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ASLAN Pharmaceuticals Provides Update on Timelines for Clinical Trial of Varlitinib in Biliary Tract Cancer in China
Management will host a conference call and webcast today, Monday, 17 September at 8:30am ET/8:30pm SGT
Based on a review of patients recruited to-date and discussions with key investigators, it was agreed that a protocol amendment should be submitted to local authorities to modify enrolment criteria and to ensure the study will provide an accurate evaluation of varlitinib’s efficacy. Review and implementation of the voluntary amendment is expected to take approximately 4 months. In the interim, ASLAN will continue to recruit patients into the study and provide a further update on study timelines in early 2019.
ASLAN’s global pivotal study in second line BTC, TREETOPP, remains on track to complete patient enrolment in early 2019. TREETOPP is a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial in second line BTC comparing varlitinib and capecitabine to placebo and capecitabine. If positive, data from the TREETOPP study will be used in regulatory approval submissions for varlitinib globally.
Patients enrolled into the second line study in China appear to have performed significantly worse, prior to recruitment, in the first line setting than observed in published global studies. In the first 27 patients enrolled, the first line response rate was approximately 7% and progression free survival (PFS) was 2.7 months. In comparison, the ABC-021 study that compared cisplatin plus gemcitabine to gemcitabine alone, the current standard of care for first line treatment of patients with advanced BTC, showed a first line response rate of 26% and PFS of 8 months for patients on cisplatin and gemcitabine.
In the 14 patients that received a 6-week scan in the study, 1 partial response and 6 patients with stable disease were reported based on site assessment. For the same 14 patients in the first line setting, there were 2 partial responses and 4 patients with stable disease.
Dr Mark McHale, Chief Operating Officer, ASLAN Pharmaceuticals said: “Based on our team’s experience developing drugs such as gefitinib and afatinib that showed differences in outcomes between US and Chinese patients, we have been monitoring the China study closely. This has allowed us to identify significant differences in the patient population compared to historical studies and take measures to ensure this study will provide an accurate evaluation of varlitinib’s efficacy. Single-arm studies are inherently prone to these risks and we do not see any impact on our other ongoing placebo-controlled studies. We are working closely with some of China’s leading biliary tract cancer experts to understand the differences in disease outcomes we are seeing.”
ASLAN Pharmaceutical’s management will host a conference call and webcast for analysts and investors on Monday, 17 September at 8:30am ET/8:30pm SGT.
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Conference ID: 1148366
A live webcast of the call will be available online in the investor relations section of the company website at www.aslanpharmaceuticals.com and will be archived there for 30 days.
|Emma Thompson |
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About varlitinib (ASLAN001)
Varlitinib (ASLAN001) is a highly potent, oral, reversible, small molecule pan-HER inhibitor that targets the human epidermal growth factor receptors HER1, HER2 and HER4. These receptors can be mutated or overexpressed in many tumors, which can cause excessive proliferative activity and uncontrolled growth. Therefore, by inhibiting the activation of the HER receptors, varlitinib could inhibit proliferation and control tumor growth. Varlitinib is currently being studied in gastric, biliary tract, breast and colorectal cancers. Varlitinib has been granted orphan drug designation in the United States for gastric cancer and cholangiocarcinoma, a sub-type of biliary tract cancer, and was awarded orphan drug designation for the treatment of biliary tract cancer by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in South Korea.
About ASLAN Pharmaceuticals
ASLAN Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ASLN, TPEx:6497) is a clinical-stage oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics for global markets. ASLAN targets diseases that are both highly prevalent in Asia and orphan indications in the United States and Europe. Led by a senior management team with extensive experience in global and regional development and commercialisation, ASLAN is headquartered in Singapore and has offices in Taiwan and China. ASLAN’s portfolio is comprised of four product candidates which target validated growth pathways applied to new patient segments, novel immune checkpoints and novel cancer metabolic pathways. ASLAN’s partners include Array BioPharma, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Almirall and CSL. For additional information please visit www.aslanpharma.com.
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