The study analysed that the Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis pipeline comprises of 69 drug candidates, of which one drug candidate is in Phase III stage, 16 drug candidates are in Phase II stage, nine drug candidates are in Phase I stage, 32 drug candidates are in Pre-Clinical stage, five candidates are inactive and six drug candidates are in discontinued stage. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a neurodegenerative disorder in brain and spinal cord, the progression of the disease can further lead to muscles getting enough nourishments, which can further cause atrophy of the muscles. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis occurs mostly in the lateral region of the body, in which spinal cord reflexes are too intense. This can also lead to scarring and hardening of the muscles into that region. Various new therapies and advanced technologies are driving the growth of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis pipeline.
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As per the findings of the research, around 31.0% of drug candidates for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis pipeline are being developed to be administered by oral route, 4.0% by intravenous route, 48.0% are not disclosed and 17.0% are to be administered by other routes which includes subcutaneous, intraperitoneal, sublingual, inhalation and intramuscular.
The research also found that various companies have collaborated for the development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis pipeline. In March 2013, Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co., Ltd. signed a research, development and commercial licensing agreement with Edison Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for EPI-743 and EPI-589 in Japan. Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co., Ltd. received exclusive research, development and commercial rights in Japan for EPI-743 and EPI-589. Edison Pharmaceuticals, Inc. received $35.0 million in an upfront payment and $15.0 million as research and development support fee. In addition, Edison Pharmaceuticals, Inc. also received $10.0 to $35.0 million in milestone payments per indication associated with successful development. After the launch, Edison Pharmaceuticals, Inc. received royalties based on sales amounts and up to $460.0 million in milestone payments in accordance with sales goals.
Many companies are developing Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis drug candidates in different phases. Cytokinetics, Inc., AB Science, F. Hoffman La-Roche AG, FlexPharma, Inc., Orion Corporation, Omeros Corporation, Genervon Biopharmaceuticals, LLC, Edison Pharmaceuticals, Inc., BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, Inc. and various other companies have their Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis drug candidates in different stages of development. Cytokinetics, Inc. has drug candidate in Phase III clinical stage.
Some of the key players developing drugs for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis include FlexPharma, Inc., Orion Corporation, Genervon Biopharmaceuticals, LLC, Orphazyme ApS, Edison Pharmaceuticals, Inc., BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, Inc. and Cytokinetics, Inc.