Neurocrine Biosciences Inc.’s positive top-line data from the phase III study called Cahtalyst in classic congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) further whetted Wall Street’s appetite for soon-to-come results in the same indication from Spruce Therapeutics Inc.
The majority of patients with acromegaly who switched from therapy with injected somatostatin receptor ligands to Crinetics Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s once-daily, oral drug paltusotine maintained stable levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 in a phase III trial, moving the company’s first-in-class lead closer to becoming the potential new standard of care for the rare hormonal disorder.
Genexine Co. Ltd.’s recombinant human growth hormone eftansomatropin alfa (GX-H9/TJ-101) met the primary endpoint in a phase III pediatric study conducted in China in children with growth hormone deficiency, and the company plans to file a BLA in 2024 in China on the data.
China’s National Medical Products Administration has approved Innovent Biologics Inc.’s proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin-type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor, Sintbilo (tafolecimab), making it the first first locally developed PCSK9 monoclonal antibody to be approved in China. The approval is for treatment of adult patients with primary hypercholesterolemia (including heterozygous familial and non-familial hypercholesterolemia) and mixed dyslipidemia (abnormal lipid levels). Tafolecimab marks Innovent's first cardiovascular drug as well as the company’s 10th approval.
Camurus AB’s subcutaneous octreotide hydrochloride injection pen, CAM-2029, yielded statistically significant improvements in “multiple endpoints” in a 52-week phase III extension trial in patients with acromegaly, moving it closer to providing a more convenient treatment option for patients with the rare, chronic growth disorder than currently available therapies.
Opko Health Inc. stands to receive a $90 million milestone payment from partner Pfizer Inc. on the U.S. FDA approval of once-weekly human growth hormone analogue Ngenla (somatrogon) for pediatric patients with growth hormone deficiency. Pfizer expects to make the drug available to patients starting in August 2023.
Disc Medicine Inc.’s positive phase II data from an ongoing, open-label trial called Beacon with oral bitopertin in erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP) and X-linked protoporphyria (XLP) whetted investor appetite for the results of the other mid-stage Disc experiment known as Aurora with the compound, due early next year.
After long years of endeavor, Scarlet Therapeutics Ltd. believes it is poised to realize the potential of red blood cells (RBCs) as drug delivery vehicles. The company recently closed a seed round and is now laying the ground for its first clinical trials in which cultured and genetically engineered RBCs will be used to deliver enzyme replacement therapies in the treatment of rare inherited forms of two metabolic disorders.
Word from Immix Biopharma Inc. of updated data due with NXC-201 brought to the forefront an ongoing push by drug developers to come up with a treatment for AL amyloidosis. Immix has the only CAR T therapy in the works for the disease, and the principal investigator in the Nexicart-1 phase Ib/IIa effort is slated to speak May 19 during the annual meeting of the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy.
The most ambitious objective of any treatment is to eradicate the disease, acting on its origin to cure it instead of treating its symptoms. This is the purpose of the gene therapy against type 2 diabetes (T2D) and obesity that Fractyl Health Inc. is developing. Scientists from the Lexington, Mass.-based company have designed a strategy based on glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) to transform pancreatic cells and reverse the disease.