Talk turned skeptical well before lunchtime in the meeting of the FDA’s Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee to consider Biogen Inc.’s aducanumab for Alzheimer’s disease, and it stayed that way until the end, when panelists voted thumbs down.
The FDA posted briefing documents related to the Nov. 6 meeting of the Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee, and Wall Street’s opinion turned out decidedly mixed regarding the odds for aducanumab, the anti-amyloid beta monoclonal antibody for Alzheimer’s disease from Cambridge, Mass.-based Biogen Inc. and Eisai Co. Ltd., of Tokyo.
With a Nov. 6 FDA adcom meeting on Biogen Inc.'s Alzheimer's candidate, aducanumab, creeping ever closer, the candidate's prospects stole the show in its third-quarter earnings report, even outshining attention to the cloud of generics raining on the company's years-long Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) parade. FDA acceptance for aducanumab's BLA lines the candidate up for a priority review and regulatory action by March 7, the company said. Furthermore, global progress remains underway, with an EU marketing application now made and one in Japan on deck.
News from Biogen Inc. and partner Eisai Co. Ltd. that U.S. regulators accepted the BLA related to aducanumab for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) – and assigned it priority review, no less – set Wall Street abuzz.
News from Biogen Inc. and partner Eisai Co. Ltd. that U.S. regulators accepted the BLA related to aducanumab for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) – and assigned it priority review, no less – set Wall Street abuzz, especially as the companies noted in their press release that the FDA “if possible, plans to act early” on the anti-amyloid beta (a-beta) monoclonal antibody. Regulators’ decision came about 30 days after they took receipt of the submission; they could have waited 60.
Biogen Inc. handily beat earnings expectations in its first-quarter 2020 earnings report to investors but leavened the good news by adding that it now plans to submit its BLA for beta-amyloid-targeting aducanumab for treating Alzheimer’s disease in the third quarter of 2020.
SAN DIEGO – Following up on its October announcement that it would file for FDA approval of beta-amyloid-targeting aducanumab, Biogen Inc. presented the final dataset for the phase III Emerge and Engage studies at the 12th Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease Meeting.
Within the first few minutes of a key opinion leader webinar on Alzheimer's disease sponsored by AC Immune SA, CEO Andrea Pfeifer brought up the decision by Biogen Inc. to file for regulatory approval of amyloid beta targeter aducanumab in early AD, based on results from a subset of patients in the phase III study called Engage.
SAN FRANCISCO Investor sentiment around Biogen Inc.'s plan to soon seek approval for aducanumab in Alzheimer's disease yielded a clear bold reaction in its rising share price Tuesday. But a more nuanced reading was floated during a CNS panel at the BIO Investor Forum the day after, where a focus on new modalities and a call for open-mindedness carried the conversation. "It almost doesn't matter what investors think," said Ellen Lubman, a panelist and chief business officer of Impel Neuropharma Inc. "The reality is that if truly there's a percentage of people getting a benefit from the drug... that's the reason we're all in this business."