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Apr 23
UCB to Present 12 Abstracts on Bimekizumab at AAD VMX 2021

Brussels, Belgium – April 23, 2021, 16:15 CEST – UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced that 12 abstracts on bimekizumab, an investigational IL-17A and IL-17F inhibitor, in the treatment of adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, will be presented at the American Academy of Dermatology Virtual Meeting Experience 2021 (AAD VMX), April 23 - 25, 2021. This will include 11 e-posters and an oral presentation of late-breaking data from the Phase 3b BE RADIANT study evaluating the efficacy and safety of bimekizumab compared to secukinumab in the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. The safety and efficacy of bimekizumab have not been established and it is not approved by any regulatory authority worldwide.

“We are proud to join the dermatology community at AAD VMX 2021 to share the latest data from the clinical development program of bimekizumab in psoriasis. The breadth of bimekizumab data being shared across 12 abstracts reinforces our commitment to advancing research and science in psoriasis. It is a privilege to share these findings and we look forward to engaging with the dermatology community in our efforts to address the unmet needs of people with psoriasis,” said Emmanuel Caeymaex, Executive Vice President, Immunology Solutions and Head of U.S., UCB. 

Data being shared at AAD VMX include the presentation of pooled results from three Phase 3 trials (BE VIVID, BE READY and BE SURE), that compared the efficacy and safety of bimekizumab to ustekinumab, placebo and adalimumab, respectively, in adult patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. 

Additional data from BE SURE to be presented include an assessment of bimekizumab efficacy in patients receiving continuous bimekizumab treatment or switching from adalimumab and the relationship between treatment efficacy and quality of life in patients receiving bimekizumab or adalimumab. 

Two other bimekizumab abstracts will include the first disclosure of data from the novel, validated Psoriasis Symptoms and Impacts Measure (P-SIM) from the BE VIVID and BE SURE studies.

UCB data presentations at AAD VMX 2021:

Bimekizumab Late-Breaking Oral Presentation:

  • Bimekizumab efficacy and safety versus secukinumab in patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis: Results from a multicenter, randomized, double-blinded, active comparator-controlled phase 3b trial (BE RADIANT), K. Reich, R. Warren, M. Lebwohl, M. Gooderham, B. Strober, R. Langley, C. Paul, L. Peterson, V. Vanvoorden, C. Madden, A. Blauvelt (abstract #29010)

Bimekizumab e-Posters:

