Eosinophil-Driven Diseases (EDDs)
Our ambition to address unmet needs for people with EDDs
Our commitment to eosinophil-driven diseases
Building on a 50-year heritage in respiratory care and following the science of common pathways and underlying disease drivers from respiratory disease into immunology-driven disease areas, we’re continuing to better understand the important role of eosinophils as key effector cells in a range of potentially devasting inflammatory diseases, also known as eosinophil-driven diseases (EDDs).
EDDs are inflammatory illnesses in which elevated eosinophils are a direct cause or are thought to play a critical role.1 Some EDDs have limited or no approved treatment options, creating a significant unmet need for innovative medicines. We know now that a process called eosinophilic immune dysfunction may be responsible for the eosinophil recruitment and activation that is driving these diseases. Backed by a growing body of evidence, we’re committed to advancing the understanding of the role of eosinophils in inflammatory diseases across Respiratory & Immunology, with the aim to improve diagnosis, patient referrals and timely, appropriate treatment.
– Living with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)
“It was pretty terrifying to not be able to go out and eat and take my wife anywhere without worrying about getting home...or having severe abdominal pain so bad that it just made you bend over in a ball.”
– Living with Eosinophilic Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (EGPA)
“Before this, I was a career person and I exercised a lot and now I can’t do any of that anymore. Your friends kind of disappear when you get sick because nobody wants to sit on your couch constantly and watch movies, but that’s pretty much what you can do. It’s hard for you to get up and do things."
Types of eosinophil-driven diseases
We are currently investigating potential medicines to treat inflammatory, EDDs where unmet medical need remains significant and, in some cases, where we see an increasing prevalence.
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