China NMPA Approves Tislelizumab for Patients with Microsatellite Instability-High or Mismatch Repair-Deficient Solid Tumors

14 March 2022 | Monday | News

Tislelizumab is now approved in seven indications in China
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-BeiGene, Ltd. , a global, science-driven biotechnology company focused on developing innovative and affordable medicines to improve treatment outcomes and access for patients worldwide, today announced that the China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) has granted conditional approval to BeiGene’s anti-PD-1 antibody, tislelizumab, for the treatment of adult patients with advanced unresectable or metastatic microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) or mismatch repair deficient (dMMR) solid tumors, including:

  • Patients with advanced colorectal cancer (CRC) who had been treated with fluoropyrimidine, oxaliplatin and irinotecan; and
  • Other advanced solid tumors who develop disease progression after prior treatment and have no satisfactory alternative treatment options.

“Results from the clinical trial of tislelizumab in patients with MSI-H and dMMR solid tumors demonstrated that tislelizumab’s treatment effect was consistent and durable across tumor types and endpoints. We are proud of this approval in China as it underscores our ongoing commitment to pursuing the full potential of tislelizumab and expanding its access where there is unmet medical need,” commented Mark Lanasa, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Solid Tumors, at BeiGene.

“With seven approved indications in China, our 3,100+ science-based commercial team is working to make tislelizumab more broadly available to those who may benefit from this important immunotherapy,” commented Xiaobin Wu, Ph.D., President, Chief Operating Officer, and General Manager of China, at BeiGene. “Today’s approval is a great step for patients in China with MSI-H and dMMR solid tumors.”

“In the pivotal Phase 2 trial, we observed consistent responses across tumor types with tislelizumab and it was generally well tolerated,” said Lin Shen, Ph.D., Vice President at the Beijing Cancer Hospital, and the principal investigator of the trial. “The NMPA’s approval of tislelizumab is welcoming news to patients with MSI-H and dMMR solid tumors, which are particularly prevalent among the many patients with cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. We are pleased to have a tissue-agnostic treatment approach with tislelizumab now available to those patients in need.”

This approval was supported by clinical results from a single-arm, multi-center, open-label, pivotal Phase 2 clinical trial (NCT03736889) to evaluate efficacy and safety of tislelizumab as monotherapy in patients with previously treated locally advanced unresectable or metastatic MSI-H or dMMR solid tumors, with an enrollment of 80 patients in China. Patients received tislelizumab 200 mg intravenously every three weeks until disease progression, unacceptable toxicity, or withdrawal. The primary endpoint of this trial is objective response rate (ORR) as assessed by independent review committee (IRC) per RECIST v1.1; secondary endpoints include time to response (TTR), duration of response (DoR), disease control rate (DCR), and progression-free survival (PFS) as assessed by investigator and IRC, overall survival (OS), and safety and tolerability. Results of this study were presented at the 2021 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting.


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