Probably no one was surprised by the FDA’s recent nod for the combination of Alameda, Calif.-based Exelixis Inc.’s tyrosine kinase inhibitor, Cabometyx (cabozantinib), which targets MET, AXL and VEGF, and PD-1 drug Opdivo (nivolumab) from Bristol Myers Squibb Co. as a first-line treatment for advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), but investors may feel less confident about the odds for the pairing in a competitive space.
DUBLIN – Could a tyrosine kinase inhibitor approved for treating canine cancer offer clinical benefits in Alzheimer’s disease? That’s the bold claim AB Science SA is making, after unveiling top-line data from a phase IIb/III trial in which it reported that a subgroup of patients on a twice daily 4.5-mg/kg dose of oral masitinib experienced “a significant treatment effect” as compared with placebo after 24 weeks.
The bad cohort 1 news from Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc. in late April with poziotinib in the phase II Zenith20 study turned itself around in a stock-boosting way as the Henderson, Nev.-based firm unveiled data from cohort 2.
Benefit for patients with disease that has spread to the brain put a special shine on top-line data rolled out by Seattle Genetics Inc. (Seagen) from the HER2Climb study, an experiment to test the oral small-molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) tucatinib, designed as highly selective for HER2 without significantly knocking down EGFR.