AbbVie submits BLA for investigational psoriasis treatment

GSK offloads investigational psoriasis treatment to Dermavant
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AbbVie has this week submitted a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the US Food and Drug Administration for risankizumab – an investigational interleukin-23 (IL-23) inhibitor, being evaluated for treatment of patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.

“The risankizumab submission represents an important milestone in our goal of advancing treatment for people living with immune-mediated diseases,” said Michael Severino, executive vice president, research and development and chief scientific officer, AbbVie.

“Risankizumab has the potential to be an important treatment option for people living with plaque psoriasis and we look forward to working with the FDA throughout the review process.”

The BLA is supported by data from the global risankizumab Phase 3 psoriasis program evaluating more than 2,000 patients with moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis across four Phase 3 studies: ultIMMA-1, ultIMMa-2, IMMhance and IMMvent.

Across all four studies, risankizumab met all co-primary and ranked secondary endpoints with no new safety signals across the Phase 3 program.

Top-line results of these clinical studies were previously announced in October and December 2017. Risankizumab is not approved by regulatory authorities and its safety and efficacy have not been established.

Risankizumab is part of a collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim, with AbbVie leading future development and commercialization of risankizumab globally.