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UCB's bimekizumab meets primary and secondary endpoints, beating Janssen's Stelara in chronic plaque psoriasis

Published on 17/10/19 at 11:35am

UCB Pharma has announced new data from the first of three Phase 3 studies investigating the efficacy of its IL-17A and IL-17F inhibitor bimekizumab in the treatment of moderate-to-severe chronic plaque psoriasis in adult patients.

The findings showed that the therapy met both its co-primary endpoints of generating in patients an improvement of at least 90% on the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index and a score of clear or almost clear according to the Investigator Global Assessment (IGA) after 16 weeks

Additionally, bimekizumab proved itself superior to Janssen’s Stelara (ustekinumab) in reaching both these primary endpoints.

Bimekizumab is not currently approved by any regulators worldwide, but these results are likely to form the basis of such applications in future.

“These encouraging first results provide strong evidence that bimekizumab has the potential to raise the bar for achieving skin clearance rates for patients. Achieving clear skin is of critical importance in positively impacting the lives of psoriasis patients. Today’s announcement marks an important milestone in the extensive clinical development of bimekizumab,” commented Dr Mark Lebwohl, Lead Study Investigator, Waldman Professor of Dermatology and Chair of the Kimberly and Eric J Waldman Department of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.

“Psoriasis affects all aspects of a patient’s life. We believe that bimekizumab has the potential to be a meaningful new treatment option for people living with psoriasis,” added Iris Loew-Friedrich, Head of Drug Development and Chief Medical Officer at UCB. “Today’s positive BE VIVID results are just the start. We look forward to sharing further findings from the bimekizumab clinical development programme in the coming months.”

Matt Fellows

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