Overall, data presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology virtual meeting over the weekend appear to have garnered investor approval, with the BioWorld Cancer index advancing 3%, by market close Monday, and a further 1.7% by the closing bell today.
In data taken from three expansion cohorts of Exelixis Inc.’s phase Ib study of Cabometyx and Tecentriq in patients with locally advanced or metastatic solid tumors, a 27% objective response rate was seen in those with immune checkpoint inhibitor-pretreated non-small-cell lung cancer.
Allogene Therapeutics Inc. investors will have to wait for an update in the second half of this year to find out more about whether off-the-shelf ALLO-501 can durably stand up to autologous CAR T-cell therapies, but early data disclosed at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting is creating buzz in the meantime.
The impact of COVID-19 is being felt at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting as much as anywhere else, typically held at McCormick Place in Chicago but this year conducted virtually because of the pandemic.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting will be closely watched by analysts and investors alike. There is no doubt that favorable data presented at the event will advance a company's stock valuation significantly. Equally, candidate cancer therapies that do not live up to expectations will see their developers face the ire of investors.
Shares of Allogene Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:ALLO) leapt 36% higher to $42.12 on Thursday after limited data from a small number of relapsed/refractory (r/r) non-Hodgkin lymphoma patients showed a combination of the company's anti-CD19 allogeneic CAR T candidate, ALLO-501, and an anti-CD52 monoclonal antibody, ALLO-647, met with an overall response rate of 78%.
New data show Johnson & Johnson’s Erleada (apalutamide) and Xtandi (enzalutamide) from Pfizer Inc. and Astellas Pharma Inc. both prolonged overall survival in men with non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (nmCRPC).
The five-day Bio-Europe Spring 2020 conference, possibly the first ever life sciences partnering event staged in an all-virtual format, ended on Friday, March 27, with high hopes that the industry would return to face-to-face interactions next year in Barcelona.