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ADC Therapeutics | January 03, 2023
Sobi® and ADC Therapeutics SA informed that Zynlonta® (loncastuximab tesirine) has recently received conditional marketing authorization from the European Commission (EC) for the treatment of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma ((DLBCL) that has relapsed or become resistant. The approval comes after the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use issued a favorable opinion in September.
Sobi has said that it wants to give Zynlonta, a new treatment for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, to people in the European Union who have this debilitating blood cancer.
The approval was granted based on the findings from LOTIS-2, which was a large (n=145), phase 2 multinational, single-arm clinical study of Zynlonta for treating adult patients who had relapsed or refractory DLBCL following two or more prior lines of systemic therapy. Zynlonta was granted accelerated approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration in April 2021. This approval made it the first CD19-targeted antibody-drug conjugate to be used as a single-agent treatment for adult patients who had relapsed or been resistant to two or more lines of systemic therapy for their DLBCL.
Sobi announced an exclusive license agreement with ADC Therapeutics to develop and commercialize Zynlonta in Europe and other international markets. The license aims to boost Sobi's presence in hematology, one of its two main disease areas. Besides, Zynlonta will be sold with other Sobi hematology drugs.
ADC Therapeutics added that this approval expands Zynlonta's global reach. Zynlonta will fill a critical unmet need for DLBCL patients in Europe. The EU decision applies to Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein.
According to the terms of the license agreement and as previously communicated, Sobi will pay ADC Therapeutics USD 50 million as a result of the EU's approval of DLBCL. Sobi's clinical development and product supply are handled by ADC Therapeutics.
About ADC Therapeutics
ADC Therapeutics next-generation, targeted antibody-drug conjugates help cancer patients. With a deep understanding of oncology and an ADC platform that the FDA's approval of Zynlonta has proven, the company is working to meet unmet medical needs and improve outcomes for people with hard-to-treat hematological cancers and solid tumors. ADC Therapeutics' highly skilled global team is committed to fighting cancer with science, bringing targeted therapies and hope to patients and their families.
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Arrowhead and Amgen | December 21, 2022
Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced a $25M milestone payment from Amgen. This milestone was triggered by the first subject enrolled in Amgen’s Phase 3 trial of olpasiran. Arrowhead is further eligible to receive up to an additional $535 million in aggregate development, regulatory, and sales milestone payments from Amgen and Royalty Pharma plc.
“We are pleased with the great progress on the clinical development of olpasiran, which was developed using Arrowhead’s proprietary TRiMTM technology. This is an important milestone for the program and for Arrowhead, as this is the second TRiMTM-enabled candidate to enter Phase 3 studies. Importantly, as our pipeline continues to advance expeditiously, we anticipate multiple Arrowhead therapies will also reach Phase 3 trials over the coming year.”
Christopher Anzalone, Ph.D., Arrowhead’s president and CEO
Olpasiran is a small interfering RNA originally developed by Arrowhead using its proprietary Targeted RNAi Molecule, or TRiM, platform and licensed to Amgen in 2016. It is designed to lower levels of lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)), a genetically determined risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Phase 2 study results from the OCEAN(a)-DOSE study were presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2022, where olpasiran demonstrated a significant and sustained reduction in Lp(a) levels over 36 weeks. These data were simultaneously published in the New England Journal of Medicine on November 6, 2022.
Lp(a) is genetically determined1-3 and a presumed independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Although an agreed upon threshold for elevated Lp(a) is not firmly established, approximately 20% of adults have Lp(a) >125 nmol/L (or approximately 50 mg/dL).1 Evidence has emerged from pathophysiological, epidemiologic, and genetic studies on the potential role of elevated Lp(a) in contributing to myocardial infarction, stroke, and peripheral arterial disease.3
About Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals
Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals develops medicines that treat intractable diseases by silencing the genes that cause them. Using a broad portfolio of RNA chemistries and efficient modes of delivery, Arrowhead therapies trigger the RNA interference mechanism to induce rapid, deep, and durable knockdown of target genes. RNA interference, or RNAi, is a mechanism present in living cells that inhibits the expression of a specific gene, thereby affecting the production of a specific protein. Arrowhead’s RNAi-based therapeutics leverage this natural pathway of gene silencing.
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US Pharmacopeia | January 04, 2023
The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) has announced the launch of the USP Advanced Manufacturing Technology Lab in Richmond, Virginia, as a part of its launch of a suite of R&D analytical solutions. These analytical lab services will aid drug manufacturers in adopting advanced manufacturing technologies, such as pharmaceutical continuous manufacturing (PCM), to increase geographic diversity in pharmaceutical manufacturing and support medicine supply chain resilience.
The new R&D analytical solutions will include analytical lab services that take advantage of USP's in-house scientific expertise and cutting-edge facilities at the USP Advanced Manufacturing Technology Lab in Richmond, as well as its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. These capabilities will be utilized to characterize materials and qualify and develop ways to help ensure the quality of PCM-based medicines.
PCM involves a continuous flow of materials through a process pipeline in which two or more unit operations are directly connected and the sequential transformation of those materials. As the input materials are fed in, the process output, such as an active pharmaceutical ingredient or drug product, is collected, and the complete procedure is carried out in a single facility.
USP's emphasis on R&D analytical solutions and PCM-specific quality assessments is part of a broader set of activities aimed at addressing the problems of PCM adoption and bolstering pharmaceuticals' supply chain resilience.
Consulting services provided by a USP company, Pharmatech Associates, Inc., can assist manufacturers with decision-making and problems associated with PCM adoption. Pharmatech Associates consulting services, which operate independently of USP's standards-setting processes, provide manufacturers interested in PCM and other advanced manufacturing technologies with technical, business, and regulatory strategies, workforce training, and equipment and process design.
About The U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP)
USP is a non-profit, independent scientific organization that provides safe, high-quality pharmaceuticals. The organization has strived to establish confidence in the world's drugs, dietary supplements, and foods for more than two centuries. It protects patient safety and enhances global health via rigorous science and the establishment of public quality standards.