Safety Is Key As Celgene's Ozanimod Succeeds In First Pivotal MS Test
Celgene's ozanimod successfully cleared its first Phase III hurdle in multiple sclerosis, but safety will be the S1P receptor modulator's differentiating factor in results presented later this year, with additional value coming from ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease in the coming years.
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A composition of matter patent for the Novartis MS drug Gilenya expires in 2019, but a recent inter partes review decision upheld a dosing patent that doesn't expire until 2027. However, analysts also touted the victory as a big win for Celgene and its competing S1P modulator ozanimod.
A second Phase III multiple sclerosis trial testing the S1P1 modulator was positive, turning attention to whether or not Celgene will market the drug independently for the indication and how the drug might be positioned against an eventual generic Gilenya.
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