Seattle Genetics (SGEN) Announces FDA Granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to ADCETRIS for Frontline Peripheral T-Cell Lymphomas

November 15, 2018 8:02 AM EST

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Seattle Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq: SGEN) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to ADCETRIS (brentuximab vedotin) for previously untreated systemic anaplastic large cell lymphoma or other CD30-expressing peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCL), including angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma and PTCL not otherwise specified, in combination with CHP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, and prednisone). The positive topline results of the phase 3 ECHELON-2 clinical trial were announced in October 2018, followed by the submission of a supplemental Biologics License Application (BLA) to the FDA in November 2018. Additional data will be presented at the upcoming American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting, December 1-4, 2018 in San Diego, Calif. ADCETRIS is an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) directed to CD30, which is expressed on the surface of several types of PTCL. ADCETRIS is currently not approved for the frontline treatment of PTCL.

The FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy Designation is intended to expedite the development and review of promising drug candidates for serious or life-threatening conditions. It is based upon clinical evidence of substantial improvement over existing therapies on one or more clinically significant endpoints.

“Data from the ECHELON-2 phase 3 trial of ADCETRIS in combination with chemotherapy showed superior progression-free survival and overall survival versus the standard of care chemotherapy regimen, CHOP, in the treatment of frontline CD30-expressing peripheral T-cell lymphomas,” said Clay Siegall, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Seattle Genetics. “This is the third Breakthrough Therapy Designation for ADCETRIS and supports our goal to make this therapy available to patients with newly diagnosed peripheral T-cell lymphomas as soon as possible. We look forward to presenting the data from our phase 3 ECHELON-2 trial at the upcoming ASH Annual Meeting.”

This Breakthrough Therapy Designation was based on data from the phase 3 ECHELON-2 clinical trial evaluating the combination of ADCETRIS plus CHP versus the control arm, CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, prednisone), in previously untreated CD30-expressing PTCL. The ECHELON-2 study met its primary endpoint demonstrating a statistically significant improvement in progression-free survival (PFS) of ADCETRIS in combination with CHP versus CHOP as assessed by an Independent Review Facility (IRF; hazard ratio=0.71; p-value=0.0110). The ADCETRIS plus CHP arm also demonstrated superior overall survival (OS), a key secondary endpoint, compared to CHOP (hazard ratio=0.66; p-value=0.0244). All other key secondary endpoints, including PFS in patients with systemic anaplastic large cell lymphoma (sALCL), complete remission rate and objective response rate were statistically significant in favor of the ADCETRIS plus CHP arm. The safety profile of ADCETRIS plus CHP in the ECHELON-2 trial was comparable to CHOP and consistent with the established safety profile of ADCETRIS in combination with chemotherapy.

ECHELON-2 Phase 3 Clinical Trial Design

The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial is investigating ADCETRIS plus CHP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, prednisone) versus CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, prednisone) as frontline therapy in patients with CD30-expressing peripheral T-cell lymphoma, also known as mature T-cell lymphoma. The primary endpoint is progression-free survival (PFS) per Independent Review Facility assessment, with events defined as progression, death, or receipt of chemotherapy for residual or progressive disease. Secondary endpoints include PFS in patients with systemic anaplastic large cell lymphoma (sALCL), complete remission rate, overall survival and objective response rate, in addition to safety. The multi-center trial was conducted at sites across North America, Europe and Asia and was designed to enroll 450 patients, approximately 75 percent of whom were to be diagnosed with sALCL. The ECHELON-2 trial is being conducted under a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) agreement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the trial also received European Medicines Agency (EMA) scientific advice.

Please see Important Safety Information, including Boxed Warning, at the end of this press release.

About T-Cell Lymphomas

Lymphoma is a general term for a group of cancers that originate in the lymphatic system. There are two major categories of lymphoma: Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. There are more than 60 subtypes of non-Hodgkin lymphomas which are broadly divided into two major groups: B-cell lymphomas, which develop from abnormal B-lymphocytes, and T-cell lymphomas, which develop from abnormal T-lymphocytes. There are many different forms of T-cell lymphomas, some of which are extremely rare. T-cell lymphomas can be aggressive (fast-growing) or indolent (slow-growing). PTCL accounts for approximately 10 percent of non-Hodgkin lymphoma cases in the U.S. and Europe and may be as high as 24 percent in parts of Asia.



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