BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Clovis Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLVS) announced today that it has submitted its New Drug Application (NDA) regulatory filing to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for rociletinib for the treatment of patients with mutant epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have been previously treated with an EGFR-targeted therapy and have the EGFR T790M mutation as detected by an FDA approved test. Rociletinib is the Company’s novel, oral targeted covalent (irreversible) mutant-selective inhibitor of EGFR in development for the treatment of NSCLC in patients with initial activating EGFR mutations, as well as the dominant resistance mutation T790M. Rociletinib was granted Breakthrough Therapy designation by the U.S. FDA in May 2014.
In addition, Clovis has also submitted its Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) through the centralized procedure for rociletinib for the treatment of adult patients with mutant EGFR NSCLC who have been previously treated with an EGFR-targeted therapy and have the EGFR T790M mutation.
There is a validation period before both applications are formally accepted, after which the review commences.
“The submissions of our first NDA and MAA for rociletinib represent a major step forward for our company,” said Patrick J. Mahaffy, President and CEO of Clovis Oncology. “These two submissions – completed on the same day, no less -- were made possible through the tremendous commitment and hard work of Clovis employees and our clinical collaborators at leading U.S. and international academic institutions over the last many months, and I am grateful for their tireless efforts. We are actively preparing for what we hope to be our first U.S. commercial launch, and the opportunity to address the needs of patients with T790M-positive EGFR-mutant non-small cell lung cancer. We are also actively building our commercial organization in Europe to prepare for a potential launch next year.”
QIAGEN, Clovis’ companion diagnostic partner, intends to file a supplemental PMA application of its approved therascreen EGFR test with the FDA to allow for regulatory approval of the companion diagnostic concurrent with rociletinib approval. Analytical performance of the therascreen EGFR test has been established for 21 EGFR mutations, including the most prevalent resistance mutation, T790M. The test supports efficient laboratory workflow with real-time PCR technology on the FDA approved Rotor-Gene Q MDx, which is part of QIAGEN’s QIAsymphony family of laboratory solutions.
Rociletinib is an oral, potent, mutant-selective inhibitor of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) under investigation for the treatment of EGFR-mutated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Rociletinib targets the activating mutations of EGFR (L858R and Del19), while also inhibiting the dominant acquired resistance mutation, T790M, which develops in approximately 60 percent of patients treated with first- and second-generation EGFR inhibitors, while sparing wild-type, or “normal” EGFR at anticipated therapeutic doses. Accordingly, it has the potential to treat NSCLC patients with EGFR mutations both as a first-line or second-line treatment. Rociletinib was granted Breakthrough Therapy designation by the U.S. FDA in May 2014.
About Rociletinib Clinical Development
Clovis has several studies underway in EGFR-mutant NSCLC:
- TIGER-X is a Phase 1/2 study designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of three different doses of rociletinib in a very advanced patient population.
- TIGER-1 is a randomized Phase 2/3 registration study versus erlotinib in newly-diagnosed patients.
- TIGER-2 is a global registration study in both T790M-positive and T790M-negative patients directly after progression on their first and only TKI therapy.
- TIGER-3 is a randomized, comparative study versus chemotherapy in both T790M-positive and T790M-negative patients with acquired TKI resistance.
- A Phase 1 study of rociletinib in Japan has completed enrollment and a Phase 2 study in Japanese patients, agreed upon with Japanese regulatory authorities, is expected to initiate in the second half of 2015.
- Multiple combination studies are planned to initiate in the second half of 2015, including inhibitors of PD-L1, PD-1 and MEK.
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About Lung Cancer and EGFR Mutations
Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide with 1.35 million new cases annually, with NSCLC accounting for almost 85 percent of all lung cancers. NSCLC progresses rapidly with a five-year survival rate in advanced NSCLC patients of less than five percent. EGFR activating mutations occur in approximately 10 to 15 percent of NSCLC cases in Caucasian patients and approximately 30 to 35 percent in East Asian patients. These patients often experience significant tumor response to erlotinib, afatinib and gefitinib, which are first- and second-generation EGFR inhibitors. However, most patients ultimately progress on these therapies, with approximately 60 percent of patients developing acquired resistance from a second, “gatekeeper” mutation, T790M. Currently, no targeted therapies are approved for treatment of this mutation.
About Clovis Oncology
Clovis Oncology, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing innovative anti-cancer agents in the U.S., Europe and additional international markets. Clovis Oncology targets development programs at specific subsets of cancer populations, and simultaneously develops diagnostic tools that direct a compound in development to the population that is most likely to benefit from its use. Clovis Oncology is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.
To the extent that statements contained in this press release are not descriptions of historical facts regarding Clovis Oncology, they are forward-looking statements reflecting the current beliefs and expectations of management made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause our clinical development programs, future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the uncertainties inherent in our clinical development programs for our drug candidates, the corresponding development pathways of our companion diagnostics, actions by the FDA, the EMA or other regulatory authorities regarding whether to approve drug applications that may be filed, as well as their decisions regarding drug labeling, and other matters that could affect the availability or commercial potential of our drug candidates or companion diagnostics, including competitive developments. Clovis Oncology does not undertake to update or revise any forward-looking statements. A further description of risks and uncertainties can be found in Clovis Oncology’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and its reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.