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This search function provides links to outputs produced by NIHR Innovation Observatory. These are briefing notes or reports on new or repurposed technologies. This search will not return all technologies currently in development as these outputs are produced as required for our stakeholders.

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Drugs

February 2020

Tofersen for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis caused by mutations in the SOD1 gene

Tofersen (BIIB067) is in clinical development for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS – also known as motor neurone disease) caused by mutations in the SOD1 gene (SOD1-ALS). ALS is a progressive disease of the nervous system, where nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary movement gradually deteriorate, causing loss of muscle function and paralysis. ALS is a debilitating and life-threatening disease. The gradual loss of neurons leads to a paralysing effect on muscles used for breathing, which usually leads to death from respiratory failure.

Drugs

February 2020

Daridorexant for Insomnia

Daridorexant is a medicinal product in clinical development for the treatment of adults with insomnia. Insomnia means regularly having problems sleeping, which results in impaired daytime functioning. Insomnia can be categorised according to its duration, into short-term insomnia (lasting less than 4 weeks) and long-term (or persistent) insomnia (lasting 4 weeks or longer).

Drugs

January 2020

Lasmiditan for acute treatment of migraine

Lasmiditan is a medicinal product currently in clinical development for the acute treatment of migraine. A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head. Many people also have symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light or sound. Migraines may be with aura (specific warning signs just before the migraine begins, such as seeing flashing lights), although the most common type is without aura (no specific warning signs).

Drugs

January 2020

Remimazolam for procedural sedation

Remimazolam has completed its main clinical development studies for procedural sedation in adults. Procedural sedation is a technique of administering sedatives or dissociative agents, with or without analgesics, to induce a mental state that allows the patient to tolerate unpleasant diagnostic and therapeutic procedures such as colonoscopy while maintaining cardiorespiratory function. This enables medical procedures to be carried out with the patient benefit of markedly reduced discomfort and no major added risk.

Drugs

July 2019

Lacosamide for primary generalised tonic-clonic seizures – adjunctive therapy

Lacosamide is a medicinal product that is being developed for the treatment of Primary Generalised Tonic-Clonic Seizures (PGTCS). Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that is characterised by an imbalance in the excitation and inhibition of the brain and this imbalance causes a phenomenon known as a seizure. Seizures are brief increases in electrical activity within …

Drugs

July 2019

Ofatumumab for relapsing multiple sclerosis

Ofatumumab is in clinical development for the treatment of relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS). Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease, meaning the body’s own immune cells (which usually fight infection) attack and damage the nerves and brain. This causes a range of issues including problems with walking, balance, memory and thinking as well as pain, tiredness and many other symptoms.

Drugs

May 2019

Fenfluramine hydrochloride for treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome

Fenfluramine belongs to a class of drugs called the selective serotonin releasing agonists which stimulates multiple 5-HT receptor sub-types through the release of serotonin. Fenfluramine may also act on other receptors and these actions may help to reduce the frequency of seizures. When added to other standard anti-epileptic treatments, fenfluramine hydrochloride has shown preliminary evidence of reducing seizure frequency. If licensed, fenfluramine hydrochloride may offer an additional treatment option for patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

Drugs

May 2019

Risdiplam for paediatric and adult patients with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)

Risdiplam is an investigational, oral medicine that is designed to increase SMN protein levels in the central nervous system and throughout the body and thereby reducing the symptoms of the disease. If licensed risdiplam will offer a treatment option for paediatric and adult patients with SMA.

Drugs

May 2019

Nerinetide for acute ischaemic stroke

Nerinetide is an innovative new drug that protects the brain during an acute ischaemic stroke. As a neuroprotectant, nerinetide does not dissolve blood clots, but effectively pauses the toxic chemical reactions triggered by stroke. Treatment with nerinetide is being positioned to be initiated as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms. If licensed, nerinetide would provide critical time to patients with a stroke by stopping the loss of brain cells until further treatment can be administered.

Drugs

February 2019

BIIB092 for progressive supranuclear palsy

BIIB092 is a product that is being investigated for the treatment of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). PSP is a rare condition that is a result of destruction of nerve cells in certain parts of the brain causing problems with balance, movement, vision, speech and swallowing. In patients with PSP, an abnormal form of a protein called tau accumulates in specific areas of the brain by spreading from brain cell to brain cell leading to their damage. Over time, PSP gets progressively worse, with people becoming severely disabled within three to five years of onset. Currently, there is no cure for PSP and no treatment to slow down the disease.

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