UCB Is RADIANT As Bimekizumab Beats Cosentyx For Psoriasis
IL-17A And IL-17F Inhibitor Just Filed In US And Europe
The psoriasis market is crowded and fiercely competitive but the Belgian group's bimekizumab has bested Novartis's interleukin-17A behemoth Cosentyx in a head-to-head study. Whether UCB goes it alone or signs up a large partner with a large marketing budget remains to be seen.
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The Belgian group’s US launch of Bimzelx could be delayed by up to a year after the FDA hit UCB with a complete response letter which states that "certain pre-approval inspection observations must be resolved” before the drug can get the green light for psoriasis.
The Brussels-based company's head of immunology has told Scrip that going into a crowded market against several highly effective biologics across different classes holds no fears for UCB despite some concerns that US prescribers will stick to what they know when it comes to psoriasis therapies.
MoonLake of Switzerland is heading to the NASDAQ armed with $230m to take its tri-specific IL17A/IL-17F nanobody sonelokimab, acquired from Merck KGaA, into the highly competitive spaces of psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and hidradenitis suppurativa.