Candidate precision medicine has shown encouraging clinical activity for both ROS1-positive NSCLC and NTRK fusion-positive advanced solid tumors
SHANGHAI, China and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zai Lab Limited (NASDAQ: ZLAB; HKEX: 9688) today announced that the Center for Drug Evaluation (CDE) of the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for investigational repotrectinib for the treatment of patients with advanced solid tumors that have an NTRK gene fusion who have progressed following treatment with TRK tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). The Breakthrough Therapy Designation for repotrectinib was supported by data from both global and Chinese NTRK-positive TKI-pretreated patients enrolled in the Phase 1/2 TRIDENT-1 study.
“We are excited to receive our fourth Breakthrough Therapy Designation for repotrectinib in China. Today’s recognition further supports repotrectinib as a potential first-in-class treatment for patients with NTRK-positive, TKI-pretreated solid tumors in China,” said Rafael G. Amado, M.D., President, Head of Global Oncology Research and Development at Zai Lab. “NTRK is estimated to be an oncogenic driver in approximately 0.5 percent of patients with a variety of advanced solid tumors.1 There remains an unmet medical need for NTRK-positive, TKI-pretreated advanced solid tumor patients where there are no targeted therapies currently approved. We look forward to working with regulatory authorities in China to bring this important medicine to patients in need as soon as possible.”
The Breakthrough Therapy Designation review policy is designed to facilitate the development and expeditious review of novel medicines that are intended for the prevention or treatment of serious, life-threatening diseases or diseases that severely impact the quality of life for which there is no existing treatment, or where sufficient evidence indicates advantages of the novel drug over currently available treatment options. Drugs granted Breakthrough Therapy Designations receive priority communications and guidance from the CDE to promote and expedite the drug development process.
In June 2023, Zai Lab announced that the NMPA in China has accepted its New Drug Application (NDA) for repotrectinib for the treatment of adult patients with locally advanced or metastatic ROS1-positive NSCLC, after granting priority review in May 2023.
1 NTRK fusion detection across multiple assays and 33,997 cases: diagnostic implications and pitfalls, 2020.
Repotrectinib is a next-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitor targeting the ROS1 and NTRK oncogenic drivers of advanced solid tumors, including NSCLC. Patients with tumor harboring ROS1 and NTRK gene fusions treated with approved targeted therapies often develop resistance mutations, eventually leading to tumor progression. Repotrectinib is the first next-generation TKI for ROS1- positive metastatic NSCLC and tumors with NTRK fusions, uniquely designed to address key drivers of disease progression. Zai Lab and Turning Point Therapeutics, Inc. (Turning Point, acquired by Bristol Myers Squibb) are studying repotrectinib in TRIDENT-1, a registrational Phase 1/2 study in adults, and CARE, a Phase 1/2 study in pediatric patients. Repotrectinib has shown robust antitumor activity and durable responses among TKI-naïve and pre-treated patients. Zai Lab participated in the registrational TRIDENT-1 study in Greater China (mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau), while Turning Point Therapeutics is enrolling patients in other regions of the world.
In the United States, repotrectinib has been granted three Breakthrough Therapy Designations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in: ROS1-positive metastatic NSCLC patients who have not been treated with a ROS1 TKI; ROS1-positive metastatic NSCLC patients who have previously been treated with a ROS1 TKI and who have not received prior platinum-based chemotherapy; and patients with advanced solid tumors that have an NTRK gene fusion who have progressed following treatment with one or two prior TRK TKIs, with or without prior chemotherapy, and have not had satisfactory alternative treatments. Additionally, repotrectinib was previously granted four Fast-Track Designations by the FDA in ROS1-positive advanced NSCLC patients who are ROS1 TKI naïve; ROS1-positive advanced NSCLC patients who have been previously treated with one prior line of platinum-based chemotherapy and one prior ROS1 TKI; ROS1-positive advanced NSCLC patients pretreated with one prior ROS1 TKI without prior platinum-based chemotherapy; and NTRK-positive patients with advanced solid tumors who have progressed following treatment with at least one prior line of chemotherapy and one or two prior TRK TKIs and have not had satisfactory alternative treatments. Repotrectinib was also granted an Orphan Drug Designation by the FDA in 2017.
In China, repotrectinib has been granted three Breakthrough Therapy Designations from the CDE of the NMPA in ROS1-positive metastatic NSCLC patients who have not been treated with a ROS1 TKI; ROS1-positive metastatic NSCLC patients who have previously been treated with a ROS1 TKI and who have not received prior platinum-based chemotherapy; and ROS1-positive metastatic NSCLC patients who have previously been treated with a ROS1 TKI and one prior line of platinum-based chemotherapy.
Zai Lab has an exclusive license agreement with Turning Point to develop and commercialize repotrectinib in Greater China.
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