BRUKINSA® received Marketing Authorization as a treatment for rare blood cancers in six countries in Central and South America
BeiGene, (NASDAQ: BGNE; HKEX: 06160; SSE: 688235), a global biotechnology company focused on developing innovative and affordable oncology medicines to improve treatment outcomes and access for patients worldwide, today announced significant progress in efforts to unlock global opportunities for BRUKINSA® (zanubrutinib) with recent regulatory approvals in six Latin American countries:
- Argentina Relapsed/refractory (r/r) mantle cell lymphoma (MCL)
- Chile r/r marginal zone lymphoma (MZL) and Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia (WM)
- Ecuador r/r MZL and WM
- El Salvador r/r MCL, r/r MZL, and WM
- Mexico r/r MCL
- Paraguay r/r MCL
“It has only been one year since the first approval for BRUKINSA in Latin America and these approvals, including the most recent in Argentina, demonstrate our drive to accomplish our mission and broaden access to innovative medicines,” said Eduardo Molinari, Senior Director of New Market Development in Latin America at BeiGene. “I look forward to collaborating with our partner, Adium, on commercialization activities to provide this important treatment option to people living with MCL, MZL, and WM in Latin America.”
Dr. Maria Silvana Cugliari, Head of Hematology, Angel Roffo Institute of Oncology University of Buenos Aires, Argentina commented, “BTK inhibition has proven to be a highly effective treatment strategy for a number of indolent B-cell malignancies and BeiGene’s expansive clinical development program for BRUKINSA in multiple indications has provided evidence of strong efficacy and durable response rates, along with a consistent safety profile.”
The announcement of regulatory approvals for BRUKINSA in Latin America follows a recent positive CHMP Opinion for BRUKINSA as a treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in the European Union.
BRUKINSA is a small-molecule inhibitor of Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK) discovered by BeiGene scientists that is currently being evaluated globally in a broad clinical program as a monotherapy and in combination with other therapies to treat various B-cell malignancies. BRUKINSA was specifically designed to deliver targeted and sustained inhibition of the BTK protein by optimizing bioavailability, half-life, and selectivity. With differentiated pharmacokinetics compared to other approved BTK inhibitors, BRUKINSA has been demonstrated to inhibit the proliferation of malignant B cells within a number of disease-relevant tissues.
BRUKINSA is supported by a broad clinical program which includes more than 4,500 subjects in 35 trials across 28 markets. To date, BRUKINSA has received approvals covering more than 55 countries and regions, including the United States, China, the EU, Switzerland, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and additional international markets.
BeiGene is committed to advancing best- and first-in-class clinical candidates internally or with like-minded partners to develop impactful and affordable medicines for patients across the globe. We have a growing R&D and medical affairs team of approximately 3,300 colleagues dedicated to advancing more than 100 clinical trials that have involved more than 16,000 subjects. Our expansive portfolio is directed predominantly by our internal colleagues supporting clinical trials in more than 45 countries and regions. Hematology-oncology, and solid tumor targeted therapies, and immuno-oncology are key focus areas for the Company, with both monotherapies and combination therapies prioritized in our research and development. BeiGene currently has three licensed medicines discovered and developed in our own labs: BTK inhibitor BRUKINSA® in the U.S., China, the European Union, Switzerland, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and additional international markets; and the non-FC-gamma receptor binding anti-PD-1 antibody tislelizumab as well as the poly adenosine diphosphate-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitor pamiparib in China.
BeiGene also partners with innovative companies who share our goal of developing therapies to address global health needs. We commercialize a range of oncology medicines in China licensed from Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, EUSA Pharma, and Bio-Thera. We also plan to address greater areas of unmet need globally through our other collaborations including Mirati Therapeutics, Seagen, and Zymeworks.
In January 2021 BeiGene and Novartis announced a collaboration granting Novartis rights to co-develop, manufacture, and commercialize BeiGene’s anti-PD-1 antibody tislelizumab in North America, Europe, and Japan. Building upon this productive collaboration, BeiGene and Novartis announced an option, collaboration, and license agreement in December 2021 for BeiGene’s TIGIT inhibitor ociperlimab that is in Phase 3 development. Novartis and BeiGene also entered into a strategic commercial agreement through which BeiGene will promote five approved Novartis oncology products across designated regions of China.
BeiGene is a global biotechnology company that is developing and commercializing innovative and affordable oncology medicines to improve treatment outcomes and access for far more patients worldwide. With a broad portfolio, we are expediting development of our diverse pipeline of novel therapeutics through our internal capabilities and collaborations. We are committed to radically improving access to medicines for far more patients who need them. Our growing global team of more than 9,000 colleagues spans five continents, with administrative offices in Beijing, China; Cambridge, U.S.; and Basel, Switzerland. To learn more about BeiGene, please visit www.beigene.com and follow us on Twitter at @BeiGeneGlobal.
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 potential for BRUKINSA to provide clinical benefit to patients with B-cell malignancies , the future development, regulatory filing and approval, commercialization, and market access of BRUKINSA in Latin America and other markets, the potential commercial opportunity for BRUKINSA, and BeiGene’s plans, commitments, aspirations, and goals under the headings “BeiGene Oncology” and “About BeiGene.” 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 or marketing approval; actions of regulatory agencies, which may affect the initiation, timing, and progress of clinical trials and marketing approval; BeiGene's ability to achieve commercial success for its marketed medicines and drug candidates, if approved; BeiGene's ability to obtain and maintain protection of intellectual property for its medicines and technology; BeiGene's reliance on third parties to conduct drug development, manufacturing, and other services; BeiGene’s limited experience in obtaining regulatory approvals and commercializing pharmaceutical products and its ability to obtain additional funding for operations and to complete the development and commercialization of its drug candidates and achieve and maintain profitability; and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on BeiGene’s clinical development, regulatory, commercial, manufacturing, and other operations, 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.
Adium is a private pharmaceutical company based in Montevideo, Uruguay. Adium distributes its products in 18 Latin American & Caribbean countries including Brazil, Mexico and Colombia. Adium has been distributing products from leading international companies in the field of Oncology, Urology, Hematology and Rare Diseases, for more than 20 years. Adium provides its partners a full set of local capabilities including commercial, market access, regulatory and pharmacovigilance.
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