Amylyx and ALS, Continued ADC Excitement, Dire Drug Shortages

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The past two weeks have seen Amylyx lose its only marketed product but receive numerous accolades for its decision to voluntarily withdraw Relyvrio after a failed Phase III trial in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Analysts and insiders spoke with BioSpace this week about the company's future and a possible regulatory precedent for other drugs approved based on a single trial.

Elsewhere, antibody-drug conjugates continue to steal the show in oncology. At the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meeting, Merck and Kelun-Biotech presented Phase I/II data showing that their TROP2-directed ADC elicited promising disease control and a potential survival benefit in gastric cancer patients, and Bristol Myers Squibb–backed TORL netted $158 million in an oversubscribed Series B to advance its pipeline of novel ADC candidates.

Finally, drug shortages in the U.S. have reached an all-time high, according to the latest data from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, with both basic and life-saving products on the list.

Greg Slabodkin is the News Editor at BioSpace. You can reach him at greg.slabodkin@biospace.com. Follow him on LinkedIn.     

Heather McKenzie is a senior editor at BioSpace. You can reach her at heather.mckenzie@biospace.com. Follow her on LinkedIn.

Tyler Patchen is a staff writer at BioSpace. You can reach him at tyler.patchen@biospace.com. Follow him on LinkedIn.


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