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Atacicept - Merck Serono

Drug Profile

Atacicept - Merck Serono

Alternative Names: Anti-Blys/anti-APRIL fusion protein; BLyS/APRIL-heterotrimers; TACI-Ig

Latest Information Update: 04 Apr 2019

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At a glance

  • Originator ZymoGenetics
  • Developer EMD Serono; Merck Serono; ZymoGenetics
  • Class Antineoplastics; Antirheumatics; Recombinant fusion proteins; Urologics
  • Mechanism of Action B cell activating factor inhibitors; Tumour necrosis factor ligand superfamily member 13 inhibitors
  • Orphan Drug Status

    Orphan designation is assigned by a regulatory body to encourage companies to develop drugs for rare diseases.

  • New Molecular Entity Yes

Highest Development Phases

  • Phase II/III Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Phase II IgA nephropathy
  • Discontinued Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia; Lupus nephritis; Multiple myeloma; Multiple sclerosis; Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; Rheumatoid arthritis

Most Recent Events

  • 19 Mar 2019 EMD Serono terminates a phase IIb extension trial due to shortage of drug supply for Systemic lupus erythematosus in USA, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, South Korea, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa (SC) (NCT02070978)
  • 19 Oct 2018 Pooled safety data from 17 clinical studies presented at the 80th American College of Rheumatology and the 82nd American College of Rheumatology and the 52nd Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Annual Scientific Meeting (ACR/ARHP-2018)
  • 19 Oct 2018 Pharmacokinetics data from murine models, phase II/III trial (APRIL-SLE) and phase IIb ADDRESS II trial in Systemic lupus erythematosus presented at the 82nd American College of Rheumatology and the 52nd Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Annual Scientific Meeting (ACR/ARHP-2018)
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