Sanofi and Regeneron (NY, US) have ruled their phase III clinical trial immunotherapy Sarilumab a huge success. Now awaiting US FDA and EMA approval, the results from the latest study were presented at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) annual meeting in San Francisco.
Should Sarilumab be approved, this immunotherapy will be used to treat sufferers of mild to severe Rheumatoid Arthritis – a debilitating and painful chronic disease. These phase III trial results are therefore great news, having succeeded in both co-primary endpoints: improvement in symptoms of Rheumatoid and improvement in physical function of patient joints.
There is a strong competition for antibody research into chronic auto-immune diseases such as Rheumatoid. A few Biotech giants are extra anxious to make new breakthroughs in the field, seeing as some of their Rheumatoid blockbuster patents will soon expire (i.e. AbbVie and Johnson&Johnson), exposing their sales territory to the merciless Biosimilar…