Subjects must satisfy the following criteria to be enrolled in the study:
1. Subject are male or female ≥ 18 and ≤ 65 years of age, inclusive, at the time of
signing the informed consent form (ICF).
2. Subject must understand and voluntarily sign an ICF prior to any study-related
assessments/procedures being conducted.
3. Subject is willing and able to adhere to the study visit schedule and other protocol
4. Subject has not received glucocorticoid as initial sarcoidosis therapy (≥ 20 mg/day
prednisone or prednisolone) or other sarcoidosis therapy for at least 3 months or 5 PK
half-lives, whichever is longer, prior to enrollment.
5. Subjects have a diagnosis of pulmonary sarcoidosis:
1. According to the American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society/World
Association of Sarcoidosis and other Granulomatous Disorders (ATS/ERS/WASOG)
statement, supported by clinical presentation and biopsy-proven noncaseating
granulomatous inflammation with no alternative cause of the granulomas;
2. With radiographic stage II or III disease;
3. With dyspnea (MRC grade ≥ 1);
4. With an FVC of ≥ 45% and ≤ 80% of predicted normal value at screening;
5. With or without concurrent extra-pulmonary sarcoidosis;
6. Without clinically significant neurosarcoidosis or cardiac sarcoidosis;
7. Without history of resistance or refractoriness to glucocorticoid induction
6. Subject is in good health (except for sarcoidosis) as determined by a physical
examination at screening.
a. Stable and mild syndromes associated with normal ageing, that are not expected to
affect safe participation or data interpretation are allowed. Examples include, but
are not limited to, systemic hypertension, hypothyroidism, prostatic hypertrophy, etc.
7. Contraception Requirements:
Must comply with the following acceptable forms of contraception. All FCBP1 must use
one of the approved contraceptive options as described below while participating in
the study and for at least 28 days after the last study visit.
At the time of study entry, and at any time during the study when a FCBP's
contraceptive measures or ability to become pregnant changes, the Investigator will
educate the subject regarding contraception options and the correct and consistent use
of effective contraceptive methods in order to successfully prevent pregnancy.
All FCBP must have a negative pregnancy test at screening and on Days 1, 3 and 5. All
FCBP subjects who engage in activity in which conception is possible must use one of
the approved contraceptive options described below:
Option 1: Any one of the following highly effective methods: hormonal contraception
(oral, injection, implant, transdermal patch, vaginal ring); intrauterine device
(IUD); tubal ligation; or partner's vasectomy; OR Option 2: Male or female condom
(latex condom or non-latex condom NOT made out of natural [animal] membrane [for
example, polyurethane]); PLUS one additional barrier(c) contraceptive sponge with
Male subjects (including those who have had a vasectomy) who engage in activity in
which conception is possible must use barrier contraception (latex or non-latex
condoms NOT made out of natural [animal] membrane [for example, polyurethane]) while
on the study and for at least 28 days after the last study visit.
8. Subject has body mass index (BMI) ≥ 17 and ≤ 33 kg/m2 at screening.
9. Subject has clinical laboratory safety test results that are within normal limits or
acceptable to the Investigator. Platelet count, absolute neutrophil count, and
absolute lymphocyte count must be above the lower limit of normal at screening.
10. Subject is afebrile, with supine systolic blood pressure (BP) ≥ 90 and ≤ 150 mmHg,
supine diastolic BP ≥ 50 and ≤ 90 mmHg, and pulse rate ≥ 40 and ≤ 110 bpm at
11. Subject has a normal or clinically acceptable 12-lead ECG at screening.
The presence of any of the following will exclude a subject from enrollment. If the
result(s) do not satisfy eligibility criteria, subjects will be ineligible to enroll in the
study and will be considered a screen failure. Subjects may be re-screened with the
approval of the medical monitor:
1. Subject has any significant medical condition, laboratory abnormality, neurological
disease or psychiatric illness that would prevent the subject from safely completing
the study. Prior evidence of neurological disease must be documented.
2. Subject has any condition that confounds the ability to interpret data from the study.
3. Subject is a pregnant or a nursing female.
4. Subject has received another interventional investigational drug for sarcoidosis
within the 3 months prior to screening or 5 PK half-lives, whichever is longer*.
5. Subject has clinically significant lung disease, other than sarcoidosis, such as
asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), interstitial lung disease (ILD)
or lung cancer.
a. Subject has a history of significant (greater than a wedge) lung resection.
6. Subject is receiving therapy for sarcoidosis associated pulmonary hypertension, or has
an indication for such therapy.
7. Subject has uncontrolled diabetes and other contraindications to glucocorticoid
8. Subject has a history of listeriosis, coccidioidomycosis, histoplasmosis,
blastomycosis, treated or untreated tuberculosis or exposure to individuals with
9. Subject is an active smoker or has > 10 pack-year smoking history. Previous smokers
must have discontinued smoking for at least 1 year.
10. Subject is unable to perform any study-related procedure or maneuver.
11. Subject has had any biologic anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy within the
12. Subject has active infection requiring treatment within 30 days prior to screening*.
13. Subject has a positive QuantiFERON-TB Gold tuberculosis test.
a. In case of an indeterminate result, the test may be repeated once. The repeat
result must be negative to permit entry into the study.
14. Subject has active fungal infection (other than candidiasis of the urinary tract*) or
active infection with hepatitis B or hepatitis C or a history of either HCV infection
or chronic HBV infection.
15. Subject has a history of congenital and/or acquired immunodeficiencies (eg, common
variable immunodeficiency, HIV, etc.).
16. Subject has aspartate transaminase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) or total
bilirubin > 2 x the upper limit of normal at screening (unless the increase is
considered to be due to sarcoidosis by the Investigator and/or Sponsor's medical
17. Subject has a serum creatinine level > 1.8 mg/dL (> 159.12 μmol/L)
18. Subject has clinically significant organic heart disease (eg, congestive heart
failure), myocardial infarction requiring initiation or change in medical treatment
within six months prior to screening.
19. Subject has QTcF of > 450 milliseconds or findings on electrocardiogram (ECG) at
screening (eg, an arrhythmia, heart block, etc.) that suggest either significant
cardiac sarcoidosis or significant risk of cardiac adverse event over the duration of
20. Subject has a history of malignancy within 5 years (except basal cell carcinoma of the
skin that is surgically cured, remote history of cancer now considered cured or
positive pap smear with subsequent negative follow-up).
21. Subject is expecting to have elective surgery in the time interval between screening
and 10 weeks after the last study visit if the surgery would be expected to confound
evaluation of study endpoints or AE assessment.
- - Candidate subjects having these conditions may be re-evaluated upon resolution
and entered into the study if all other criteria are met.