Gilead's Late-Stage R&D Misfire Gives Respite To Competing Myelofibrosis Therapies
The JAK inhibitor momelotinib meets some endpoints but misses others in two late-stage clinical studies in myelofibrosis, a condition that has proved recalcitrant to various new approaches, leaving Incyte/Novartis’s marketed product ruxolitinib as one of the few successes.
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GlaxoSmithKline is paying a 39% premium to buy Sierra Oncology and its myelofibrosis therapy momelotinib which is set to be filed shortly in the US on the back of a strong Phase III package.
Sierra announced Phase III results for the JAK inhibitor in anemic myelofibrosis patients with previous JAK exposure, a difficult-to-treat population. Trial investigator Ruben Mesa talked to Scrip about some of the advantages.
There have been lots of twists and turns on the development path for Inrebic which is now the second JAK inhibitor to be approved in the EU for MF since the blockbuster Jakavi was cleared in 2012.