Here’s a roundup of top developments in the biotech space over the last 24 hours:
Stocks In Focus
Eisai Announces Publication Of Positive Data On Lenvima-Keytruda Combo In Endometrial Cancer
Eisai Co. Ltd. (Pink: ESALY) and Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK) announced the publication in the New England Journal of Medicine of positive results from the Phase 3 Study 309/KEYNOTE-775 trial that evaluated the Lenvima-Keytruda combo versus chemotherapy for patients with advanced endometrial carcinoma following at least one prior platinum-based regimen in any setting.
The combination demonstrated statistically significant improvements in the dual primary endpoints of overall survival and progression-free survival compared to chemotherapy.
BeiGene Says Chinese Regulator Accepted For Review Application To Expand Label Of Rare Blood Cancer Drug
BeiGene Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: BGNE) announced the Center for Drug Evaluation of the China National Medical Products Administration has accepted a supplemental new drug application for BeiGene’s BTK inhibitor Brukinsa as a treatment for adult patients with Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia.
Brukinsa has been approved in the U.S. and Europe for the same indication.
Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Granted Provisional Approval In Australia
Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVAX) announced that Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration has granted approval for provisional registration of NVX-CoV2373, its COVID-19 vaccine for active immunization to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 caused by SARS-CoV-2 in individuals 18 years of age and older. The vaccine will be supplied to Australia under the brand name Nuvaxovid.
Last week, the vaccine was OK’ed in South Korea.
The shares were up 2.89% at $95.
Omeros Submits Response To FDA’s CRL For Narsoplimab, Requests Type A Meeting
Omeros Corporation (NASDAQ: OMER) confirmed that earlier this month it submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration its response to the agency’s complete response letter for narsoplimab in the treatment of hematopoietic stem cell transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy.
Omeros said it has concurrently requested a Type A meeting with FDA to resolve any outstanding items.
Amgen Gets Approval For Lumakras To Treat Lung Cancer In Japan
Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN) announced that Lumakras has been approved in Japan for the treatment of KRAS G12C-mutated positive, unresectable, advanced and/or recurrent non-small cell lung cancer that has progressed after systemic anticancer therapy.
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Argenx Myasthenia Gravis Treatment Approved In Japan
argenx SE (NASDAQ: ARGX) announced that Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has approved Vyvgart intravenous infusion for the treatment of adult patients with generalized myasthenia gravis who do not have sufficient response to steroids or non-steroidal immunosuppressive therapies.
The stock was adding 2.85% to $286.65 in premarket trading.
Marker’s MT-601 Granted Orphan Drug Designation For Treating Pancreatic Cancer
Marker Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRKR) said the FDA’s Office of Orphan Products Development has granted orphan drug designation to MT-601, a multi-tumor-associated antigen-specific T cell product optimized for the treatment of patients with pancreatic cancer.
The stock was jumping 14.97% to 96.53 cents in premarket trading.
Zymeworks Slips Amid Announcement Of Restructuring Initiatives
Zymeworks Inc. (NYSE: ZYME) shares came under pressure after it issued a corporate update and announced strategic objectives and outlook for 2022. The biopharma announced a cost-cutting initiative, including an immediate workforce reduction of 50% of the former senior management team and company-wide reduction of at least 25% by year-end 2022.
The company said it expects cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of approximately $250 million, as of Dec. 31, 2021, and reiterated its guidance on a financial runway to fund current operations through at least late 2022.
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On The Radar
American Society of Clinical Oncology Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium Presentations
Alkermes plc (NASDAQ: ALKS): clinical data related to advanced GI cancers from ARTISTRY-1, a phase 1/2 study evaluating the tolerability and efficacy of nemvaleukin administered intravenously as a monotherapy and in combination with Merck and preclinical data from the study of nemvaleukin in combination with novel agents in GI cancers.
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