One less ri­val for Im­muno­vant, as Alex­ion aban­dons FcRn in­hibitor

Less than one year af­ter Alex­ion part­ed with $25 mil­lion up­front to se­cure ac­cess to a sec­ond an­ti-FcRn as­set, it is aban­don­ing the ex­per­i­men­tal drug. The dis­con­tin­u­a­tion, dis­closed at the SVB Leerink Glob­al Health­care Con­fer­ence in New York dur­ing a fire­side chat, bodes well for ri­val Im­muno­vant.

The drug (ABY-039), part­nered for de­vel­op­ment with Swe­den’s Af­fi­body, was for­sak­en on the ba­sis of ear­ly-stage da­ta that was not viewed fa­vor­ably, Baird and SVB Leerink an­a­lysts not­ed.

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