Amgen (AMGN) Announces Breakthrough Therapy Designation Granted For Sotorasib In China

January 29, 2021 4:00 PM EST

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Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced that its investigational KRASG12C inhibitor sotorasib was granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) by the Center for Drug Evaluation (CDE) of the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA). The designation is for the treatment of patients with KRAS G12C-mutated locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have received at least one prior systemic therapy. This is the first BTD submission for Amgen in China, as well as the first under Amgen's strategic collaboration with BeiGene.

NSCLC is the most common form of lung cancer, accounting for approximately 80-85% of all cases worldwide.1 KRAS G12C is the most common KRAS mutation in NSCLC.2,3 The mutation is a biomarker of poor prognosis in Chinese NSCLC patients, which may be improved by G12C-specific inhibitors.4 Research has shown that about 3-5% have the KRAS G12C mutation – found most commonly in smokers.4,5

"Given that Breakthrough Therapy Designation is a new pathway in China, we are pleased to receive this designation for sotorasib," said David M. Reese, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. "This designation underscores the importance of sotorasib and we look forward to working with regulatory authorities in China to bring the first potential targeted therapy to NSCLC patients with the KRAS G12C mutation."

The Breakthrough Therapy Designation is supported by the positive CodeBreaK 100 Phase 2 results in patients with advanced NSCLC whose cancer had progressed despite prior treatment with chemotherapy and/or immunotherapy. In the study, treatment with sotorasib demonstrated durable anticancer activity with a positive benefit-risk profile.6 These results will be presented at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) 2020 World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) Presidential Symposium from 3:50-4 p.m. PST on Friday, Jan. 29.

The NMPA's BTD process is designed to expedite the development and review of therapies that are intended for the prevention or treatment of serious life-threatening diseases for which there is no existing treatment and where preliminary evidence indicates advantages of the therapy over available treatment options.7 This designation shows the potential for sotorasib to become the first targeted treatment available in China for KRAS G12C-mutated NSCLC.

Amgen has taken on one of the toughest challenges of the last 40 years in cancer research by developing sotorasib, the first KRASG12C inhibitor to enter the clinic.8 Sotorasib is being studied in the broadest clinical program exploring 10 combinations with global sites spanning across four continents. In just over two years, the sotorasib clinical trial program has also established the deepest clinical data set with nearly 700 patients studied across 13 tumor types.

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