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Discover the Frontier Pharma: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus - Identifying and Commercializing First-in-Class Innovation

Press release   •   Sep 02, 2016 03:27 EDT

The Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) drug market is currently under-served by non-generic, targeted therapies. Whilst the only Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved biologic, Benlysta (belimumab), generated sales of $111m in 2012, there is little evidence that the drug’s performance is significantly superior to other B-cell targeted therapies such as Rituxan (rituximab), which is often used off-license to treat refractory SLE patients. Therapeutics entering the market therefore do not face the staggering level of competition from currently marketed programs as in other markets such as the Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) market. Emerging market entrants that appear to offer significant therapeutic benefits are likely to cause dramatic changes to the market landscape.

A growing understanding of the signaling pathways underlying SLE pathophysiology including, but not limited to, B cells, T cells and intracellular kinases, is translating into a higher number of novel, and more importantly, first-in-class targeted therapeutics entering the developmental pipeline. In particular, a high level of investment in the development of cytokine-blocking strategies is evident, as therapies targeting the interferon pathway are relatively common in the pipeline.

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Scope

  • The report analyzes the market for SLE therapeutics and the pipeline products in that market, with particular emphasis on first-in-class programs.
  • A brief introduction to SLE, including symptoms, pathophysiology, disease scoring indices and overview of pharmacotherapy
  • In-depth analysis and literature review on marketed products, including analyses of their safety, efficacy, treatment patterns and strengths/weaknesses, based on published clinical trials, as well as a reference table of drugs in terms of safety and efficacy
  • Overview of how innovation products are contributing to the market for SLE therapeutics
  • Comprehensive review of the pipeline for first-in-class therapies, which is analyzed on the basis of phase distribution, molecule types and molecular targets, as well asadministration routes
  • The changing molecular target landscape between market and pipeline, and, in particular, focal points of innovation
  • First-in-class molecular targets, highlighting early-stage programs for which clinical utility has yet to be evaluated, as well as an in-depth literature review on novel molecular targets

Reasons to buy

  • The report will assist the business development strategies of companies that wish to develop novel therapies with improved benefits to existing treatments. It will also be of interest to companies seeking to expand their pipeline portfolio through licensing agreements and co-development deals. Primarily, the report will allow clients to identify and understand market opportunities and the emerging competitive environment. It will also allow you to
  • Understand the SLE pipeline and the factors which indicate that it is becoming more innovative
  • Understand the overall focal shifts in therapeutic molecular targets for the treatment of SLE
  • Understand the distribution of the pipeline programs by phase of development, molecule type and molecular target
  • Identify the list of first-in-class programs that are potentially open to deal-making opportunities
  • Understand the first-in-class developmental programs and gauge the current clinical effectiveness based on animal models

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Table of Contents

1 Table of Contents

1 Table of Contents 4

1.1 List of Tables 5

1.2 List of Figures 6

2 Introduction 7

2.1 The Case for Innovation in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 7

2.2 Growing Opportunities for Biologic Products 7

2.3 Diversification of Molecular Targets 7

2.4 Innovative First-in-Class Product Developments Remain Attractive 8

2.5 Changes in the Clinical and Commercial Environment to be More Favorable to Products Targeting Niche Patient Populations and Indications 8

2.6 Sustained Innovation 8

3 Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 9

3.1 Disease Overview 9

3.2 Epidemiology 9

3.3 Disease Pathophysiology 10

3.4 Disease Symptoms 10

3.5 Environmental and Genetic Predisposition 11

3.6 Diagnosis 11

3.7 Disease Severity Assessments 12

3.7.1 PGA 12

3.7.2 SLEDAI 12

3.7.3 BILAG 13

3.7.4 SRI 13

3.8 Lupus Nephritis 13

3.9 Pharmacotherapy Algorithm 14

4 Clinical and Commercial Landscape 16

4.1 Corticosteroids 16

4.2 Antimalarials 16

4.3 Cytotoxic Chemotherapy 16

4.4 Biologics 17

4.4.1 Benlysta (belimumab) 17

4.5 Comparative Strengths and Weaknesses of Traditional Therapeutics 19

4.5.1 Corticosteroids vs Cytotoxic Therapeutics 19

4.5.2 Comparison of Immunosuppressants: Cyclosporine vs Azathioprine or Cyclophosphamide 21

4.5.3 Cyclophosphamide vs Azathioprine 23

4.5.4 Cyclophosphamide vs Mycophenolate Mofetil 23

4.5.5 Mycophenolate Mofetil vs Azathioprine 23

4.5.6 Biologics vs Immunosuppressants 25

4.6 Current Unmet Needs in the Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Market 27

5 Assessment of Pipeline Product Innovation 28

5.1 Overview of Pipeline Products for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 28

5.2 Frequently Targeted Molecular Target Families 29

5.3 Comparative Distribution of Programs between the Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Market and Pipeline by Therapeutic Target Family 30

5.4 Comparative Efficacy and Safety of Pipeline Programs 31

5.5 Comparative Distribution of Programs with First-in-Class and Established Targets 33

5.6 Pipeline Programs Targeting Established Molecular Targets 35

5.7 First-in-class Pipeline Programs with Novel Molecular Targets 37

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