Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) Says CheckMate -026 Trial for Opdivo Missed Primary Endpoint

August 5, 2016 8:21 AM EDT

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) announced that CheckMate -026, a trial investigating the use of Opdivo (nivolumab) as monotherapy, did not meet its primary endpoint of progression-free survival in patients with previously untreated advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors expressed PD-L1 at ≥ 5%. The company will complete a full evaluation of the CheckMate -026 data and work with investigators on the future presentation of the results.

Giovanni Caforio, M.D., chief executive officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, commented, “Opdivo has become a foundational treatment that is transforming cancer care across multiple tumor types. While we are disappointed CheckMate -026 did not meet its primary endpoint in this broad patient population, we remain committed to improving patient outcomes through our comprehensive development program, including the ongoing Phase 3 CheckMate -227 study exploring the potential of the combination of Opdivo plus Yervoy for PD-L1 positive patients, and Opdivo plus Yervoy, or Opdivo plus chemotherapy in PD-L1 negative patients.”

About CheckMate -026

CheckMate -026 is a Phase 3, open-label, randomized study of Opdivo as monotherapy versus investigator’s choice chemotherapy in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Patients enrolled in the trial had received no prior systemic treatment for advanced disease and tested positive for PD-L1 expression. The trial randomized 541 patients to receive either Opdivo 3 mg/kg intravenously every two weeks or investigator’s choice chemotherapy in squamous patients (gemcitabine with cisplatin/gemcitabine with carboplatin/paclitaxel with carboplatin) and non-squamous patients (pemetrexed with cisplatin/pemetrexed with carboplatin) until disease progression, unacceptable toxicity, or completion of 6 cycles. The primary endpoint is progression-free survival, as assessed by the Independent Radiology Review Committee, in patients with ≥ 5% PD-L1 tumor expression.

Bristol-Myers Squibb & Immuno-Oncology: Advancing Oncology Research

At Bristol-Myers Squibb, we have a vision for the future of cancer care that is focused on Immuno-Oncology, now considered a major treatment choice alongside surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and targeted therapies for certain types of cancer.

We have a comprehensive clinical portfolio of investigational and approved Immuno-Oncology agents, many of which were discovered and developed by our scientists. Our ongoing Immuno-Oncology clinical program is looking at broad patient populations, across multiple solid tumors and hematologic malignancies, and lines of therapy and histologies, with the intent of powering our trials for overall survival and other important measures like durability of response. We pioneered the research leading to the first regulatory approval for the combination of two Immuno-Oncology agents, and continue to study the role of combinations in cancer.

We are also investigating other immune system pathways in the treatment of cancer including CTLA-4, CD-137, KIR, SLAMF7, PD-1, GITR, CSF1R, IDO and LAG-3. These pathways may lead to potential new treatment options – in combination or monotherapy – to help patients fight different types of cancers.

Our collaboration with academia, as well as small and large biotech companies, to research the potential Immuno-Oncology and non-Immuno-Oncology combinations, helps achieve our goal of providing new treatment options in clinical practice.

At Bristol-Myers Squibb, we are committed to changing survival expectations in hard-to-treat cancers and the way patients live with cancer.

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