Medicines that treat high prevalence conditions offer hope to many as the annual Drugs to Watch List from Clarivate identifies 11 new blockbusters forecasted to launch in 2020

Cortellis identifies new drugs for treating indications for breast cancer, lymphoma, multiple sclerosis (MS) and migraine touted for commercial and clinical success


PHILADELPHIA & LONDON, February 10, 2020: Clarivate Analytics plc (NYSE: CCC; CCC.WS), a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation, today announced  the launch of its annual Cortellis “Drugs to Watch ” list, which identifies 11 new drugs that are scheduled to enter the market in 2020 and predicted to achieve annual sales of $1 billion or more (i.e., blockbuster status) by 2024.

The Cortellis team at Clarivate Analytics has applied its proprietary technologies, tools and techniques, to produce the list of potential drugs for inclusion from drugs that advanced to phase II trials or beyond in early 2020. Each drug was subsequently scrutinized by in-house analysts – researched and evaluated in its individual context by interrogating annual filings, drug pipelines, clinical trials, patents, chemistry, deals, conferences and company announcements and regulatory status.

This year, editors and writers from award-winning life sciences news service BioWorld have examined the various disease landscapes from all angles, analyzed the pricing strategies, explored the science underpinning the new medicines to provide reality checks via the ultimate test: patients and advocacy groups who will seek beneficiary outcomes from the new drugs entering the market in 2020.

The list and corresponding analyses focus on the treatment and possible cure for chronic, progressive and often debilitating diseases and conditions, including drugs which target the indications of breast cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS), migraine and type 2 diabetes.

The drugs listed have been almost universally accelerated in their development by orphan drug status or other designation intended to speed their path to market. There is a high level of expectation of commercial success for each of these drugs – despite the fact that most medicines on the list are entering or are poised to enter markets already crowded with competitors, meaning they’ll face substantial pressures to differentiate themselves. Many are expected to tout improved safety vs. alternative therapies, especially regarding cardiovascular risk, while others will seek to highlight novel mechanisms of action or even curative potential.

More than half of the medicines on the list are biologics, a fast-growing and increasingly expensive segment of prescription medicines for which regulators and payers alike have sought to rein in costs during recent years. Gene and cell therapies – represented on this year’s list by hemophilia A therapy Valrox (Biomarin Pharmaceutical, Inc.) and lisocabtagene maraleucel (Bristol-Myers Squibb Co) for large B-cell lymphoma, respectively – have drawn particular attention for their high costs. If approved, Valrox will be crowned as the first potential curative approach for severe hemophilia A. The one-and-done therapy will be transformative as it corrects the genetic defect underlying the condition and eliminates the need for blood transfusions and FVIII replacement therapy. If, as expected, it takes a leadership position it could become the most expensive drug ever to reach the market with a cost of $2.5 million – $3 million per treatment.

Lynn Yoffee, News Director, BioWorld, “Despite the ongoing tension among scientific innovation, commercial motive and public good, as medical research and the pursuit of innovative medicines continues to accelerate, the success of these drugs will bring hope to many – if they can afford them – and seek to provide the benefits of novel mechanisms of action alongside curative potential.”


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The Cortellis Drugs to Watch 2020:

Name(s) Developer(s) Indication Mechanism of action Route of administration
Rimegepant (BHV-3000) Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Co. Ltd., of New Haven, Conn. Migraine CGRP antagonist Oral and buccal
OMB-157 (ofatumumab sc) Novartis AG, of Basel, Switzerland Multiple sclerosis Anti-CD20 (MAb) Subcutaneous injection
Ozanimod (RPC-1063) Celgene Corp., of Summit, N.J. (subsidiary of Bristol-Myers Squibb) Multiple sclerosis S1P1 and S1P5 receptor agonist Oral
Vadadustat Akebia Therapeutics Inc., of Cambridge, Mass., Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America Inc., of Jersey City, N.J., Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., of Tokyo Anemia due to chronic kidney disease HIF-PH inhibitor Oral
Valrox (valoctocogene roxaparvovec; BMN-270) Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc., of San Rafael, Calif. Hemophilia A FVIII gene therapy (via AAV5 vector) Intravenous infusion
Filgotinib (GLPG-0634) Gilead Sciences Inc., of Foster City, Calif., NV, of Mechelen, Belgium Rheumatoid arthritis JAK1 selective inhibitor Oral
Rybelsus (semaglutide, oral, once daily) Novo Nordisk A/S, of Bagsvaerd, Denmar Type 2 diabetes mellitus Long-acting GLP-1 analog Oral
Inclisiran (ALN-PCSsc; ALN-60212; PCSK9si) The Medicines Co., of Parsippany, N.J. (subsidiary of Novartis) Hypercholesterolemia PCSK9 small interference RNA (siRNA) Subcutaneous injection
Sacituzumab govitecan (IMMU-132) Immunomedics Inc., of Morris Plains, N.J., Medicine Inc., of New York Metastatic triple-negative breast cancer Anti-TROP2-SN38 ADC Intravenous infusion
Enhertu (trastuzumab deruxtecan; DS-8201a) Daiichi Sankyo Co. Ltd., of Tokyo, Astrazeneca plc, Cambridge, U.K. Unresectable or metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer Anti-HER2-exatecan ADC Intravenous infusion
Liso-cel (JCAR-017; lisocabtagene maraleucel) Celgene , of Summit, N.J. (subsidiary of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., of Princeton, N.J.) Large B-cell lymphoma Anti-CD19 CAR T-cell therapy Intravenous infusion



Methodology for the Cortellis Drugs to Watch 2020
Data for this list were compiled from Cortellis, the suite of life sciences intelligence solutions from Clarivate Analytics. Cortellis includes the broadest and deepest range of sources of intelligence across the R&D lifecycle, including annual filings, drug pipelines, clinical trials, patents, chemistry, deals, conferences and company announcements. Drugs in phase 2 or phase 3 trials, at pre-registration or registration stage, or already launched early in 2020 were selected for analysis; drugs launched prior to 2020 were excluded. The dataset was then filtered for drugs that had total forecast sales of $1 billion or more in 2024. This filtering process produced a list of drugs which was then manually reviewed by our in-house experts and consultants to determine whether these products were likely to go to market in 2020, based on factors such as the company’s expected approval or launch dates. Following this manual review, 11 drugs to watch for 2020 were determined. Each drug was subsequently researched and evaluated in its individual context, including clinical trial results, regulatory status, the market for each drug (including analysis of competitor drugs) and regulatory designations (e.g., Orphan Drug, Priority Review). Sources used included SWOT analyses compiled by Cortellis editors, biopharma company press releases and other publications (e.g., annual filings), peer-reviewed publications and Cortellis sales data (sourced from Refinitiv I/B/E/S).   Data extraction – January 20th, 2020.

About Cortellis
Cortellis™, a Clarivate Analytics solution, gives life to science by unlocking the hidden insights in data by curating broad and deep sources of intelligence to enable precise, actionable answers to specific questions across the R&D lifecycle — from discovery and clinical development through regulatory submission and commercialization. By supporting data-driven decisions, Cortellis helps pharmaceutical companies, biotech and medical device/diagnostic firms accelerate innovation.

About BioWorld

BioWorld’s suite of news services delivers actionable intelligence on the most innovative therapeutics and medical technologies in development. With writers and editors stationed around the globe, BioWorld reports the breaking news – and provides key perspective on hundreds of therapeutics and devices in development, the companies behind those candidates, the business development transactions that evolve the markets, and the regulatory hurdles that both challenge and guard the processes.


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