Author Archives: Marta Figueiredo PhD

SB12, Potential Soliris Biosimilar, Fares Well in Phase 1 Trial

SB12, Samsung Bioepis’ biosimilar candidate of Soliris (eculizumab), is comparable to the original medication in terms of safety, pharmacological properties, and immunoreactivity profile, according to data from a Phase 1 clinical trial in healthy volunteers. Soliris, by Alexion Pharmaceuticals, is an approved therapy for a number of conditions,…

Uplizna May Be Effective for Patients Without Anti-AQP4 Antibodies

Long-term treatment with Uplizna (inebilizumab-cdon) safely and effectively reduced the frequency of attacks in the 12 neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) patients who were negative for antibodies against aquaporin-4 (AQP4) in the N-MOmentum Phase 2/3 trial. Future, appropriately-controlled studies are needed to confirm Uplizna’s benefits in this subgroup…

#ECTRIMS2021 – Greater B-cell Depletion With Uplizna Linked to Better Outcomes

Treatment with Horizon Therapeutics’ Uplizna (inebilizumab) leads to a rapid and sustained drop in immune B-cells in adults with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), data from the N-MOmentum Phase 2/3 clinical trial show. Notably, while all Uplizna-treated patients experienced significant clinical benefits, those with greater B-cell depletion showed lower…

#ECTRIMS2021 – Enspryng Prevents Relapses Over Long Term in Trials

Long-term treatment with Enspryng (satralizumab) safely and sustainably prevents relapses in adolescents and adults with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) who are positive for antibodies against the aquaporin-4 protein (AQP4-IgG), according to four-year data from the SAkura Phase 3 clinical trials. These benefits were observed when the therapy…

1st NMOSD Patient Enrolls in SPHERES Observational Study

The SPHERES registry, an observational study to better understand the underlying mechanisms and clinical course of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), as well as effects of current treatments, has enrolled its first patient. SPHERES, which stands for Synergy of Prospective Health & Experimental Research for Emerging Solutions in NMOSD,…

Aeterna Buys Promising Targeted Immunosuppressive Therapy Platform

Aeterna Zentaris GmbH has acquired exclusive global rights to develop, manufacture, and commercialize highly-specific, autoimmune modifying proteins for the treatment of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). The company, a subsidiary of Aeterna Zentaris, reached an agreement with Julius-Maximilians-University Wuerzburg (JMU), in Germany, which developed the technology, called AIM Biologicals.

SPHERES Registry Launching to Help Improve Patient Care

CorEvitas and the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation (GJCF) announced plans to launch a registry study for people with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). Called SPHERES — which stands for Synergy of Prospective Health & Experimental Research for Emerging Solutions in NMOSD — the observational study is expected to…