Ipsen to present 12 abstracts at the 11th World Congress for Neurorehabilitation (WCNR) Virtual Congress taking place jointly with the 35th Congress of the French Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (SOFMER)

PARIS, France, 08 October 2020 — Ipsen (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY) today announced the presentation of 12 abstracts during the 11th World Congress for Neurorehabilitation (WCNR), taking place virtually between 7-11 October 2020.1-13


Spasticity is a disabling condition in adults and children, characterized by velocity-dependent muscle hyperactivity. It is the consequence of many neurological diseases, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury and Cerebral Palsy. Spasticity can have significant impact on the lives of patients, causing multi-level disability, including impaired walking and hand use, pain, disfigurement and contractures.14 Cervical dystonia is a rare disorder of unknown origin in most of the primary cases, characterized by involuntary contractions of the neck muscles.15


“Our goal at Ipsen is to put the patient at the center of everything we do; our research aims to understand and address the unmet needs and support care optimization by providing tailored therapeutic solutions that help patients regain more control of their lives,” said Dr. Andreas Lysandropoulos, Vice President Medical Affairs Neuroscience, Ipsen.


Overview of Ipsen presentations at the WCNR 2020 Congress:1-12


Abstract title Poster number/Session timing (CEST)
Differences in the patient experience of spasticity management with botulinum toxin type A: A comparison of European versus American survey findings

Poster number: P0274

Session timing: 09.00-20.00 7/10/2020

An international, multicentre, observational, longitudinal study to assess the effectiveness of abobotulinumtoxinA injections for adult lower limb spasticity: The AboLiSh study

Poster number: P0275

Session timing: 09.00-20.00 7/10/2020

Longitudinal goal attainment with integrated upper limb spasticity management including botulinum toxin A: Primary results from the ULIS-III study

Poster number: P0276

Session timing: 09.00-20.00 7/10/2020

Real-life data on the time to retreatment with botulinum toxin A in upper limb spasticity management

Poster number: P0278

Session timing: 09.00-20.00 7/10/2020

Perceptions of burden of spasticity and treatment satisfaction among post-stroke patients over the course of a botulinum neurotoxin A (BoNT-A) treatment cycle: an ethnographic study

Poster number: P0279

Session timing: 09.00-20.00 7/10/2020

7-Year Experience from the Ixcellence Network®: An International Innovative Educational Program To Improve Cervical Dystonia And Spastic Paresis Management

Poster number: P0301

Session timing: 09.00-20.00 7/10/2020

Importance of Training and Practice Regarding Rehabilitation Approaches Integrated with Botulinum Neurotoxin-A Guided Injection in Cervical Dystonia & Spastic Paresis: results from the INPUT survey

Poster number: P0302

Session timing: 09.00-20.00 7/10/2020


Efficacy and safety of abobotulinumtoxinA in pediatric lower limb spasticity: 2nd interim results from a phase IV, prospective, observational, multicenter study

Poster number: P0304

Session timing: 09.00-20.00 7/10/2020

Development of the Hygiene Extension Limb position Pain (HELP) Tool to monitor waning of clinical efficacy in patients with spasticity or cervical dystonia treated with botulinum toxins

Poster number: P0306

Session timing: 09.00-20.00 7/10/2020

Economic analysis of real-world use of BotulinumtoxinA products (BoNTA) for treatment of adult upper limb spasticity (AUL)

Poster number: P0311

Session timing: 09.00-20.00 7/10/2020

AbobotulinumtoxinA for upper limb spasticity in children with cerebral palsy: Efficacy and safety findings from an international, Phase 3, pivotal study

Poster number: P0503

Session timing: 09.00-20.00 7/10/2020

Neuromodulation of cortical beta oscillatory activity following botulinum injection in post-stroke. Oral presentation number: OP068 Session timing: 9.45 11/10/2020




Notes to editors


About spasticity

Spasticity is estimated to affect more than 12 million people worldwide.16 It is a condition in which certain muscles are continuously contracted causing stiffness or tightness of the muscles, which can interfere with normal movement, gait and speech.17 Spasticity is usually caused by damage to the parts of the brain or spinal cord that control voluntary movement,17-18 leading to a change in the balance of signals between the nervous system and the muscles which leads to increased activity in the muscles.17 Spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke, brain or head trauma and metabolic diseases can all cause spasticity.18 Spasticity is experienced by approximately 34% of stroke survivors within 18 months following a stroke.19


