Reata, Abbott partner to develop and commercialize AIMs for chronic diseases

May 29, 2017

AIMs are potent activators of the transcription factor Nrf2. Activation of Nrf2 promotes the production of a wide range of antioxidant, detoxification, and anti-inflammatory genes. Activation of Nrf2 also inhibits NF-KB, a transcription factor that regulates many pro-inflammatory enzymes. Suppression of Nrf2 and activation of NF-KB have been associated with numerous chronic diseases, including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease, neurodegenerative disease and COPD. Therefore, agents that activate Nrf2 and inhibit NF-KB may be beneficial in the treatment of these chronic diseases.

"This partnership allows Abbott to enhance its promising research pipeline across multiple therapeutic areas," said John Leonard, M.D., senior vice president, pharmaceuticals, research and development, Abbott. "Accumulating data has established the potential for antioxidant inflammation modulators in neuroscience and immunology, and we look forward to expanding our knowledge through further research."

Under an agreement reached in September 2010, Reata granted to Abbott exclusive rights to develop and commercialize its lead AIM compound, bardoxolone methyl, outside of the United States, excluding certain Asian markets. Reata retains U.S. development and commercialization rights. Reata and Abbott are currently conducting the BEACON study, a multi-national Phase 3 clinical trial of bardoxolone methyl in patients with stage 4 chronic kidney disease and type 2 diabetes.


©2017 -