1. Male and female (including WOCBP) subjects between the ages of 18 and 75 years,
2. Diagnosis of RA and meeting the 2010 American College of Rheumatology (ACR)/European
League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) classification criteria for RA with a Total Score
3. The subject has active disease at both Screening and Baseline, as defined by both:
- 6 joints tender or painful on motion, AND
- 6 joints swollen; and fulfills 1 of the following 2 criteria at Screening:
- High sensitivity C reactive protein (hsCRP) >7 mg/L at screening
- Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) (Westergren method) >28 mm/hr;
4. Meets Class I, II or III of the ACR 1991 Revised Criteria for Global Functional Status
5. Subjects must be ACPA positive between screening and randomization.
6. Subjects must have been taking oral MTX for at least 3 months at an adequate dose to
determine that the subject had an inadequate response to MTX
7. Up to 50 % of subjects may have received one (and only one) approved TNF-inhibiting
biologic agent administered that was inadequately effective and/or not tolerated. The
anti-TNF biologic could also have been discontinued due to lack of continued access.
1. Subjects with a known immunodeficiency disorder or a first degree relative with a
2. Subjects with any of the following infections or infections history:
1. Any infection requiring treatment within 2 weeks prior to screening (Visit 1).
2. Any infection requiring hospitalization, parenteral antimicrobial therapy within
60 days, or as otherwise judged to be an opportunistic infection or clinically
significant by the investigator, within the past 6 months.
3. Infected joint prosthesis at any time with the prosthesis still in situ.
4. Recurrent (more than one episode) herpes zoster or disseminated (a single
episode) herpes zoster or disseminated (a single episode) herpes simplex.
5. Subjects will be screened for HIV. Subjects who test positive for HIV will be
excluded from the study.
6. Subjects will be screened for hepatitis B virus infection and will be excluded if
positive for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg). Subjects with HBsAg negative
testing but who test positive for hepatitis B core antibody (HBcAb) must have
further testing for hepatitis B surface antibody (HBsAb). If HBsAb is negative,
the subject will be excluded from the study.
7. Subjects with clinically significant active hepatic disease or hepatic impairment
by laboratory assessment.
8. Subjects will be screened for hepatitis C virus (HCV Ab). Subjects with positive
HCV Ab tests will be reflex tested for HCV ribonucleic acid (HCV RNA). Only
subjects with negative HCV Ab or HCV RNA will be allowed to enroll in the study.
3. Evidence of active or latent, untreated or inadequately treated infection with
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB)
4. Pre-existing chronic autoimmune disease.