  • Bimekizumab response maintenance up to 1 year in patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis: Pooled results from three phase 3 trials, A. Blauvelt, Y. Tada, L. Iversen, U. Mrowietz, M. Lebwohl, M. Wang, V. Vanvoorden, E. Cullen, F. Staelens, K. Papp (abstract #27383)
  • Bimekizumab efficacy for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis across patient subgroups: Pooled results from three multicenter, randomized, double-blinded phase 3 trials, B. Strober, R. Warren, P. Foley, M. Gooderham, D. Thaçi, E. Cullen, C. Cioffi, L. Peterson, C. Madden, A. Armstrong (abstract #25934)
  • Speed of clinical response and improvement in psoriasis with bimekizumab: Pooled results from the multicenter, randomized, double-blinded phase 3 BE VIVID, BE READY and BE SURE trials, M. Lebwohl, P. Hampton, A. Morita, K. Reich, J. Lambert, E. Cullen, C. Cioffi, M. Wang, C. Madden, R. Langley (abstract #27376)
  • Bimekizumab efficacy in patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis receiving continuous bimekizumab or switching from adalimumab: Results from the phase 3 BE SURE trial, B. Strober, A. Pinter, R. Warren, A. Blauvelt, M. Sebastian, D. Cuyper, V. Vanvoorden, M. Wang, C. Madden, M. Gooderham (abstract #27374)
  • Bimekizumab for the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis of the scalp: Post-hoc analysis from the BE SURE phase 3 trial, K. Reich, J. Merola, B. Elewski, K. Papp, L. Puig, P. Rich, C. Cioffi, E. Cullen, L. Peterson, A. Gottlieb (abstract #25800)
  • Bimekizumab versus adalimumab in plaque psoriasis: Higher efficacy translates into improvements in quality of life in the BE SURE multicenter, randomized, double-blinded phase 3 trial, A. Blauvelt, D. Thaci, K. Papp, J. Merola, E. Cullen, V. Vanvoorden, V. Ciaravino, L. Peterson, K. Gordon (abstract #27464)
  • Psoriasis Symptoms and Impacts Measure (P-SIM) responses from the BE SURE bimekizumab in moderate to severe plaque psoriasis phase 3 trial, R. Warren, M. Augustin, A. Gottlieb, K. Duffin, V. Ciaravino, C. Cioffi, L. Peterson, A. Blauvelt (abstract #27373)
  • Psoriasis Symptoms and Impacts Measure (P-SIM) responses from the BE VIVID bimekizumab in moderate to severe plaque psoriasis phase 3 trial, R. Warren, R. Langley, A. Asahina, M. Augustin, J. Merola, A. Gottlieb, V. Ciaravino, C. Cioffi, L. Peterson, M. Lebwohl (abstract #27368)
  • Bimekizumab efficacy in patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis during the randomized withdrawal and retreatment phase of BE READY, a phase 3 trial, A. Blauvelt, J. Wu, K. Reich, M. Gooderham, M. Lebwohl, K. White, N. Cross, C. Cioffi, K. Papp (abstract #27380)
  • Bimekizumab short-term and longer-term anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation/behavior in patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis: Analysis of pooled data from eight phase 2/3 clinical trials, B. Strober, K. Papp, A. Blauvelt, M. Lebwohl, J. Wu, D. Deherder, C. Madden, K. Wixted, M. Wang, M. Augustin (abstract #27505)
  • Bimekizumab short-term and longer-term infection rates in patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis: Analysis of pooled data from eight phase 2/3 clinical trials, K. Reich, Y. Okubo, K. Gordon, A. Blauvelt, A. Armstrong, D. Cuyper, C. Cioffi, L. Peterson, M. Lebwohl (abstract #27468)


About Bimekizumab
Bimekizumab is an investigational humanized monoclonal IgG1 antibody that selectively and directly inhibits both IL-17A and IL-17F, two key cytokines driving inflammatory processes.1 IL-17F has overlapping biology with IL-17A and drives inflammation independently of IL-17A. 2,3,4,5,6  Selective inhibition of IL-17F in addition to IL-17A suppresses inflammation to a greater extent than IL-17A inhibition alone.5,6 The safety and efficacy of bimekizumab are being evaluated across multiple disease states as part of a robust clinical program. 

About Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a common, chronic inflammatory disease with primary involvement of the skin. This skin condition affects men and women of all ages and ethnicities.7 Psoriasis signs and symptoms can vary but may include red patches of skin covered with silvery scales; dry, cracked skin that may bleed; and thickened, pitted or ridged nails.8 

Approximately 125 million people worldwide are living with psoriasis, nearly three percent of the world’s population.9,10 Unmet needs remain in the treatment of psoriasis. A population-based survey identified that approximately 30 percent of psoriasis patients reported that their primary goals of therapy, including keeping symptoms under control, reducing itching and decreasing flaking, were not met with their current treatment.  Psoriasis has a considerable psychological and quality-of-life impact, potentially affecting work, recreation, relationships, sexual functioning, family and social life.12

About UCB 
UCB, Brussels, Belgium (www.ucb.com) is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines and solutions to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases of the immune system or of the central nervous system. With approximately 8,400 people in nearly 40 countries, the company generated revenue of €5.3 billion in 2020. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB). Follow us on Twitter: @UCB_news.

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Corporate Communications
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Media Relations, UCB
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laurent.schots@ucb.com 

Investor Relations
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Investor Relations, UCB
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antje.witte@ucb.com 

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Investor Relations, UCB
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isabelle.ghellynck@ucb.com 

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Brand Communications, UCB
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