We put patients at the center of everything we do.
Strengthening Our Leading GI Portfolio
In June 2023, we expanded our pipeline through the acquisition of VectivBio to include apraglutide, an investigational GLP-2 analog being evaluated as a potential once-weekly treatment for patients with Short Bowel Syndrome with intestinal failure (SBS-IF).
SBS-IF is a severe malabsorptive condition requiring ongoing I.V. administration of fluids and nutrients and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, high economic burden, and an impaired quality of life. A substantial number of SBS-IF patients remain dependent on chronic parenteral support, and there is considerable unmet need in this patient population, which has an estimated addressable population of 18,000 adult patients across the U.S., Europe, and Japan.
We believe in bringing diverse patient voices to the forefront of what we do, and we are committed to reducing healthcare inequities. In 2021, we sponsored a workshop with the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) focused on improving communication between physicians and patients living with GI disease. We also partnered with the digital platform PatientsLikeMe to bolster support for patient advocacy. Our clinical trials are designed to minimize patient burden and improve access to investigational drugs by all demographics.
Clinical Research Data Sharing
We are committed to the ethical use of animals in medical research. All animal studies are carefully reviewed by an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) which is charged with ensuring that a proposed study is essential. We comply with the “Three Rs” (Replace, Reduce and Refine), widely accepted ethical principles that are embedded in the conduct of animal-based science.