Understanding the promise of Albrioza: Q&A with the CEO of ALS Society of Canada

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) remains a bewildering disease. Although it is rare, it is not uncommon. The lifetime risk of developing the condition is roughly 1 in 300 by age 85. 

The heterogeneity of the disease is also unique, said Tammy Pighin Moore, CEO of the ALS Society of Canada. “About 5% to 10% of the people diagnosed with ALS have a familial or hereditary connection to it that we can easily understand because of the genes implicated,” Moore said.  

Symptoms can begin in the limb (known as ‘limb onset’) or first affect speech or swallowing (known as ‘bulbar onset’). Some patients with the disease die months after diagnosis, while others may live for decades. For example, the famed physicist Stephen Hawking lived with the condition for 55 years. The average life expectancy after diagnosis is two to five years. 

Health Canada recently became the first country to approve the ALS drug Albrioza (AMX0035) from…

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Amylyx notches first global approval for oral ALS therapy Albrioza

Amylyx Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:AML) has received Health Canada approval for Albrioza (AMX0035).

The FDA is anticipated to decide on Albrioza, which consists of sodium phenylbutyrate and ursodoxicoltaurine, by September 29, 2022.

Amylyx is the first new therapy for ALS to win approval in Canada since 2018.

The approval also is the first global regulatory approval for the drug.

Health Canada decided to greenlight the drug after reviewing clinical trial data showing that it slowed disease progression and loss of functional decline in ALS patients.

“We are excited with Health Canada’s decision to approve Albrioza with conditions. Albrioza is a therapy that demonstrated in our CENTAUR trial a statistically significant and clinically meaningful impact on function, alone or in addition to existing ALS therapies,” said Justin Klee and Joshua Cohen, co-CEOs and co-founders of Amylyx, in prepared remarks. “We are grateful to the people who participat…

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