Regeneron’s Dupilumab: How Much Potential Does It Hold?
Below are the various indications for which Regeneron (REGN) is investigating dupilumab in association with Sanofi (SNY):
- Phase 3 study for atopic dermatitis
- Phase 3 study for asthma
- Phase 3 study for nasal polyps
- Phase 2 study for atopic dermatitis in pediatric patients
- Phase 2 study for eosinophilic esophagitis (or EoE)
Dupilumab indications: Atopic dermatitis and asthma
Dupilumab has a breakthrough therapy designation from the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) for the indication of moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis in adults.
The major possible threat to dupilumab could be Anacor’s Crisaborole, a topical ointment for mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis, which is under FDA review. Anacor was acquired by Pfizer (PFE) in June 2016. The biotechnology industry is undergoing consolidation, as we can see from the recent increased M&A (merger and acquisition) activity. In 2016, Shire (SHPG) acquired Baxalta. Sanofi is pursuing a hostile takeover of Medivation (MDVN).
Fasinumab is an antibody that targets the nerve growth factor (or NGF). During the first quarter of 2016, REGN initiated a Phase 3 study for pain following osteoarthritis of the knee or hip. The study is in an enrollment phase. Similarly, during 1Q16, REGN began a Phase 2b/3 study for chronic pain associated with the lower back.
REGN2222 holds fast track designation for the indication of serious lower respiratory tract disease caused by the respiratory syncytial virus (or RSV). The virus causes a significant healthcare burden since it’s the leading cause of infant hospitalizations in the United States.
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