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Vertex Licenses VX-787 to Janssen Pharmaceuticals for the Treatment of Influenza
-VX-787 is an investigational medicine discovered by Vertex that is designed to directly inhibit replication of the influenza virus-
"With a deep history in developing new medicines for viral infections
and diseases, Janssen is well-positioned to advance the global
development of VX-787 for the treatment of influenza," said
About the Collaboration
Under the terms of the collaboration, Janssen will have full global
development and commercialization rights to VX-787. Vertex will receive
VX-787 is an investigational medicine that is designed to directly inhibit replication of influenza A, including recent H1 (pandemic) and H5 (avian) influenza strains, based on in-vitro data. VX-787's mechanism represents a new class of potential medicines for the treatment of influenza, distinct from neuraminidase inhibitors, the current standard of care for the treatment of influenza. VX-787 is intended to provide a rapid onset of action and an expanded treatment window.
In a Phase 2a influenza challenge study, statistically significant
improvements in viral and clinical measurements of influenza infection
were observed after treatment with VX-787. The study met its primary
endpoint and showed a statistically significant decrease in the amount
of virus in nasal secretions (viral shedding) over the seven-day study
period. In addition, at the highest dosing regimen evaluated in the
study, there was a statistically significant reduction in the severity
and duration of influenza-like symptoms. In this study, VX-787 was
generally well-tolerated, with no adverse events leading to
discontinuation. Those who took part in the study volunteered to be
experimentally exposed to an attenuated form of live H3N2 influenza A
virus. H3N2 is a common type of influenza virus and was the most common
type observed in the 2012/2013 influenza season in
VX-787 was discovered by Vertex scientists.
Often called "the flu," seasonal influenza is caused by influenza
viruses, which infect the respiratory tract.1 The flu can
result in seasonal epidemics2 and can produce severe disease
and high mortality in certain populations, such as the elderly.3
Each year, on average 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu4
resulting in more than 200,000 flu-related hospitalizations and 36,000
deaths.5 The overall national economic burden of
influenza-attributable illness for adults is
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