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'Novel Anti-IL-6 Antibody for Rheumatoid Arthritis from WuXi–MedImmune Joint Venture Receives Clinical Trial Permit (CTP) from CFDA

January 18, 2017 / Rebecca Einhorn

WuXi AppTec, a global R&D enabling platform company, and MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, announced today that an Investigational New Drug (IND) application for WBP216 (MEDI5117), a novel anti-IL-6 antibody for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other autoimmune disorders—developed by their joint venture, WuXi MedImmune—has been approved by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) as a class I biologic to enter Phase 1 clinical trials in China.