BeiGene Announces Updated Phase 1A/1B Data on Tislelizumab Presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology Immuno-Oncology Congress
“We continue to be pleased with the results of tislelizumab in solid tumors,” commented
Summary of ESMO-IO Presentations from the Ongoing Phase 1A/1B Trial
The multi-center, open-label Phase 1A/1B trial (NCT02407990) of tislelizumab as monotherapy in advanced solid tumors is being conducted in
Updated Results in Patients with Urothelial Carcinoma (UC)
Data presented at ESMO-IO included updated results from an analysis of tislelizumab in 17 patients with UC. At the time of the data cutoff on
Treatment-related adverse events (TRAEs) as assessed by the investigator occurred in 15 patients (88.2%). Of those, fatigue (n=5), infusion-related reactions (n=3), rash (n=3), nausea (n=2), pain in extremity (n=2), peripheral adema (n=2), and proteinuria (n=2) occurred in two or more patients. Three treatment-related Grade 3 or 4 AEs occurred in two patients, fatigue (n=1), and hyperglycemia and latent autoimmune diabetes (n=1). One patient discontinued treatment due to recurrent infusion-related reactions considered related to tislelizumab.
At the time of the data cutoff, all 17 patients were evaluable for response, defined as having a baseline tumor assessment with at least one post-baseline tumor response assessment, or progression or death. The confirmed response rate was 29.4 percent, with one complete response (CR) and four partial responses (PR). Three additional patients achieved stable disease (SD) as their best response. There was one CR, one PR and one SD among the eight patients with PD-L1 high tumors and two PRs and two SDs among the eight patients with PD-L1 low or negative tumors (one tumor was not-evaluable for PD-L1 expression). The median duration of response was 18.7 months (6.2-18.7 months).
Updated Results in Patients with Esophogeal, Gastric, Hepatocellular and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancers
In an oral presentation at ESMO-IO, data on patients with esophageal (EC, n=54), gastric (GC, n=54), hepatocellular (HC, n=50) and non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC, n=49) were reported.
TRAEs occurring in at least five percent of patients across all cohorts included fatigue (8.7%), pruritis (7.7%), hypothyroidism (7.2%), decreased appetite (6.8%), rash (6.8%) and nausea (6.3%). Ten patients experienced one or more serious adverse events considered related to tislelizumab, including pneumonitis (n=3) and one case each of acute hepatitis, dermatitis, diarrhea, increased ALT, increased AST, infusion-related reaction, pyrexia and vomiting. Grade 3 or 4 TRAEs occurring in more than one patient included increased AST (n=4), increased ALT (n=3) and pneumonitis (n=2). There were two fatal TRAEs reported, including acute hepatitis in a patient with HCC confounded by rapidly progressive disease, and pneumonitis in a patient with NSCLC with compromised pulmonary capacity at baseline.
Confirmed response rates and disease control rates in patients with EC were 11.1 percent and 37.0 percent, respectively; 13.0 percent and 29.6 percent in patients with GC, respectively; 12.2 percent and 51.0 percent in patients with HCC, respectively, and 13.0 percent and 63.0 percent in patients with NSCLC, respectively. For patients with EC and NSCLC, the median duration of response (mDOR) had not been reached. The mDOR in patients with GC was 8.5 months and for patients with HCC it was 15.7 months.
Tislelizumab (BGB-A317) is an investigational humanized IgG4 anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody specifically designed to minimize binding to FcγR on macrophages. In pre-clinical studies, binding to FcγR on macrophages has been shown to compromise the anti-tumor activity of PD-1 antibodies through activation of antibody-dependent macrophage-mediated killing of T effector cells.
Discovered by BeiGene scientists, tislelizumab is being developed as a monotherapy and in combination with other therapies for the treatment of a broad array of both solid tumor and hematologic cancers. The new drug application (NDA) for tislelizumab in China for patients with relapsed/refractory (R/R) classical Hodgkin's lymphoma (cHL) has been accepted by the China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA, formerly known as CFDA) and granted priority review status. BeiGene and Celgene Corporation have a global strategic collaboration for the development of tislelizumab in solid tumors in the United States, Europe, Japan and the rest of world outside Asia.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws, including statements regarding the encouraging clinical data from clinical trials of tislelizumab and BeiGene’s advancement of, and anticipated clinical development, regulatory milestones and commercialization of tislelizumab. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including
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