Fernando Dangond, MD, MBA: Phase 2 Data on Evobrutinib in MS


Head of Global Clinical Development in Neurology at EMD Serono discussed the findings of a phase 2 assessment of the company’s investigational BTK inhibitor evobrutinib in multiple sclerosis.

“We are very excited because we know the drug works on B cells, which have been shown to have a central role in progression in MS, and on macrophages. This creates an avenue for us because we have a small-molecule drug that is an irreversible and highly selective inhibitor of BTK [which] plays a very essential role in the inflammatory potential of both.”

Phase 2 data presented at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC 2020) suggest that the efficacy and safety of 75-mg evobrutinib, an investigational, oral, highly selective Bruton's Tyrosine Kinase (BTK) inhibitor, is maintained over the long-term in the treatment of patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS).1

Those who received EMD Serono’s agent had an annualized relapse rate (ARR) of 0.11 (95% CI, 0.04—0.25) at Week 48, and 0.12 (95% CI, 0.06–0.22) for the full 108-week period. Evobrutinib was also considered generally well-tolerated, maintaining its known safety profile during the open-label extension period, with transient elevated liver aminotransferases, which was reported in the 48-week double-blind period, not observed in the extension.2

The phase 2 randomized controlled trial (NCT02975349) included 213 patients (79.8% of the 267 randomized) who were treated for 108 weeks, which consisted of the 48-week main study and 60-week open-label extension. To find out more, NeurologyLive connected virtually with Fernando Dangond, MD, MBA, head, Global Clinical Development in Neurology, EMD Serono.

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1. Montalban C, Arnold DL, Weber MS, et al. Efficacy and Safety of the Bruton’s Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor (BTKI) Evobrutinib in Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis over 108 Weeks: Open-Label Extension to a Phase 2 Study. Int J MS Care. 2020;22(2 Suppl). Late-Breaking Abstract.

2. New Late-Breaking Data at EAN Indicate Evobrutinib is the First BTK Inhibitor to Report Efficacy and Safety in MS Over 108 Weeks [press release]. Rockland, MA: EMD Serono; Published May 23, 2020. Accessed May 26, 2020. biospace.com/article/releases/new-late-breaking-data-at-ean-indicate-evobrutinib-is-the-first-btk-inhibitor-to-report-efficacy-and-safety-in-ms-over-108-weeks

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