FibroGen Misses In First Of Two Pivotal DMD Trials
The biotech’s pamrevlumab fails a Phase III study in non-ambulatory Duchenne muscular dystrophy, but the antibody still has a shot in ambulatory DMD, as well as IPF and pancreatic cancer.
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The asset appears to have a similar future in Duchenne muscular dystrophy as it has in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis – to wit, none.
Months after a disappointment in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the US firm’s pamrevlumab has missed the mark in a pivotal idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis trial, boding poorly for other trials and forcing the firm to enter cost-cutting mode.
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