Name: Crenezumab
Synonyms: MABT5102A , RG7412
Therapy Type: Immunotherapy (passive) (timeline)
Target Type: Amyloid-Related (timeline)
Condition(s): Alzheimer's Disease
U.S. FDA Status: Alzheimer's Disease (Phase 2)
Company: AC Immune SA, Genentech, Hoffmann-La Roche
Approved for: None


Crenezumab is a passive immunotherapy approach in which patients are treated with monoclonal antibodies that specifically recognize Aβ peptides. Crenezumab recognizes multiple forms of aggregated Aβ, including oligomeric and fibrillar species and amyloid plaques with high affinity, and monomeric Aβ with low affinity. This humanized antibody uses an IgG4 backbone. It was engineered to clear excess Aβ while exerting reduced subsequent effector function on microglia; the rationale is to stimulate amyloid phagocytosis while limiting release of inflammatory cytokines as a way to avoid side effects such as vasogenic edema (see Adolfsson et al., 2012). In terms of its binding specificity, crenezumab is similar to solanezumab (see May 2015 news).


Two Phase 1 safety trials in healthy volunteers and people with Alzheimer's disease produced no evidence of vasogenic edema or cerebral microhemorrhage, allowing Phase 2 to use higher doses and achieve higher brain exposure than was possible with previous immunotherapy approaches. ABBY was a Phase 2 trial evaluating up to 15 mg/kg per month of subcutaneous crenezumab injections, conducted at more than 90 sites in North America and Europe in 450 people with mild to moderate AD. ABBY and a 91-patient biomarker study called BLAZE were completed in spring 2014; both continued into an open-label extension trial of 361 patients that will run until May 2016. ABBY missed its primary endpoints of change on ADAS-cog and CDR-SOB. Further analysis suggested a possible efficacy signal in mild AD, similarly to solanezumab's EXPEDITION 1 and 2 results (Jul 2014 conference news). The BLAZE study reported no separation between treatment and placebo groups on the primary endpoint of PET amyloid imaging, but did report a separation on the secondary endpoint of CSF Aβ (see Dec 2014 conference news). 

Crenezumab is also being tested in a prevention paradigm. In a landmark, adaptive, five-year study that started in 2013, crenezumab is the first immunotherapy to be evaluated as part of the Alzheimer Prevention Initiative (see May 2012 conference news). Bimonthly, subcutaneous injection of crenezumab is being compared to placebo for its ability to stave off cognitive decline and affect Alzheimer's biomarkers in presymptomatic carriers of autosomal-dominant presenilin mutations, such as PSEN1 E280A. Most trial participants live in and near Medellin, Colombia; some U.S. participants with similarly predisposing gene mutations also will be recruited. The participants in this trial did not meet criteria for mild cognitive impairment at the time of enrollment. The trial uses a composite consisting of five separate cognitive tests as its primary outcome (see Feb 2013 Webinar). It also uses an extensive list of secondary outcomes, including safety, time to progression to MCI, as well as clinical outcomes and fluid and imaging biomarkers. This Phase 2 trial expects to recruit 300 participants and is set to run until 2020. 

Following results of ABBY and of solanezumab's EXPEDITION, discussion centered around increasing dose in subsequent crenezumab trials. In February 2015, Genentech started a Phase 1b study in 72 people with mild to moderate AD to compare three doses of intravenous crenezumab to placebo. Doses were not disclosed, but a 3-month double-blind course of monthly infusions was followed by a 12-month option of open label dosing.

In July 2015, crenezumab was advanced into Phase 3, initially with a single study in prodromal AD (see company press release). In January 2016, a study in 750 people with MCI or prodromal AD with biomarker evidence of Aβ pathology started enrolling. Called CREAD, this trial uses change on the CDR-SB as its primary outcome and a range of cognitive and functional measures as secondary outcomes. CREAD uses 233 study locations globally and is expected to run until 2020 (see also Blaettler, 2016).

At the 2016 CTAD conference in San Diego, crenezumab's sponsors announced results of the 72-patient Phase 1 trial, as well as of exposure-response modeling done in a disease progression simulation model. Company scientists claimed that both data sets predicted a stronger treatment benefit from the higher dose of 60 mg/kg of crenezumab infused once a month for the CREAD Phase 3 study, also confirming that this is the dose being evaluated in this trial.  

On February 28, 2017, AC Immune announced that Genentech had decided to start a second Phase 3 trial of 750 participants with prodromal to mild AD, to be called CREAD2 (see press release).

In January 2019, Roche terminated both Phase 3 CREAD trials (see Jan 2019 news). The API Phase 2 primary prevention trial is continuing.

Initial results for CREAD1, presented in March at the AD/PD conference in Lisbon, Portugal, were wholly negative (see May 2019 news). The data available by that time covered 13 percent of the 813 enrollees who had completed the treatment period of the trial as of January 2019; 14 percent had dropped out. Treatment and placebo groups were identical on the primary and secondary outcomes. Subgroup analyses by prodromal versus mild disease stage at baseline, by MMSE greater or less than 24, or by ApoE status yielded no treatment signal. The high dose used in this trial produced numerically more side effects than placebo, but the differences were small and raised no new safety concerns.

This antibody is listed in under both crenezumab and MABT510A.

Clinical Trial Timeline

  • Phase 2
  • Phase 3
  • Study completed / Planned end date
  • Planned end date unavailable
  • Study aborted
Sponsor Clinical Trial 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031
Genentech NCT01343966
Genentech NCT01397578
Genentech NCT01723826
Genentech NCT01998841
Hoffmann-La Roche NCT02670083

Last Updated: 04 Jun 2019


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News Citations

  1. Crenezumab Disappoints in Phase 2, Researchers Remain Hopeful
  2. Immunotherapy I: Baby Steps, but No Breakthroughs
  3. NIH Director Announces $100M Prevention Trial of Genentech Antibody
  4. Roche Pulls Plug on Two Phase 3 Trials of Crenezumab
  5. Keep Your Enthusiasm? Scientists Process Brutal Trial Data
  6. Shape of a Hug: How the Embrace of a Therapeutic Aβ Antibody Really Matters

Webinar Citations

  1. New Frontier: Developing Outcome Measures for Pre-dementia Trials

Therapeutics Citations

  1. Solanezumab

Paper Citations

  1. . Clinical trial design of CREAD: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group Phase-3 study to evaluate crenezumab treatment in patients with prodromal-to-mild Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association 12.7 (2016): P609.
  2. . An effector-reduced anti-β-amyloid (Aβ) antibody with unique aβ binding properties promotes neuroprotection and glial engulfment of Aβ. J Neurosci. 2012 Jul 11;32(28):9677-89. PubMed.

Other Citations

  1. PSEN1 E280A

External Citations

  1. company press release
  2. press release
  3. crenezumab
  4. MABT510A

Further Reading


  1. . Comparing the efficacy and neuroinflammatory potential of three anti-abeta antibodies. Acta Neuropathol. 2015 Nov;130(5):699-711. Epub 2015 Oct 3 PubMed.
  2. . Structure of Crenezumab Complex with Aβ Shows Loss of β-Hairpin. Sci Rep. 2016 Dec 20;6:39374. PubMed.
  3. . Abeta targets of the biosimilar antibodies of Bapineuzumab, Crenezumab, Solanezumab in comparison to an antibody against N‑truncated Abeta in sporadic Alzheimer disease cases and mouse models. Acta Neuropathol. 2015 Nov;130(5):713-29. PubMed.