Certolizumab pegol is a Monoclonal Antibody owned by UCB, and is involved in 111 clinical trials, of which 98 were completed, and 13 are ongoing.

Certolizumab pegol (Cimzia) is a Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha (TNF-a) Inhibitor. It is an immunosuppresent that inhibits tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) to produce anti-inflammatory effects. TNF alpha is a protein produced by the body that is involved in causing inflammation. It controls the activity of other inflammatory chemicals. TNF alpha is found in increased levels in various inflammatory conditions. Inflammation occurs when TNF alpha acts on TNF receptors that are found on the surface of cells. Certolizumab pegol works by stopping TNF alpha from acting on these receptors. This neutralizes the biological activity of TNF-alpha resulting in the healing of inflammation. The drug candidate may exhibit therapeutic intervention by checking the underlying cause of disease progression.

The revenue for Certolizumab pegol is expected to reach a total of $16.4bn through 2037. This change impacts the valuation of this asset and is an important factor to understand the current value of the drug in a clinical process. View the complete picture with the Certolizumab pegol NPV Report.

Certolizumab pegol was originated by UCB Celltech and is currently owned by UCB. Astellas Pharma is the other company associated in development or marketing of Certolizumab pegol.

Certolizumab pegol Overview

Certolizumab pegol (Cimzia) is a recombinant Fab antibody fragment, acts as antirheumatic agent. It is formulated as injectable lyophilized powder for solution and pegylated injectable solution for subcutaneous administration. Cimzia in combination with methotrexate (MTX) is indicated for reducing signs and symptoms, inducing major clinical response, and reducing the progression of joint damage as assessed by X-ray, in adult patients with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA), may be used alone for reducing signs and symptoms in adult patients with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who do not tolerate MTX, Cimzia alone or in combination with methotrexate (MTX) is indicated for:reducing signs and symptoms and inhibiting the progression of structural damage as assessed by X-ray, in adult patients with moderately to severely active psoriatic arthritis (PsA) who have failed one or more disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), reducing signs and symptoms in adult patients with active ankylosing spondylitis (AS) who have had an inadequate response to conventional therapy, for the treatment of adult patients with severe active axial spondyloarthritis, comprising: adults with severe active ankylosing spondylitis who have had an inadequate response, or are intolerant, Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), adults with severe active axial spondyloarthritis without radiographic evidence of AS, but with signs Evident inflammation detected by elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) and / or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), who have had an inadequate response, or are intolerant, to NSAIDs, for reducing signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease and maintaining clinical  response in adult patients with moderately to severely active disease who have had an inadequate  response to conventional therapy, and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA), and is indicated to treat plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, pustular psoriasis and psoriatic erythroderma for which existing treatment methods are not sufficiently effective.

Certolizumab pegol (Cimzia) is under development as a combination with MTX for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in adult patients with severe active and progressive RA not previously treated with MTX or other DMARDs and interstitial cystitis. It is a new biological entity (NBE). It was also under development for the treatment of Crohn's disease and polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis. It was also under development for moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis and intestitial cystitis.

UCB Overview

UCB is a biopharmaceutical company that is engaged in the discovery and development of novel medicines and solutions for the treatment of various severe diseases. It strives to develop products for the treatment of neurology and immunology related conditions. The company’s marketed products include Cimzia for ankylosing spondylitis, axial spondyloarthritis, Crohn’s disease, psoriatic arthritis, non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis; Neupro for Parkinson’s disease and restless legs syndrome; Evenity for osteoporosis, and Vimpat, Keppra and Briviact for epilepsy. The company operates through subsidiaries in the US, Japan, China, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Brazil, Russia, India, Mexico, Turkey and other countries. UCB is headquartered in Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium.

The company reported revenues of (Euro) EUR5,777 million for the fiscal year ended December 2021 (FY2021), an increase of 8% over FY2020. In FY2021, the company’s operating margin was 22.2%, compared to an operating margin of 18.2% in FY2020. In FY2021, the company recorded a net margin of 18.3%, compared to a net margin of 13.7% in FY2020.

Quick View – Certolizumab pegol

Report Segments
  • Innovator (NME)
Drug Name
  • Certolizumab pegol
Administration Pathway
  • Subcutaneous
Therapeutic Areas
  • Central Nervous System
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Immunology
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
Key Companies
  • Sponsor Company: UCB
  • Originator: UCB Celltech
Highest Development Stage
  • Marketed


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