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Name: CAD106
Therapy Type: Immunotherapy (active) (timeline)
Target Type: Amyloid-Related (timeline)
Condition(s): Alzheimer's Disease
U.S. FDA Status: Alzheimer's Disease (Phase 2/3)
Company: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Approved for: None


This is an active vaccination strategy that aims to elicit a strong antibody response while avoiding inflammatory T cell activation (reviewed in Lemere and Masliah, 2010). CAD106 combines multiple copies of Aβ1-6 peptide derived from the N-terminal B cell epitope of Aβ, coupled to a Qβ virus-like particle. In animals, CAD106 induced Aβ-antibody titers without activating Aβ-reactive T cells. Administration of CAD106 to APP-transgenic mice showed a reduction of amyloid accumulation in the brain (Wiessner et al., 2011).


In 2008, a one-year Phase 1 trial of two doses of CAD106 in 58 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease in Sweden concluded that the vaccine dose-dependently induced Aβ IgG titers that met prespecified "responder" criteria for an immune response while being generally safe and well-tolerated. No meningoencephalitis was reported (Winblad et al., 2012).  CAD106 has since been tested with subcutaneous and intramuscular injections in five multicenter Phase 2 trials in the United States and Europe. Two 66-week extension trials ending in 2010 and 2011 explored antibody response and tolerability of additional doses, i.e., different longer-injection/booster-shot regimens. They found prolonged antibody titers in responders. A 90-week trial of 177 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's tested two doses of vaccine and two doses of adjuvant at 36 study sites. This trial contains pharmacogenomic and amyloid PET substudies. This trial has concluded. Partial results have been reported to indicate antibody maturation and continued safety after seven injections and follow-up of 2½ years (Farlow et al., 2015).

In July 2014, Novartis partnered with the Banner Alzheimer Research Institute to conduct a secondary prevention trial within the Alzheimer Prevention Initiative (API). This Phase 2/3 trial aims to enroll 1,340 homozygous ApoE4 carriers between the ages of 60 and 75 who are cognitively normal. It will evaluate CAD106 injected intramuscularly at weeks 1, 7, 13, 24 and then quarterly for a treatment period of five years. Primary outcomes are time to diagnosis of MCI or Alzheimer's dementia and change on the API Composite Cognitive (APICC) test battery developed for secondary prevention trials (see July 2014 conference newsLangbaum et al., 2015). The trial includes mandatory PET scans plus voluntary lumbar punctures for CSF analysis, as well as blood collection. It is set to run from November 2015 to 2023.

In March 2015, GlaxoSmithKline bought Novartis' vaccine business.

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  • Phase 2
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  • Study aborted
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News Citations

  1. Novartis to Partner with Banner Health on ApoE4 Prevention Trial

Paper Citations

  1. . Safety, tolerability, and antibody response of active Aβ immunotherapy with CAD106 in patients with Alzheimer's disease: randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, first-in-human study. Lancet Neurol. 2012 Jul;11(7):597-604. Epub 2012 Jun 6 PubMed.
  2. . Long-term treatment with active Aβ immunotherapy with CAD106 in mild Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimers Res Ther. 2015;7(1):23. Epub 2015 Apr 27 PubMed.
  3. . Establishing Composite Cognitive Endpoints for Use in Preclinical Alzheimer's Disease Trials. J Prev Alzheimers Dis. 2015 Mar;2(1):2-3. PubMed.
  4. . Can Alzheimer disease be prevented by amyloid-beta immunotherapy?. Nat Rev Neurol. 2010 Feb;6(2):108-19. PubMed.
  5. . The second-generation active Aβ immunotherapy CAD106 reduces amyloid accumulation in APP transgenic mice while minimizing potential side effects. J Neurosci. 2011 Jun 22;31(25):9323-31. PubMed.

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