Alkermes licenses Medifusion technology to develop TNF receptor-Fc fusion protein

December 31, 2015

ALKS 6931, the lead candidate from the Medifusion platform, is a fusion protein of a soluble TNF receptor with the Fc component of human immunoglobulin G1. In vivo studies have shown a significantly extended half-life of ALKS 6931 beyond the half-life of etanercept. Alkermes expects to file an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) for ALKS 6931 in 2010.

???We believe this technology platform for fusion protein optimization could have a major impact on people required to take injections on a frequent basis, and that Alkermes is the ideal collaborator as the clear leader in the development of novel long-acting therapeutics,??? commented John Knopf, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Acceleron. ???Acceleron has advanced three internally discovered fusion proteins into human clinical trials, each of which is based on our knowledge and expertise in fusion protein optimization. We believe Alkermes will be a great partner to generate value from this promising Fc fusion protein platform.???