Humira Biosimilar Drug Accepted to Conduct Clinical Trial in UK for Crohn’s, Other Autoimmune Diseases

Humira Biosimilar Drug Accepted to Conduct Clinical Trial in UK for Crohn’s, Other Autoimmune Diseases
Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biotechnology company, Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc., has just announced the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has accepted the company's Clinical Trial Application (CTA) for a study of M923, a biologic similar to TNF inhibiting anti-inflammatory drug Humira® (adalimumab) by AbbVie, Inc., for the management of inflammatory processes associated with autoimmune diseases such as Crohn's disease. The clinical trial for M923 will be in collaboration with Baxter International's pharmaceutical branch, which entitles Momenta to an aggregate payment worth $12 million within December 2014. The partnership aims to leverage Momenta's novel technologies in developing biosimilar and potentially interchangeable biologics on a worldwide scale. Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, between the mouth and the anus. Patients experience a number of uncomfortable, life-altering chronic symptoms such as fatigue, abdominal pain, diarrhea, bleeding, fever, weight loss, and malnutrition. There is still no known cure, therefore available treatment focuses on relieving these symptoms, and inducing and maintaining remission. Crohn's disease is estimated to affect about 3.2 per 1,00
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