Enrollment Completed in Phase 3 PATHFNDR-1 Study Evaluating Oral Paltusotine for the Treatment of Acromegaly

Topline results for PATHFNDR-1 study expected in Q3 2023

SAN DIEGO, October 13, 2022 — Crinetics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRNX), today announced the completion of enrollment in the Phase 3 PATHFNDR-1 study. PATHFNDR-1 is one of two ongoing, placebo-controlled Phase 3 studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of once-daily oral paltusotine in acromegaly patients. Topline results from the PATHFNDR-1 study are expected in the third quarter of 2023. The Phase 3 PATHFNDR-2 study’s enrollment is ongoing and topline results are expected in the fourth quarter of 2023. If successful, Crinetics plans to submit data from the two studies to regulatory authorities in support of applications seeking approval for the use of paltusotine for all acromegaly patients who require pharmacotherapy, including untreated patients and those switching from other therapies.

“We would like to thank study participants and clinical research professionals for their interest and contributions to the PATHFNDR-1 study. Completing enrollment is an important step toward our goal of providing patients and physicians with a once-daily oral therapy that we believe offers consistent control of IGF-1 levels and alleviates acromegaly symptoms,” said Alan Krasner, M.D., Crinetics’ chief medical officer. “If successful, paltusotine represents a potential alternative to standard-of-care somatostatin receptor ligand depot injections, which are often painful and disruptive to the lives of patients, typically requiring regular visits to a health care provider’s office.”

Scott Struthers, Ph.D., founder and chief executive officer of Crinetics added, “The over-enrollment of the Phase 3 PATHFNDR-1 study exceeded our expectations and we are looking forward to the completion of both PATHFNDR studies in 2023. As we work to complete these studies, we are also taking steps to increase our commercial readiness to provide patients with broad access to paltusotine, if approved.”

PATHFNDR-1 (NCT04837040) enrolled 58 patients out of a planned 52 with acromegaly who were biochemically controlled (serum insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) ≤ 1.0x upper limit of normal (ULN)) on octreotide or lanreotide depot monotherapy. Following a screening period, during which baseline values for IGF-1, growth hormone and total Acromegaly Symptom Diary Score were determined, participants were randomized 1-to-1 to receive once-daily oral paltusotine or placebo for nine months. The primary endpoint of the study is a responder analysis based on the proportion of patients with mean IGF-1 values ≤ 1.0x ULN at weeks 34 and 36 of the treatment period. Any patient who records two consecutive IGF-1 values ≥ 1.3x ULN and experiences exacerbation of acromegaly clinical signs/symptoms while on the maximum dose of paltusotine or placebo will be subjected to the study’s rescue protocol and classified as a non-responder. Eligible patients will have the option to participate in an open-label extension following their participation in the randomized controlled portion of PATHFNDR-1.

About Acromegaly

Acromegaly is a serious disease generally caused by a pituitary adenoma, a benign tumor in the pituitary that secretes growth hormone (GH). Excess GH secretion causes excess secretion of IGF-1 from the liver. Together, excess of these hormones leads to the symptoms of acromegaly, including abnormal growth of hands and feet, alteration of facial features, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, joint aches, deepening of voice due to enlarged vocal cords, fatigue, sleep apnea, enlargement of heart, liver and other organs, and changes in glucose and lipid metabolism.

Surgical removal of pituitary adenomas, if possible, is the preferred initial treatment for most acromegaly patients. Pharmacological treatments are used for patients who are not candidates for surgery, or when surgery is unsuccessful in achieving treatment goals. Approximately 50% of patients with acromegaly prove to be candidates for pharmacological treatment. Long-acting somatostatin analogues are the most common initial pharmacologic treatment; however, these drugs require monthly depot injections with large gauge needles that are commonly associated with pain, injection site reactions, and increased burden of therapy on the lives of patients.

About Paltusotine

Paltusotine is an investigational, orally available nonpeptide agonist that is designed to be highly selective for the somatostatin receptor type 2 (SST2). It was designed by the Crinetics discovery team to provide a once-daily option for patients with acromegaly and neuroendocrine tumors. A previously completed Phase 1 study of paltusotine showed clinical proof of concept by providing evidence of potent suppression of the growth hormone axis in healthy volunteers. In Phase 2 studies, paltusotine maintained IGF-1 levels in acromegaly patients who switched from injectable depot medications to once-daily oral paltusotine. IGF-1 is the primary biomarker endocrinologists use to manage their acromegaly patients.

In completed studies, paltusotine has been generally well tolerated. The most common treatment-emergent adverse events in Phase 2 trials (>10%) evaluating patients with acromegaly included headache, arthralgia, fatigue, peripheral swelling, paresthesia and hyperhidrosis.

About Crinetics Pharmaceuticals

Crinetics Pharmaceuticals is a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel therapeutics for rare endocrine diseases and endocrine-related tumors. Paltusotine, an investigational, oral somatostatin receptor type 2 (SST2) agonist, is in Phase 3 clinical development for acromegaly and Phase 2 clinical development for carcinoid syndrome associated with neuroendocrine tumors. Crinetics has demonstrated pharmacologic proof-of-concept in Phase 1 clinical studies for CRN04777, an investigational, oral somatostatin receptor type 5 (SST5) agonist for congenital hyperinsulinism, and for CNR04894, an investigational, oral ACTH antagonist for the treatment of Cushing’s disease, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, and other diseases of excess ACTH. All of the company’s drug candidates are orally delivered, small molecule new chemical entities resulting from in-house drug discovery efforts.

Forward-Looking Statements

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