New Findings Support Less Frequent Dosing in Hemophilia B Patients Treated with Coagulation Factor IX with Recombinant Albumin

  New Findings Support Less Frequent Dosing in Hemophilia B Patients Treated
         with Coagulation Factor IX with Recombinant Albumin (rIX-FP)

Data showing improved pharmacokinetic profile to be presented at World
Federation of Hemophilia Congress

PR Newswire

MELBOURNE, Australia, May 11, 2014

MELBOURNE, Australia, May 11,2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Interim Phase II/III and
III findings presented today by CSL Behring at the World Federation of
Hemophilia (WFH) 2014 Congress demonstrate an improved pharmacokinetic (PK)
profile of recombinant fusion protein linking coagulation factor IX with
recombinant albumin (rIX-FP) among hemophilia B patients of all age groups.
These findings suggest an improvement in hemophilia B treatment by allowing a
prolonged routine prophylaxis treatment interval of 14 days or potentially
longer, compared to the current standard of two to three times per week. Data
were presented during an oral session at the WFH Congress in Melbourne,
Australia. CSL Behring is a subsidiary of CSL Limited (CSL: ASX), a
biopharmaceutical company with headquarters in Melbourne, Australia.

"Patients with hemophilia B and treating physicians are eager for innovative
products that are able to decrease the dosing frequency while being effective
and reliable in the prevention or treatment of bleeding episodes," said Elena
Santagostino, MD, Ph.D., and lead investigator of this study. "Our interim PK
data from two Phase III studies, combined with the Phase I and I/II results,
demonstrate that rIX-FP has the potential to satisfy this unmet need by
offering a longer dosing interval and fewer injections."

"This data provides further encouragement to our ongoing efforts to bring
forward to hemophilia patients an improved treatment option that will improve
their quality of life," said Charmaine Gittleson, CSL Behring Senior Vice
President of Clinical Research and Development. "We look forward to completing
this study and moving into the next steps with this promising clinical

The interim pharmacokinetic results from the two phase III trials were based
on the analysis of pharmacokinetic samples over the course of 14 days in 68
severe hemophilia B patients, ages from 1 to 61 years. A single dose of 50
IU/kg rIX-FP gave a mean FIX activity level above 3% at 14 days in all age
ranges. In a paired comparison, the PK profile of rIX-FP demonstrated a 30 to
40 percent greater incremental recovery and greater than five times longer
half-life, along with over five-fold larger area under the curve (AUC) and
slower clearance compared with patients' previous plasma-derived and
recombinant FIX products.

About the Phase II/III and III Study

The Phase II/III (patients age 12 to 61 years) and Phase III (patients age 1
to 11 years) studies are open-label, multicenter, safety and efficacy studies
of rIX-FP in previously treated patients with severe hemophilia B (FIX</=
2%). The studies are part of CSL Behring's PROLONG - 9FP clinical
developmental program.

The Phase II/III is a crossover study, designed to compare the change in
frequency of spontaneous bleeding events between on-demand and weekly
prophylaxis regimen in patients previously receiving only on-demand treatment
and the number of patients developing inhibitors against factor IX as primary
outcome measures. In addition, the study is also designed to compare multiple
prophylaxis regimens of different treatment intervals, including 7-day and
14-day intervals. This study is ongoing since December 2011.

The Phase III primary outcome measures are PK parameters of rIX-FP and the
number of subjects developing inhibitors against factor IX. All patients
received weekly prophylaxis regimen. This study is ongoing since September

More information about study design can be found at

About rIX-FP

CSL Behring engineered rIX-FP to extend the half-life of factor IX through
genetic fusion with recombinant albumin. CSL Behring selected albumin as the
ideal recombinant genetic fusion partner for its coagulation factor proteins
due to its long physiological half-life. In addition, albumin has been shown
to have a good tolerability profile, low potential for immunogenic reactions
and a well-known mechanism of clearance compared to some other technologies.
The cleavable linker connecting recombinant factor IX and recombinant albumin
has been specifically designed to preserve the native function of the
coagulation factor in the fusion protein, while benefiting from recombinant
albumin's long physiological half-life.

About Hemophilia

Hemophilia is a congenital bleeding disorder characterized by prolonged or
spontaneous bleeding, especially into the muscles, joints, or internal organs.
In nearly all cases, it affects only males. The disease is caused by deficient
or defective blood coagulation proteins known as factor VIII or IX. The most
common form of the disease is hemophilia A, or classic hemophilia, in which
the clotting factor VIII is either deficient or defective. Hemophilia B is
characterized by deficient or defective factor IX. Hemophilia A affects
approximately 1 in 5,000 to 10,000 people. Hemophilia B affects approximately
1 in 25,000 to 50,000 people. The recommended treatment for people with
hemophilia deficiency is to treat by replacement factor therapy.

About CSL Behring

CSL Behring is a leader in the plasma protein therapeutics industry. Committed
to saving lives and improving the quality of life for people with rare and
serious diseases, the company manufactures and markets a range of
plasma-derived and recombinant therapies worldwide.

CSL Behring therapies are used around the world to treat coagulation disorders
including hemophilia and von Willebrand disease, primary immune deficiencies,
hereditary angioedema and inherited respiratory disease, and neurological
disorders in certain markets. The company's products are also used in cardiac
surgery, organ transplantation, burn treatment and to prevent hemolytic
diseases in the newborn. CSL Behring operates one of the world's largest
plasma collection networks, CSL Plasma. CSL Behring is a subsidiary of CSL
Limited (CSL: ASX), a biopharmaceutical company with headquarters in
Melbourne, Australia. For more information, visit

Sheila A. Burke
Director, Communications & Public Relations
Worldwide Commercial Operations
CSL Behring
O: 610-878-4209


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