Argenx is well-positioned for growth with the new trial data and a “big revenue beat” for Vyvgart in the first quarter, Piper Sandler analyst Allison Bratzel wrote in a note to investors. The drug pulled in net sales of $21.2 million in the period, surpassing the consensus Wall Street estimate of $7 million and Piper Sandler’s expectation of $5.1 million, Bratzel wrote.
The Phase 3 ADVANCE trial in primary immune thrombocytopenia found that 22% of patients receiving Vyvgart had a sustained platelet response, compared with 5% of patients on placebo, a statistically significant difference. Importantly, the safety profile of the drug was consistent with previous studies, even though patients in the new trial were treated for 24 weeks, Argenx said.
ADVANCE included 131 adults with primary immune thrombocytopenia who had already received an array of other treatments. About two-thirds of the participants had received three or more therapies for their condition before enrolling in the new trial.
The study is the first of two pivotal trials the company is conducting for the potential new indication. The second, ADVANCE-SC, will likely have top-line data in the first quarter of 2023, Argenx said.
By Kristin Jensen
The companies will explore opportunities to apply Flagship’s innovative bioplatforms – an ecosystem that currently comprises 41 companies – to scientific challenges in disease areas within cardiometabolic and rare diseases and initiate research programmes based on these.
BD is expanding its long-running partnership with the blood collection company Babson Diagnostics. The two companies have been working together since 2019 on a device that can gather small volumes of blood from the capillaries in the fingertip without requiring any specialized training, and beginning with a focus on supporting primary care in retail settings.
Wednesday, Australian biotech CSL said (PDF) the regulatory review of its $11.7 billion acquisition of Switzerland’s Vifor Pharma will take “a few more months,” suggesting it won’t be able to close the transaction by June 2022 as previously expected.