Shares of Biogen Inc. and Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc. rallied premarket after the companies reported positive results from a late-stage trial of an investigational treatment for later-onset spinal muscular atrophy.
The companies said the trial met its primary endpoint at the interim analysis of Cherish, a study evaluating Spinraza, or nusinersen. The analysis "found that children receiving Spinraza experienced a highly statistically significant improvement in motor function compared to those who did not receive treatment," the companies said in a statement.
Biogen is preparing for the launch of the treatment in the U.S., possibly as early as year-end or the first quarter of 2017. Biogen shares rose above 5% today, and looks like they could rise even more after having fallen recently: