Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals Partners with NHL Hall-of-Famer Henrik Lundqvist to Raise Awareness of Recurrent Pericarditis

Campaign to elevate experiences from the recurrent pericarditis community and provide resources to patients and caregivers –

HAMILTON, Bermuda, June 24, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (Nasdaq: KNSA) (Kiniksa), a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company with a pipeline of immune-modulating assets designed to target a spectrum of cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases, today announced a partnership with National Hockey League (NHL) Hall-of-Famer, Henrik Lundqvist, to raise awareness in support of patients suffering from recurrent pericarditis. Lundqvist has faced the challenges of living with this painful and debilitating chronic autoinflammatory cardiovascular disease. The campaign will kick off in September of this year.

Pericarditis is marked by a profound inflammation of the pericardial tissue in the multi-layered sac that surrounds the heart. The associated sharp chest pain frequently requires urgent care and hospitalization, and patients often believe they are having a heart attack. Patients experiencing recurrent pericarditis flares suffer wide-ranging effects on quality of life, physical activity, and overall well-being.

“Despite the significant impact of recurrent pericarditis on patients’ lives, the limited understanding of the disease often results in delayed diagnosis and treatment,” said Sanj K. Patel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kiniksa. “We are honored to collaborate with Henrik Lundqvist to raise awareness of the realities of suffering from recurrent pericarditis. We believe this collaboration will help educate and inspire individuals to take proactive steps to access appropriate medical care early on to prevent future flares.”

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About Recurrent Pericarditis
Recurrent pericarditis is a painful and debilitating chronic autoinflammatory cardiovascular disease marked by inflammation of the pericardium and is often associated with changes in electrical conduction and sometimes buildup of fluid around the heart, called pericardial effusion. Recurrent pericarditis symptoms have an impact on quality of life, limit physical activities, and lead to frequent emergency department visits and hospitalizations. Data show that approximately 40,000 patients in the U.S. seek and receive treatment for recurrent pericarditis each year. Of that group, approximately 14,000 patients experience two or more recurrences due to persistent underlying disease or inadequate response to conventional therapies, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), colchicine and corticosteroids.

About Kiniksa
Kiniksa is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, acquiring, developing, and commercializing therapeutic medicines for patients suffering from debilitating diseases with significant unmet medical need. Kiniksa’s immune-modulating assets, ARCALYST®, abiprubart, and mavrilimumab, are based on strong biologic rationale or validated mechanisms, target a spectrum of underserved cardiovascular and autoimmune conditions, and offer the potential for differentiation. For more information, please visit


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