Moonlake Therapeutics AG is making headway on its mission to establish a broad dermatology and rheumatology franchise around its sole product, sonelokimab, announcing it is poised to start a phase II study in hidradenitis suppurativa.
Four years after Bristol Myers Squibb Co.’s (BMS) $1.85 billion investment in Nektar Therapeutics Inc., the pair’s collaboration has stumbled mightily with a phase III failure. A first analysis their melanoma study, PIVOT IO-001, showed it missed three primary endpoints. The study of interleukin-2-targeting NKTR-214 (bempegaldesleukin) combined with Opdivo (nivolumab) compared to Opdivo monotherapy as a first-line treatment for previously untreated, unresectable or metastatic melanoma did not meet the primary endpoints of progression-free survival and objective response rate.
As investors await the Sept. 10 PDUFA date for deucravacitinib from Bristol Myers Squibb Co. (BMS) in psoriasis, handicappers continue to weigh the odds of other tyrosine kinase 2 (TYK2) inhibitors, and ponder what a regulatory victory – or defeat – might mean for the space.
The ultra-rare skin disease X-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (XLHED) can be a heavy burden for children, affecting structures in the skin including sweat glands, respiratory glands, and hair as well as teeth. Though lacking a specific treatment to date, a pivotal clinical trial planned by the Geneva-based nonprofit Esperare Foundation and Pierre Fabre SA could now help bring one about.
Two Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors, Abbvie Inc.'s Rinvoq (upadacitinib) and Pfizer Inc.'s Cibinqo (abrocitinib), have won U.S. FDA approvals for the treatment of people with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis. Reviews of both products for the indication were delayed due to FDA concerns about class risks. Accordingly, each is labeled with a boxed warning regarding risks of serious infection, mortality, malignancy, major adverse cardiovascular events and thrombosis.
Privately held Leo Pharma Inc. has worked its way through a complete response letter issued in April to see the FDA approve Adbry (tralokinumab-ldrm) for treating moderate to severe atopic dermatitis in adults. The CRL noted FDA requests for additional data related to the device component, a prefilled syringe of tralokinumab, but it did not request new efficacy or safety data related to the drug product formulation. In April and on Dec. 28, the company did not provide details on the device-related data that were requested.
A few months after disclosing its merger with Chiasma Inc., Amryt plc rolled out second quarter financials pleasing to Wall Street, where considerable interest has begun to manifest in the company’s epidermolysis bullosa program with Filsuvez, also known as Oleogel-S10.
With its topical gel for primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating) in adults and children 9 years of age and older, Brickell Biotech Inc. is gearing up to challenge Journey Medical Corp.’s Qbrexza (glycopyrronium), an anticholinergic agent contained in a single-use, pre-moistened, medicated cloth.