Molybdenum cofactor deficiency (MoCD) type A, an ultra-rare metabolic disorder causing intractable seizures, brain injury and death, now has a world-first treatment in Nulibry (fosdenopterin), a new I.V. therapy developed by Bridgebio Pharma Inc. subsidiary Origin Biosciences Inc. The agency's priority review, supported by its orphan, breakthrough and rare pediatric disease programs, also yielded a priority review voucher (PRV) for Origin.
A failure of Tricida Inc.'s most recent efforts to overcome FDA objections to an NDA for the company's sole candidate, veverimer, for treating metabolic acidosis, sent company shares (NASDAQ:TCDA) 30.6% lower to $5.11 on Feb. 26. The complex story appears focused now on the agency's desire for additional and more reliable data to support a potential approval. Tricida President and CEO Gerrit Klaerner on Thursday suggested the ongoing renal outcomes study, Valor-CKD, might provide it.
Amicus Therapeutics Inc.’s results from the phase III trial called Propel with AT-GAA (cipaglucosidase alfa and miglustat) for late-onset Pompe disease (LOPD) met with split opinions, though Wall Street took a decidedly dim view and left shares (NASDAQ:FOLD) to close at $12.57, down $6.16, or 33%.
Almost three years after announcing it would quit development of its humanized immunoglobulin G1 candidate, birtamimab, in light chain (AL) amyloidosis, Prothena Corp. plc is revving the program back up with a new focus, sending shares (NASADQ:PRTA) 30.5% higher to close at $14.35 on Feb. 2.
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. said the 164-patient Helios-A phase III study with next-generation RNAi drug vutrisiran hit its primary endpoint as well as both secondary goals in the treatment of hereditary transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis with polyneuropathy. The primary endpoint was change from baseline in the modified Neuropathy Impairment Score at nine months as compared to historical placebo data from the Apollo phase III study of Alnylam’s Onpattro, cleared by the FDA for ATTR polyneuropathy in August 2018.
HONG KONG – With the sale of a group of noncore assets to a little-known Chinese company, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. took another step in a multibillion-dollar string of divestitures that is part of a plan to cut debt and focus on five key business areas. Takeda announced on Dec. 21 the sale of a portfolio of noncore prescription drugs marketed in China to Hasten Biopharmaceutic Co. Ltd. (China).
PERTH, Australia – Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Ltd. announced two new pharmaceutical indications for its lead product, Scenesse (afamelanotide). “The company has until now focused on one drug and has slowly gathered evidence and is now in a position to add other products to its pipeline,” Clinuvel CEO Philippe Wolgen told BioWorld.
Miragen Therapeutics Inc. gained ground lost on Wall Street earlier this month and then some, with shares (NASDAQ:MGEN) closing at $1.26, up 74 cents or 142% after the company disclosed plans to take over Viridian Therapeutics Inc., conducting at the same time a private placement that will raise $91 million.
Intellia Therapeutics Inc. is looking to disrupt the transthyretin (TTR) amyloidosis (ATTR) market with NTLA-2001, its CRISPR-based treatment designed to be a potential cure for the disease. The drug, which is delivered via a lipid nanoparticle, edits the patient's DNA in vivo to create a stop codon and eliminate the expression of TTR, the protein that aggregates in ATTR patients' nervous systems and hearts, disrupting their functions.