Lilly Is Revved Up About Alzheimer's Opportunity
The upcoming filing of Lilly's Alzheimer's antibody donanemab dominated the company's second quarter call. Lilly is also developing a new blood test to confirm diagnosis and a second-generation antibody.
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Lilly plans a head-to-head study of donanemab versus Biogen’s Aduhelm to see which clears amyloid plaque better and has begun a rolling BLA toward accelerated approval of the Alzheimer’s drug.
Oncology leader Anne White will oversee neuroscience and pain, while Bio-Medicines head Ilya Yuffa will take over for retiring Lilly International president; Loxo CEO will oversee entire oncology business.
Some big pharma R&D leaders have signaled enhanced interest in neuroscience R&D – and Alzheimer's more specifically – following FDA's approval of Biogen's Aduhelm based on biomarkers.