Y-mAbs' (YMAB) DANYELZA for the Treatment of High-Risk Neuroblastoma Approved in China
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Y-mAbs Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company” or “Y-mAbs”) (Nasdaq: YMAB) a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel, antibody-based therapeutic products for the treatment of cancer, today announced that the National Medical Products Administration (“NMPA”) in China has granted DANYELZA (naxitamab-gqgk) 40mg/10ml conditional approval. DANYELZA will be marketed in China by Y-mAbs’ partner SciClone Pharmaceuticals (Holdings) Limited (“SciClone Pharmaceuticals”).
DANYELZA is a humanized, monoclonal antibody that targets the ganglioside GD2, which is highly expressed in various neuroectoderm-derived tumors and sarcomas. DANYELZA is administered to patients three times in a week in an outpatient setting and the treatment is repeated every four weeks.
DANYELZA is indicated, in combination with granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (“GM-CSF”), for the treatment of pediatric patients 1 year of age and older and adult patients with relapsed or refractory high-risk neuroblastoma in the bone or bone marrow who have demonstrated a partial response, minor response, or stable disease to prior therapy. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefits in a confirmatory trial, Study 201, where no less than 10 patients shall be enrolled in China.
“Today is an important day for children living with refractory/relapsed high-risk neuroblastoma in China. It’s very exciting to see this treatment conditionally approved in such a substantial territory after a solid joint effort by our Chinese partner SciClone Pharmaceuticals and the development team at Y-mAbs,” said Thomas Gad, founder, President and Interim CEO.
Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (“MSK”) developed DANYELZA, which is exclusively licensed by MSK to Y-mAbs. MSK has institutional financial interests related to the compound and Y-mAbs.
About DANYELZA® (naxitamab-gqgk)
DANYELZA® (naxitamab-gqgk) is indicated, in combination with granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (“GM-CSF”), for the treatment of pediatric patients 1 year of age and older and adult patients with relapsed or refractory high-risk neuroblastoma in the bone or bone marrow who have demonstrated a partial response, minor response, or stable disease to prior therapy. This indication was approved under accelerated approval based on overall response rate and duration of response. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefits in a confirmatory trial. DANYELZA® includes a Boxed Warning for serious infusion-related reactions, such as cardiac arrest and anaphylaxis, and neurotoxicity, such as severe neuropathic pain and transverse myelitis. See full Prescribing Information for complete Boxed Warning and other important safety information.
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