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New Roche data at 2021 AAN highlight impact and breadth of expanding neuroscience portfolio

  • EVRYSDI 2-year FIREFISH Part 2 data show improvement in motor function in infants with Type 1 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
  • OCREVUS data show its consistent benefit on slowing disease progression in relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS) and primary progressive MS (PPMS)
  • Data for ENSPRYNG in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) reinforce safety and efficacy, including in patients with concomitant autoimmune diseases (CAIDs)
  • Data for investigational MS medicine fenebrutinib support its safety profile and high potency
  • Additional presentations on investigational programmes, including Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease, help advance scientific understanding of neurological disorders

Basel, 8 April 2021 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced that new data for its approved and investigational medicines for the treatment of neurological disorders will be presented at the 73rd American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting being held virtually April 17-22, 2021. These new data include 23 abstracts highlighting the expanding Roche neuroscience portfolio across six therapeutic areas, including EVRYSDI™ (risdiplam) for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), OCREVUS® (ocrelizumab) in relapsing and primary progressive multiple sclerosis (RMS and PPMS), investigational Bruton’s tyrosine kinase inhibitor (BTKi) fenebrutinib in Phase III trials for RMS and PPMS, ENSPRYNG® (satralizumab) in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), and data from investigational programmes in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Huntington’s disease (HD).

“Following U.S. FDA and global approvals for our groundbreaking therapies in SMA and NMOSD, Roche’s data at AAN reflect our continued commitment to meaningful therapeutic progress for people living with neurological disorders,” said Levi Garraway, M.D., Ph.D., Roche’s Chief Medical Officer and Head of Global Product Development. “We are proud to collaborate with patient advocates, academia, industry and the broader healthcare community through cutting-edge research and partnerships to advance the scientific understanding of neurological conditions, which have historically been among the hardest disorders to study, diagnose and treat.”

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Roche will present data from five studies from the EVRYSDI clinical development programme, which was designed to represent a broad spectrum of people living with SMA. The programme includes infants aged 2 months to adults aged 60 years with varying degrees of disability, including people with scoliosis or joint contractures, and those previously treated for SMA with another medication.

New 2-year findings from Part 2 of the Phase II/III FIREFISH trial show longer-term efficacy and safety of EVRYSDI in infants with symptomatic Type 1 SMA treated with EVRYSDI. This includes the number of infants able to sit without support for 5 and 30 seconds, a key motor milestone not normally seen in the natural course of the disease, as well as data on event-free survival and reduced hospitalisations.

Additional data being presented across EVRYSDI’s broad clinical trial programme include updated data from the JEWELFISH trial evaluating the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of EVRYSDI in patients previously treated with SMA targeting therapies, as well as updated pooled safety analyses from the FIREFISH, SUNFISH, RAINBOWFISH and JEWELFISH trials.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Roche will be presenting data from its MS Franchise, including five presentations covering OCREVUS and results from studies on the investigational BTKi fenebrutinib. Real-world data continue to show the highest persistence and adherence to OCREVUS, the only MS therapy with a twice-yearly dosing schedule, over one year compared to other disease-modifying therapies (DMTs). Additionally, a post-hoc analysis of the ORATORIO Phase III PPMS study will be presented, which suggest OCREVUS significantly slowed atrophied T2-lesion volume accumulation, a subclinical measure of disease progression. Furthermore, interim analysis of the open-label Phase IIIb ENSEMBLE study shows OCREVUS treatment provided consistent benefit over one year in patients who were recently diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) and had not received prior DMT.

Roche is continuing to advance the science in MS and is exploring the investigational medicine fenebrutinib. Data from fenebrutinib, a highly selective, non-covalent, reversible oral BTKi, support its safety profile in several autoimmune diseases and high potency, which is encouraging for the ongoing Phase III studies in RMS and PPMS. Fenebrutinib is a dual inhibitor of both B-cell and myeloid lineage-cell activation, which may offer a novel approach to slowing disease progression by targeting both acute and chronic inflammatory aspects of MS.

Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder (NMOSD)
Roche will present five sets of data on adults living with NMOSD. Data from the Phase III SAkuraStar and SAkuraSky clinical trials reinforce the favourable safety and efficacy of this therapy for those living with NMOSD, including patients with concomitant autoimmune diseases (CAIDs).

New longitudinal, observational data from the CIRCLES study, conducted in collaboration with the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation, a patient advocacy organisation dedicated to funding research on NMOSD epidemiology, pathogenesis and treatment, will also be presented. The CIRCLES study explored factors that influence treatment change in people living with NMOSD, including those who have experienced only one relapse.

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)
Roche will present data on the increased use of home nursing capabilities in the Phase III GRADUATE studies of gantenerumab during the COVID-19 pandemic, which enabled home-bound trial participants to continue dosing to maintain medicine exposure.

Gantenerumab is a late-stage investigational anti-beta-amyloid antibody being evaluated in two Phase III studies (GRADUATE I and II), which are the only late-stage AD clinical trials to offer subcutaneous administration. We expect data from the studies in 2022.

Huntington’s Disease (HD)
Roche will also present an analysis of the Enroll-HD study and REGISTRY database, which will highlight the role that genetic factors and medical history may have in predicting the rate of disease progression in HD. These data may help advance the understanding of HD and inform future treatment approaches for this rare, neurological condition.

The full range of data from Roche’s clinical development programme in neuroscience being presented at 2021 AAN include:

Medicine and/or Therapeutic Area Abstract Title

Presentation Number (type), Session Title
Presentation Date
for Spinal Muscular Atrophy
FIREFISH Part 2: 24-month Efficacy and Safety of Risdiplam in Infants with Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) P6.062
P6: Neuromuscular Disorders and Clinical Trials
SUNFISH Part 2: 24-month Efficacy and Safety of Risdiplam in Patients with Type 2 or Non-ambulant Type 3 Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) P6.060
P6: Neuromuscular Disorders and Clinical Trials
JEWELFISH: Safety and Pharmacodynamic Data in Non-naïve Patients with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Receiving Treatment with Risdiplam P6.064
P6: Neuromuscular Disorders and Clinical Trials
Pooled Safety Data from the Risdiplam Clinical Trial Development Program P6.067
P6: Neuromuscular Disorders and Clinical Trials
RAINBOWFISH: A study of Risdiplam in Newborns with Presymptomatic Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) P6.076
P6: Neuromuscular Disorders and Clinical Trials 2
OCREVUS (ocrelizumab) for Multiple Sclerosis  B-Cell Subset Depletion Following Ocrelizumab Treatment in Patients with Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis P15.206
P15: MS Therapeutics MOA and Safety   
Evolution of Lesions that Shrink or Disappear into Cerebrospinal Fluid (Atrophied T2 Lesion Volume) in Primary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: Results from the Phase III ORATORIO Study P15.151
P15: MS Neuroimaging  
Recently Diagnosed Early-Stage RRMS: NEDA, ARR, Disability Progression, Serum Neurofilament and Safety: 1-Year Interim Data from the Ocrelizumab Phase IIIb ENSEMBLE Study P15.099
P15: MS Clinical Trials and Therapeutics   
Adherence and Persistence to Disease-modifying Therapies for Multiple Sclerosis and Their Impact on Clinical and Economic Outcomes in a U.S. Claims Database
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