SEATTLE, Wash and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, November 12, 2020 — Achieve Life Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACHV), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company committed to the global development and commercialization of cytisinicline for smoking cessation and nicotine addiction, today announced third quarter 2020 financial results and provided an update on the cytisinicline clinical development program.
Recent Events & Highlights
- Initiated the Phase 3 ORCA-2 clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of 3 mg cytisinicline dosed 3 times daily compared to placebo in 750 adult smokers at 15 clinical sites in the United States
- Promoted John Bencich to Chief Executive Officer and Dr. Cindy Jacobs to President
- Presented successful results from the RAUORA, head-to-head non-inferiority clinical trial comparing cytisinicline and Chantix® (varenicline), at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco European (SRNT-E) Annual Meeting
- Presented mechanism of action data comparing 5-HT3receptor activity of cytisinicline vs. Chantix at SRNT-E, providing rationale for differentiated side effect profile of smoking cessation treatments
- Announced smoking cessation Key Opinion Leader Virtual Roundtable to be held on November 17, 2020
“With the initiation of the Phase 3 ORCA-2 trial and the breakthrough evidence, both mechanistically and clinically, in support of cytisinicline in comparison to Chantix, the third quarter of 2020 has undeniably been the most pivotal in the history of our company,” commented John Bencich, Chief Executive Officer of Achieve. “Our primary focus in the coming months will be enrollment and execution of ORCA-2, while continuing to explore opportunities for commercialization and expansion into new therapeutic indications, digital health technologies, and audiences who may benefit from cytisinicline, specifically, users of vapes or e-cigarettes.”
Phase 3 ORCA-2 Trial Initiation
Achieve’s first Phase 3 ORCA-2 trial was initiated in October 2020 and will randomize 750 U.S. smokers to one of three study arms to determine the efficacy and safety of cytisinicline administered for either 6 or 12 weeks, compared to placebo. The primary endpoint is biochemically verified continuous abstinence during the last 4 weeks of treatment in the 6 and 12-week cytisinicline treatment arms compared to placebo. Each treatment arm will be compared independently to the placebo arm and the trial will be determined to be successful if either or both of the cytisinicline treatment arms show a statistical benefit compared to placebo.
Management Team Update
In September, the Company announced the promotion of John Bencich to Chief Executive Officer and Dr. Cindy Jacobs to President. Mr. Bencich has been serving as Achieve’s Chief Financial and Operating Officer since 2017 and will join the Board of Directors in his role. Dr. Jacobs has been serving as the Chief Medical Officer of Achieve since 2017 and will continue in her role leading the regulatory and clinical development efforts for cytisinicline. Rick Stewart will remain with Achieve as the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors and Dr. Anthony Clark will remain in his role as Chief Scientific Officer.
RAUORA: Significantly Fewer Adverse Events and Higher Quits Rates for Cytisinicline vs Chantix
Final results from the New Zealand RAUORA Phase 3 non-inferiority clinical trial comparing cytisinicline to varenicline (Chantix) in Māori (indigenous New Zealanders) and whānau (family) of Māori were presented at the SRNT-E Annual Meeting in September 2020. Results showed that cytisinicline met the pre-specified non-inferiority endpoint and was trending towards superiority demonstrating a 4.29% improvement in quit rates in favor of cytisinicline. Subjects in the cytisinicline arm were approximately one and a half times more likely to have quit smoking at 6 months compared to subjects who received varenicline. Importantly, significantly fewer overall adverse events (AEs) were reported in cytisinicline-treated subjects. Of the subjects who experienced AEs (111 in the cytisinicline arm compared to 138 in the varenicline arm), there was significantly less nausea and vivid dreams.
MOA Data Explaining Reduced Nausea and Vomiting with Cytisinicline Presented at SRNT-E
Data presented at the SRNT-E Annual Meeting in Septemb