. If the screening alpha-fetoprotein is ≥50 ng/mL and <200 ng/mL, the absence of liver mass must be documented by imaging within 6 months before randomization. 7. Clinically relevant electrocardiogram (ECG) abnormalities on screening ECG. 8. Screening laboratory results as follows, or any other clinically significant abnormalities in screening laboratory values that would render a patient unsuitable for inclusion. 1. ALT > 5 x ULN for Part C or > 2 x ULN for Part D 2. Total bilirubin > 1.25 x ULN 3. Serum albumin < 3.4 g/dL 4. International normalized ratio of prothrombin time > 1.25 5. Platelet count <140 x 10^9/L 6. Hemoglobin <12.0 g/dL for males and <11.0 g/dL for females 7. White blood cell count <3.0 k/mm3 8. Serum creatinine >1.1 x ULN 9. Urine protein/creatinine ratio ≥0.2 mg/mg. In the event of a ratio above this threshold, eligibility may be confirmed by a quantitative total urine protein measurement of <150 mg/24 hour 10. Positive test (including trace) for blood on urinalysis. In the event of a positive test, eligibility may be confirmed with urine microscopy showing <5 red blood cells per high power field 9. Clinically significant abnormalities and/or poorly controlled medical conditions (e.g. Cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic disease) in the opinion of the investigator. 10. History of bleeding diathesis or coagulopathy. 11. History of extrahepatic disorders possibly related to HBV immune complexes (e.g., glomerulonephritis, polyarteritis nodosa) . 12. Active infection other than HBV, requiring systemic antiviral or antimicrobial therapy that will not be completed prior to Study Day 1.

Study Design

Phase
Phase 1
Study Type
Interventional
Allocation
Randomized
Intervention Model
Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose
Treatment
Masking
Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)

Arm Groups

ArmDescriptionAssigned Intervention
Experimental
Part A: SAD in healthy participants
Part A: Single ascending doses of up to 450 mg AHB-137 by subcutaneous (SC) injection in healthy participants.
  • Drug: AHB-137 injection
    AHB-137 will be administered
  • Drug: Placebo
    Placebo will be administered
Experimental
Part B: MD in healthy participants
Part B: Multiple doses of 300 mg AHB-137 by subcutaneous (SC) injection in healthy participants.
  • Drug: AHB-137 injection
    AHB-137 will be administered
  • Drug: Placebo
    Placebo will be administered
Experimental
Part C: MD in CHB patients (open label)
Part C: Multiple doses of 300 mg AHB-137 by subcutaneous (SC) injection in CHB patients.
  • Drug: AHB-137 injection
    AHB-137 will be administered
Experimental
Part D: MD in CHB patients in multiple centers
Part D: Multiple doses of 200 mg or 300 mg AHB-137 by subcutaneous (SC) injection in CHB patients (Multiple centers across multiple regions).
  • Drug: AHB-137 injection
    AHB-137 will be administered
  • Drug: Placebo
    Placebo will be administered

Recruiting Locations

University of Maryland Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

More Details

Status
Recruiting
Sponsor
AusperBio Therapeutics Inc.

Study Contact

Bella Lu
+8615968607969
bingxia.lu@ausperbio.com

Detailed Description

This is a first-in-human study of AHB-137, consisting of four parts. Parts A and B are randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled studies designed to assess the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics of AHB-137 following subcutaneous injection in healthy volunteers at a 6:2 ratio of AHB-137 to placebo. Part A is a single-ascending dose (SAD) study, and Part B is a single-ascending dose (SAD) study, and Part B is a multiple dose (MD) study. Part C is an open label MD study with up to 6 CHB patients. Part D is a double blinded study in CHB patients at a 4:1 ratio to receive AHB-137 or placebo. Study advancement to subsequent parts/cohorts will require satisfactory interim reviews of available cumulative safety data by the Safety Review Committees (SRC), using the safety criteria and review procedures described in the protocol.

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