News

Bapineuzumab fails phase III
Enlarge image

BusinessIreland

Bapineuzumab fails phase III

26.07.2012 - Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson report that Bapineuzumab failed the first of four phase III trials.

The monoclonal antibody Bapineuzumab could not outperform a placebo in moderating symptoms of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease. Expectations on an intravenous formulation of the drug to help a group of patients sharing the so called ApoE4 (apolipoprotein E epsilon 4) genotype could not be fulfilled. Pfizer did not release details of the study’s outcome, but a principal investigator in the trial, Reisa Sperling, told The New York Times that "there was absolutely no evidence at all of a clinical benefit of treatment on either of the primary measures." The antibody developed by the Irish company Elan and US company Pfizer is tested in a large-scale Alzheimer's Immunotherapy Program for its suitability for treating the most common form of dementia. Meanwhile Johnson & Johnson joined the team for a total of four clinical trials. 1100 patients participated in the trail, all of them carriers of the ApoE4 risk gene. It is possible that patients without this gene modification could gain more profit from the agent. A second study with this group will start in the following weeks, two others are still ongoing.

Bapineuzumab is the follow up agent of AN1792, a vaccine which also failed. AN1792 successfully stimulated the formation of antibodies against beta amyloid – a protein that can exert toxic effects in the brain and is believed to play a central role in the pathology of Alzheimer's disease – in animal studies. But in 2002, a phase II trial had to be stopped because of safety issues. Aseptic meningoencephalitis and leukoencephalopathy were diagnosed in 6 percent of the participants. Nevertheless, some hints were given that the vaccine achieved an effect. The same effects were expected for Bapineuzumab, of course without the negative consequences.

http://www.european-biotechnology-news.com/news/news/2012-03/bapineuzumab-fails-phase-iii.html

ResearchUK

30.01.2015 AstraZeneca has joined forces with four research collaborations to use breakthrough CRISPR gene editing technology across its drug discovery platform.

Stock marketsEU

29.01.2015 Denmark's Ascendis Pharma has successfully raised US$108m with its upsized NASDAQ IPO, while Irish animal health specialist Nexvet is waiting in the wings.

Contract ResearchEU

28.01.2015 EMA recommends suspending around 750 generic medicines marketed throughout the world after India’s GVK Biosciences is accused of faking bioequivalence studies. Meds considered critically important for patients will remain available.

RegulationEU

21.01.2015 The EMA is asking for comments on how to implement the transparency rules of EU Clinical Trial Regulation, pointing to the new clinical trial portal and database as the main instrument.

Stock marketsEUGermany

21.01.2015 2014 was a record year for biotech companies on the European stock market, with a total of €2.4bn raised in the year - 25% more than in the year before.

ResearchEUUK

20.01.2015 Ebola research projects are set to receive €215m in funding from the European Commission’s IMI2 Ebola+ programme. Among the project partners are vaccine developers Glaxosmithkline, Johnson&Johnson and Merck. 

Stock ExchangeUKDenmarkFrance

16.01.2015 It's time to get used to weekly IPO plans by European biotechs. UK's drug discovery firm Redx Pharma Ltd, established just five years ago, has come of age with their £80m (€105m) IPO plans.

M&ASwitzerland

14.01.2015 Pharma kingpin Roche has launched a billion-dollar transaction for a total of US$1.2bn (€1bn), taking over the majority of US cancer specialist Foundation Medicine.

PoliticsEU

14.01.2015 The European Parliament has backed the legislation allowing individual countries to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of genetically modified crops that have been authorised at EU level.

M&AIrelandUK

13.01.2015 Shire beefs up its rare disease portfolio after acquiring NPS Pharma with the aim of becoming a leading biotech in a US$5.2bn deal. Part of the deal is the US biotech's lead portfolio of gastrointestinal and hormone replacement therapies.

Events

All Events

Current issue

All issues

Product of the week

Products

Stock list

All quotes

TOP

  • 4SC0.84 EUR0.00%
  • ACTELION100.80 CHF0.00%
  • ADDEX3.28 CHF0.00%

FLOP

  • CYTOTOOLS31.45 EUR-0.47%
  • 4SC0.84 EUR0.00%
  • ACTELION100.80 CHF0.00%

TOP

  • CYTOS0.36 CHF56.5%
  • FORMYCON15.48 EUR53.6%
  • ADDEX3.28 CHF41.4%

FLOP

  • BIOFRONTERA1.93 EUR-16.1%
  • ACTELION100.80 CHF-13.3%
  • MOLOGEN5.75 EUR-9.4%

TOP

  • SANTHERA105.00 CHF2544.8%
  • WILEX1.96 EUR168.5%
  • FORMYCON15.48 EUR103.7%

FLOP

  • CYTOS0.36 CHF-90.1%
  • 4SC0.84 EUR-49.7%
  • MOLOGEN5.75 EUR-49.7%

No liability assumed, Date: 30.01.2015