Another collaboration between two biopharmaceutical companies in the Asia-Pacific region is adding fuel to an already heated fire for antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) development worldwide. Suzhou, China-headquartered Genequantum Healthcare Co. Ltd. and South Korea’s Aimed Bio Inc. recently announced extending an existing partnership to jointly develop five ADC investigative drugs.
From Roche Holding AG to Novartis AG, bad news abounds for anti-TIGIT immunotherapies. In an SEC filing on July 11, Chinese oncology R&D firm Beigene Ltd. and Basel, Switzerland-based Novartis announced an end to their $1 billion deal to develop the former’s TIGIT immunotherapy ociperlimab, with the checkpoint inhibitor going back to Beigene.
Elevar Therapeutics Inc. said that the U.S. FDA accepted its NDA for oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor rivoceranib in combination with PD-1 inhibitor camrelizumab (Airuika) as a first-line treatment for liver cancer. The FDA stamped an official PDUFA target action date of May 16, 2024.
On the heels of a licensing deal last week, Genequantum Healthcare Co. Ltd. has struck another deal, this time out-licensing its conjugation technology to Inxmed Co. Ltd. to support development of next-generation targeted antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs).
Haemalogix Ltd.’s monoclonal antibody Kappamab met all primary endpoints in a phase IIb trial that combined the MAb with lenalidomide and dexamethasone in kappa-type multiple myeloma patients who had relapsed or become refractory to other treatments.
Lotte Biologics Co. Ltd. said it partnered with domestic bioventure Kanaph Therapeutics Inc. to develop an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) technology platform in hopes of rounding out a full, in-house ADC value-chain.
Kelun-Biotech Biopharmaceutical Co. Ltd. raised HK$1.36 billion (US$174 million) in an IPO in Hong Kong to support its push into the increasingly competitive antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) market in China.
South Korean pharmaceutical giant Yuhan Corp. gained Korea’s MFDS approval to expand indications for its potent oral third-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitor Leclaza (lazertinib) as a first-line treatment for EGFR T790M mutation-positive non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC).