BEIJING, March 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BeiGene, Ltd. (NASDAQ:BGNE), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing molecularly-targeted and immuno-oncology drugs for the treatment of cancer, today announced the dosing of the first patient in a pivotal clinical trial of BGB-3111, an investigational Bruton’s Tyrosine Kinase (BTK) inhibitor, in Chinese patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). BGB-3111 is also currently being evaluated in a global Phase III study in comparison with ibrutinib for the treatment of patients with Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia.
“We are pleased to announce the beginning of the first pivotal clinical trial of BGB-3111 in China. BGB-3111 has been under clinical investigation since August 2014, and over 300 patients with various B-cell malignancies have been treated with BGB-3111 in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Korea, and China,” commented John V. Oyler, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman.
“The initiation of the first pivotal trial in China with one of our portfolio compounds is an important step towards our goal of advancing innovative cancer treatments for patients in China,” commented Lai Wang, Ph.D., Head of China Development.
The Phase II single-arm, open-label, multi-center study is designed to investigate the efficacy and safety of BGB-3111 in patients with relapsed or refractory MCL. The study’s primary endpoint is the objective response rate, defined as achievement of either a partial response or complete response at any time on study drug. Secondary endpoints include progression free survival, duration of response, time to response, safety, and tolerability. Professor Jun Zhu of the Beijing Cancer Hospital is the lead principal investigator of the trial.
BGB-3111 is a potent and highly selective investigational small molecule inhibitor of BTK. BGB-3111 has demonstrated higher selectivity against BTK than ibrutinib (the only BTK inhibitor currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency) based on biochemical assays, higher exposure than ibrutinib based on their respective Phase I experience, and sustained 24-hour BTK occupancy in both the blood and the lymph node.
BeiGene is a global, clinical-stage, research-based biotechnology company focused on molecularly targeted and immuno-oncology cancer therapeutics. With a team of over 300 scientists, clinicians and staff in mainland China, the United States, Australia and Taiwan, BeiGene is advancing a pipeline consisting of novel oral small molecules and monoclonal antibodies for cancer. BeiGene is working to create combination solutions aimed to have both a meaningful and lasting impact on cancer patients.
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 of BGB-3111, the potential implications of these data for the future development of BGB-3111, and BeiGene’s advancement of, and anticipated clinical development and regulatory milestones and plans related to BGB-3111. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including BeiGene's ability to demonstrate the efficacy and safety of its drug candidates; the clinical results for its drug candidates, which may not support further development; actions of regulatory agencies, which may affect the initiation, timing and progress of clinical trials; BeiGene's ability to achieve market acceptance in the medical community necessary for commercial success; BeiGene's ability to obtain and maintain protection of intellectual property for its technology and drugs; BeiGene's reliance on third parties to conduct preclinical studies and clinical trials; BeiGene’s limited operating history and BeiGene's ability to obtain additional funding for operations and to complete the development and commercialization of its drug candidates, as well as those risks more fully discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in BeiGene’s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties, and other important factors in BeiGene's subsequent filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and BeiGene undertakes no duty to update such information unless required by law.
Lucy Li, Ph.D.