Bristol Myers Squibb Co. said the FDA has approved Zeposia (ozanimod) as the first and only oral sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) receptor modulator for the treatment of ulcerative colitis (UC). The medicine, first FDA-approved in March 2020 for certain adults with multiple sclerosis, can now be used to treat patients with moderately to severely active UC.
CEO David Epstein said Black Diamond Therapeutics Inc. was “delighted” with phase I data testing BDTX-189 in advanced solid tumors harboring EGFR or HER2 alterations, but Wall Street seemed less so. Shares (NASDAQ:BDTX) closed at $13.93, down $8.30, or 37%.
Building on a deal first struck in 2019, artificial intelligence (AI) specialist Exscientia Ltd. has agreed to take responsibility for a multitarget drug discovery collaboration with Bristol Myers Squibb Co. that could be worth more than $1.2 billion in all. The expanded collaboration, first established with BMS-acquired Celgene Corp., includes $50 million in up-front funding, up to $125 million in near to mid-term potential milestones, plus additional clinical, regulatory and commercial payments. It remains focused on small-molecule drug candidates in areas including oncology and immunology.
The anti-TIGIT bispecific antibody AGEN-1777’s preclinical status didn’t stand in the way of Bristol Myers Squibb Co.’s whopper deal with Agenus Inc., which is collecting $200 million up front and as much as $1.36 billion in potential milestone payments in trade for development and commercial rights to the Fc-enhanced compound.
While acknowledging the net health benefit over standard of care in heavily pretreated multiple myeloma patients, CAR T-cell therapies Abecma (idecabtagene vicleucel) and ciltacabtagene autoleucel (cilta-cel) represent low long-term value at their current pricing levels, according to the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) in a final evidence report released May 11.
While last week’s marathon Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee meeting to consider accelerated approvals for cancer drugs that didn’t demonstrate effectiveness in confirmatory trials was a good step forward, oncologists need the FDA to do more to ensure drug labeling truly reflects the benefit of the product.
The FDA’s Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee voted 6-2 April 29 to recommend withdrawing accelerated approval for Merck & Co. Inc.’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) as a third-line treatment for a subgroup of patients with recurrent locally advanced or metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal junction cancer. The vote was based on FDA assurances that, if it withdrew the approval, it would work with Merck to delay the withdrawal or set up an access program to ensure the estimated 1,000 patients who are beyond first-line treatment could still get Keytruda.
In the final part of its three-day meeting on accelerated approvals granted to anti-PD-1/PD-L1 antibodies, the FDA’s Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) voted unanimously to continue the accelerated approval for Merck & Co. Inc.’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) as a therapy for patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who have been previously treated with sorafenib (Nexavar, Bayer AG).
As part of a U.S. FDA evaluation of confirmatory trials for anti-PD-1/PD-L1 antibodies, the agency’s Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) is being asked this week to consider whether three blockbuster biologics should continue to be available for certain cancer indications for which they received accelerated approval. At question is whether the data from the confirmatory trials for the Roche Group’s Tecentriq (atezolizumab), Merck & Co. Inc.’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) and Bristol Myers Squibb Co.’s Opdivo (nivolumab) has proved sufficient benefit in particular indications and, if not, whether alternative or ongoing trials could do so.
LONDON – C4X Discovery Holdings plc has out-licensed its preclinical oral interleukin-17 (IL-17) inhibitor to Sanofi SA in a potential €414 million (US$493.4 million) deal. Under the terms of the agreement, Sanofi is paying €7 million up front and a further €11 in short-term preclinical milestones, with the balance to follow on reaching development, regulatory and commercialization milestones.