Lilly Redirects Study for Alzheimer’s Drug
Eli Lilly and Company has notified the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) of its intent to end its contract with the university for the management of the Anti-amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s disease (A4) study. The A4 study is a clinical trial testing solanezumab, a Lilly monoclonal antibody, in the preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s disease in older individuals who have evidence of amyloid in their brains on a PET scan, but do not show symptoms of memory impairment. A4 has been managed by the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) at UCSD. Lilly, the National Institutes of Health, and multiple philanthropic organizations fund the study.
Dr. Paul Aisen, who had been director of ADCS, and many members of the ADCS staff left UCSD this summer to join the University of Southern California. Both universities are now engaged in legal proceedings related to this matter. “During this period, Lilly has been carefully evaluating the best course to ensure the successful continuation and eventual completion of the A4 study,” said Lilly in a statement. “From the outset of this unfortunate dispute, Lilly has publicly stated that the company’s objectives are to maintain the safety of the A4 participants, ensure scientific and data integrity for the study, and maintain our obligations as the regulatory sponsor. After a thorough evaluation of the ongoing situation, Lilly has determined that it is in the best interest of the A4 study and its participants to end UCSD’s management of the study. The A4 study will continue uninterrupted as the company initiates discussions with the University of Southern California about transitioning management and oversight of the study while the company will simultaneously work with UCSD on a transition plan.”
Solanezumab is Lilly’s Phase 3 monoclonal antibody being studied as a potential therapy for patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease. Solanezumab binds to soluble monomeric forms of amyloid-beta after it is produced, allowing it to be cleared before it clumps together to form beta-amyloid plaques.
Source: Eli Lilly and Company