Amgen's Bemarituzumab Scores Breakthrough Therapy Tag For Gastric, GEJ Cancers

  • The FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to Amgen Inc's AMGN bemarituzumab for patients with gastric and gastroesophageal (GEJ) adenocarcinoma.
  • The designation covers bemarituzumab as first-line treatment of fibroblast growth factor receptor 2b, overexpressing and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative, metastatic and locally advanced GEJ adenocarcinoma in combination with modified FOLFOX6 (fluoropyrimidine, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin).
  • Following sotorasib, bemarituzumab is the second asset in Amgen's oncology portfolio to receive Breakthrough Therapy Designation in the past six months.
  • The designation is designed to expedite the development and regulatory review of medicines that may demonstrate substantial improvement on a clinically significant endpoint over available medications.
  • Bemarituzumab is a targeted antibody that is designed to block fibroblast growth factors from binding and activating FGFR2b, inhibiting several downstream pro-tumor signaling pathways and potentially slowing cancer progression.
  • Zai Lab Ltd ZLAB was granted an exclusive license to develop and commercialize bemarituzumab in Greater China.
  • Price Action: AMGN shares closed 0.1% higher at $255.9 on Monday.
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