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.
SINGAPORE – As the ESMO Asia Congress 2019 brought 3,679 participants from all over the Asia-Pacific region and beyond to Singapore’s Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, the focus, unsurprisingly, was on developments and challenges relevant to the oncology community.
SHANGHAI – Although China still has a way to go to approve any CAR T therapy, clinical development is robust with various targets being studied, and the regulatory environment is improving, cell therapy experts said at the Chinatrials 12 Summit.
SHANGHAI – As Chinese biotech companies talk more about innovation, one question is whether they are ready to move into first-in-class drugs from me-too and fast follow-up drugs. To biotech executives, the China first approval for Fibrogen Inc.'s roxadustat, a first-in-class small molecule for amenorrhea, is a wake-up call.
SHANGHAI – With abundant venture capital and favorable policies, Chinese biotech companies are actively turning themselves from generic makers into innovation-driven players, but the market is getting crowded by too many companies focusing on the same area and even the same targets, a reality that is leading to a lack of differentiation in biotech innovation.
SHANGHAI – Now is the time for foreign pharmaceutical companies to include China in their strategies, as the country's recent regulatory reform, vast patient pool and lower costs represent opportunities to score approvals faster, said experts at the Chinatrials12 Summit.
Although Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved its first CAR T therapy in 2018, the country is lacking a system to reimburse those advanced therapies, and industry is calling on government to revalue gene therapies.