New analysis of study results showed clinical benefit of Aducanumab

October 23, 2019 -- IREM is pleased to learn that Biogen plans regulatory filing for aducanumab in Alzheimer's disease based on a new analysis of a larger data set from Phase 3 studies. Neurimmune, a spin-out company of the University of Zurich, discovered aducanumab together with a research group at the University of Zurich that went on to co-found IREM. In 2007 Neurimmune and Biogen entered into a collaborative development and license agreement for aducanumab's development and commercialization.

"Today's news marks a substantial advancement in neuroscience. This is long-awaited progress in finding a treatment for Alzheimer's disease," said IREM Professor and Neurimmune’s CEO Roger Nitsch. "For decades, patients, families and caregivers have been hoping for a scientific breakthrough leading to clinical benefit."

For the first time, large late-stage clinical study results showed that removal of amyloid in the brain can translate into clinically meaningful effects on both cognition and function in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Aducanumab - the antibody mediating amyloid removal - was among the first human antibodies Neurimmune developed through its Reverse Translational Medicine platform. This technology translates antibody-encoding genetic information obtained from human white blood cells into therapeutic antibodies.

"This continues to be a fascinating journey, from a small team of passionate scientists experimenting in the university lab, to prototyping by a startup biotech company, to creating a world-wide multidisciplinary collaboration of thousands of dedicated researchers, antibody manufacturing experts, clinical investigators and study nurses," said Roger Nitsch. "Today, we are moving a meaningful step closer toward our joint goal of delivering a treatment for Alzheimer's disease."

IREM continues to develop translational approaches to move scientific discoveries towards innovative biomedical products designed to improve medical care. With it's teaching program in Bio-Entrepreneurship, IREM is training students and junior scientists to create successful startups for the development of their innovations. 

Benedikt Hochstrasser

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