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Eisai completes US FDA rolling submission for lecanemab Biologics License Application for early Alzheimer's disease under the accelerated approval pathway
11 May 2022 -

Japan-based Eisai Co., Ltd. And US-based Biogen Inc. (Nasdaq: BIIB) announced on Tuesday that Eisai has completed the rolling submission to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of a Biologics License Application (BLA) under the accelerated approval pathway for the investigational anti-amyloid beta (A Beta) protofibril antibody lecanemab (BAN2401) for the treatment of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) due to Alzheimer's disease (AD) and mild AD (collectively known as early AD) with confirmed presence of amyloid pathology in the brain.

As part of the completed rolling submission, Eisai has requested Priority Review. If the FDA accepts the BLA, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) action date (target date for completion of examination) will be set. While Eisai is currently submitting lecanemab under the accelerated approval pathway, the lecanemab Phase 3 confirmatory Clarity AD clinical trial conducted with 1,795 patients will report out in the autumn of 2022. The FDA has agreed that the results of Clarity AD, when completed, can serve as the confirmatory study to verify the clinical benefit of lecanemab. Dependent upon the results of the Clarity AD clinical trial, Eisai may submit for full approval of lecanemab to the FDA during fiscal year 2022.

The BLA submission for lecanemab is based on clinical, biomarker and safety data from the proof-of-concept Phase 2b (Study 201 Core) in 856 people with early AD with confirmed presence of amyloid pathology, biomarker and safety data from the Study 201 OLE (open-label extension study, 180 subjects), and blinded safety data from the confirmatory Clarity AD Phase 3 study (1,795 subjects). The results from Study 201 were published in a peer-reviewed journal Alzheimer's Research and Therapy in April 2021.

'We would like to thank the people living with early AD and the healthcare professionals who participated in the lecanemab 201 study for their cooperation allowing completion of this BLA to the US FDA. Alzheimer's disease is a progressive and devastating disease with few treatment options,' said Haruo Naito, chief executive officer at Eisai Co., Ltd. 'Eisai employees have spent time with people living with Alzheimer's disease and their families to truly understand their feelings and challenges and have been working to create new treatments for many years. Our comprehensive medicine creation approach along the Alzheimer's disease continuum reflects Eisai's long-term commitment to providing innovative treatments to the people living with AD, their families and healthcare professionals who urgently need new treatment options.'

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