SINGAPORE – While a lot of focus is placed on phase III trials and the subsequent approvals, panelists during the ESMO Asia Congress pointed to the importance of designing the right kind of phase I trials, from reaching global populations to using appropriate endpoints.
SINGAPORE – Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. presented new findings from its phase III ALTA-1L trial evaluating its Alunbrig (brigatinib) vs. crizotinib in adults with advanced anaplastic lymphoma kinase-positive (ALK+) non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who had not received a prior ALK inhibitor, showing Alunbrig reduced the risk of disease progression or death by 76% after more than two years of follow-up.
HONG KONG – Singaporean drugmaker Aslan Pharmaceuticals Ltd. announced top-line data from its pivotal phase III TreeTopp (treatment opportunity with varlitinib (ASLAN-001) in biliary tract cancer) study in second-line biliary tract cancer patients, which failed to meet co-primary endpoints of progression-free survival (PFS) and overall response rate (ORR).
SHANGHAI Innovation-driven biotech companies are sprouting up in China and they now aim to gain a bigger global presence through conducting clinical trials not just in their home country but also abroad.
BEIJING – Shanghai-based Visen Pharmaceuticals is pushing its long-acting growth hormone therapy, which is also the first of its kind in China, one step closer to the NDA-stage after receiving clearance from Chinese regulators this week to start a phase III trial.
HONG KONG – South Korea's Helixmith Co. Ltd. has announced the results of a phase III trial extension testing VM-202 (donaperminogene seltoplasmid), a regenerative plasmid DNA gene therapy candidate, in diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN).
HONG KONG – Hutchison China Meditech Ltd.'s (Chi-Med) is preparing for the next step after surufatinib achieved its primary endpoint in a phase III SANET-ep study in extra-pancreatic advanced neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) in China.
WASHINGTON – Hot on the heels of July's FDA approval of Recarbrio (imipenem, cilastatin and relebactam) in complicated urinary tract infections (cUTIs), Merck & Co. Inc. rolled out pivotal phase III data at the Infectious Disease Society of America's IDWeek 2019 that could support expanding its label to another high-need group, people with hospital-acquired or ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia (HABP/VABP).
Shares of San Diego-based Tocagen Inc. (NASDAQ:TOCA) fell 77.7% to 93 cents on Sept. 12, and further since, after its two-part immunotherapy for people with recurrent brain cancer failed to surpass standard of care on overall survival (OS), the primary endpoint of the company's phase III Toca 5 trial. Secondary endpoints in the registrational study were also missed, showing no meaningful difference between study arms.