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Is This Biogen's Next Billion-Dollar Blockbuster?
















Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB) recently announced that its next-generation multiple sclerosis drug Zinbryta has been submitted for FDA approval. The submission clears the way for an FDA decision early next year, and potentially sets the stage for Biogen to strengthen its dominance as a leader in multiple sclerosis treatment.

Targeting a big market
Biogen is the planet's biggest manufacturer of therapies used to treat multiple sclerosis, a disease that affects 2.5 million people globally, including 400,000 people in the United States. In multiple sclerosis patients, the immune system incorrectly attacks myelin, a fatty substance that protects nerves, as well as nerve fibers. Those attacks cause scar tissue that can interfere with messages being sent to or from the central nervous system, resulting in painful and debilitating symptoms.


There is no cure for multiple sclerosis, and because the disease can significantly impact a patient's day-to-day living, patients are typically prescribed medication that is taken chronically during their lifetime. Often, the complexity of those medications means that they carry higher price tags than drugs used for other diseases. As a result, the multiple sclerosis market is worth $17 billion annually.
According to a leading pharmacy benefit manager, multiple sclerosis is the second most costly specialty drug indication, and spending on MS therapies climbed 12.9% in 2014.

Protecting its moat
Since its approval in 1996, Biogen's Avonex has been one of the most widely prescribed therapies used to help reduce the number of remissions an MS patient suffers each year. However, new medications taken orally, rather than injected, have recently begun to eat away at Avonex's market share.


In order to outmaneuver competitors, Biogen has responded by launching Tecfidera, its own oral multiple sclerosis therapy, and Plegridy, a longer-lasting formulation of Avonex. And now, Biogen is co-developing Zinbryta.

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