About cervical dystonia

Cervical dystonia (CD), also known as spasmodic torticollis, is a movement disorder in which involuntary muscular contractions occur primarily in the neck muscles.15,20 This can cause the head to turn to one side or to be pulled backward or forward.15,21 CD is relatively uncommon, affecting 57 to 280 people per million.22 It can occur at any age, although symptoms generally appear in middle age, often beginning slowly and usually reaching a plateau over a few months or years.23 The degeneration of the spine, irritation of nerve roots or frequent headaches can make CD particularly painful.23 In most cases the cause is unknown and no cure exists.22


About Dysport®

Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA) is an injectable form of a botulinum neurotoxin type A (BoNT-A) product, which is a substance derived from Clostridium bacteria producing BoNT-A that inhibits the effective transmission of nerve impulses and thereby reduces muscular contractions. It is supplied as a lyophilized powder. AbobotulinumtoxinA has marketing authorization in more than 85 countries and more than 30 years of clinical experience.


The detailed recommendations for the use of Dysport are described in the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) for Dysport (300 units) Powder and Dysport (500 units) Powder, and the U.S. Prescribing Information (PI).


NOTE: Dysport® labels and approved indications may vary from country to country.


About Ipsen

Ipsen is a global specialty-driven biopharmaceutical group focused on innovation and Specialty Care. The Group develops and commercializes innovative medicines in three key therapeutic areas – Oncology, Neuroscience, and Rare Diseases. Ipsen also has a well-established Consumer Healthcare business. With total sales over €2.5 billion in 2019, Ipsen sells more than 20 drugs in over 115 countries, with a direct commercial presence in more than 30 countries. Ipsen’s R&D is focused on its innovative and differentiated technological platforms located in the heart of the leading biotechnological and life sciences hubs (Paris-Saclay, France; Oxford, UK; Cambridge, US). The Group has about 5,800 employees worldwide. Ipsen is listed in Paris (Euronext: IPN) and in the United States through a Sponsored Level I American Depositary Receipt program (ADR: IPSEY). For more information on Ipsen, visit www.ipsen.com


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  1. Jacinto et al., WCNR 2020. Differences in the patient experience of spasticity management with botulinum toxin type A – a comparison of European versus American survey findings.
  2. Esquenazi et al., WCNR 2020. An international, multicentre, observational, longitudinal study to assess the effectiveness of abobotulinum toxin A injections for adult lower limb spasticity – The AboLiSh study.
  3. Turner-Stokes et al., WCNR 2020. Longitudinal goal attainment with integrated upper limb spasticity management including botulinum toxin A – Primary results from the ULIS-III study.
  4. Jacinto et al., WCNR 2020. Real-life data on the time to retreatment with botulinum toxin A in upper limb spasticity management.
  5. Jacinto et al., WCNR 2020. Perceptions of burden of spasticity and treatment satisfaction among post-stroke patients over the course of a botulinum neurotoxin A (BoNT-A) treatment cycle – an ethnographic study.
  6. Dursun et al., WCNR 2020. 7-year experience from the Ixcellence Network® – an international innovative educational program to improve cervical dystonia and spastic paresis management.
  7. Jacinto et al., WCNR 2020. Importance of training and practice regarding rehabilitation approaches integrated with botulinum neurotoxin-A guided injection in cervical dystonia & spastic paresis – results from the INPUT survey.
  8. Gormley et al., WCNR 2020. Efficacy and safety of abobotulinum toxin A in pediatric lower limb spasticity – 2nd interim results from a phase IV, prospective, observational, multicenter study.
  9. Patel et al., WCNR 2020. Development of the Hygiene Extension Limb position Pain (HELP) tool to monitor waning of clinical efficacy in patients with spasticity or cervical dystonia treated with botulinum toxins.
  10. Schnitzler et al., WCNR 2020. Economic analysis of real-world use of Botulinum toxin A products (BoNTA) for treatment of adult upper limb spasticity (AUL).
  11. Dabrowski, et al., WCNR 2020. Efficacy and safety of abobotulinum toxin A for upper limb spasticity in children with cerebral palsy.
  12. Chalard et al., WCNR 2020. Neuromodulation of cortical beta oscillatory activity following botulinum injection in post-stroke.
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