AbbVie to Advance Once-Daily ABT-494 to Phase 3 in Rheumatoid Arthritis by Year-End

- AbbVie to opt-out of collaboration with Galapagos on filgotinib

Sep 25, 2015, 07:13 ET from AbbVie

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Sept. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced that it will advance ABT-494, its internally developed investigational selective JAK1 inhibitor, to Phase 3 studies in rheumatoid arthritis. Following a thorough review of available data, AbbVie will not exercise its right to in-license the Galapagos JAK1 inhibitor, filgotinib.

"We believe ABT-494 has the potential to become a best-in-class therapy for patients," said Michael Severino, M.D., executive vice president, research and development and chief scientific officer, AbbVie. "In our view, ABT-494 also offers a faster path to Phase 3 development with less uncertainty."

Per the terms of the agreement with Galapagos, all rights to filgotinib will revert solely to Galapagos.

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