Novartis collaborates with DNDi for visceral leishmaniasis drug

Pharmaceutical Technology | February 25, 2020

Swiss pharma giant Novartis and non-profit research and development organisation Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) have signed a collaboration and license agreement to jointly develop LXE408 for visceral leishmaniasis. LXE408 is an oral treatment for this parasitic disease, which is transmitted by the bite of a sand fly, and can be life-threatening if left untreated. The drug was initially discovered by Novartis with the financial backing of the Wellcome Trust. DNDi executive director Dr Bernard Pécoul said: “Existing treatments for visceral leishmaniasis are simply not good enough. They are too long, increasingly ineffective, and can be toxic, painful, and costly. “Our hope is to radically transform this by developing new oral drugs that are affordable, safe, effective, easy to take, and can also be adapted to meet the treatment needs of patients in different countries.”

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When it comes to clinical supplies, the journey is every bit as important as the destination. And these days, the journey of clinical supplies to investigator sites is becoming costlier and more complex, much like the global trials for which the materials are bound. The price of failure is high. A supply shortfall, or the inability to deliver needed supplies to clinical sites, can delay the start of a trial or cause an ongoing one to grind to a halt. Supply shortages can imperil an entire development program and prevent study patients from receiving the drugs a sponsor has committed to provide.

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Astellas Pharma Inc. | September 20, 2022

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