SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pharmacyclics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCYC) today announced that it has entered into a master clinical drug supply agreement with Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) to evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib), an oral Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor, in combination with GAZYVA® (obinutuzumab), a new CD20-directed antibody that attacks targeted cells both directly and together with the body's immune system, in patients with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia/Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma (CLL/SLL). The agreement allows for multiple studies to be considered and conducted. Initially, a Phase 3 study will be conducted by Pharmacyclics in CLL/SLL. Plans to evaluate the combination for NHL currently are in development. IMBRUVICA is being jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics and Janssen Biotech, Inc.
Both products are approved and marketed for the treatment of CLL. IMBRUVICA is used to treat CLL in patients who have received one prior therapy, and in CLL patients with deletion of the short arm of chromosome 17 (del 17p CLL), including treatment naive and previously treated del 17p CLL patients. GAZYVA is used with the chemotherapy drug, chlorambucil, to treat CLL in patients with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The use of these products in combination is investigational only.
"We are committed to evaluating the potential activity of IMBRUVICA as a single agent and in combination with other agents to determine the benefits that IMBRUVICA may provide through a variety of uses across several hematologic malignancies," said Bob Duggan, Chairman & CEO, Pharmacyclics. "We look forward to a rewarding and productive partnership with Roche to evaluate our product with GAZYVA in order to deliver new treatment options to patients with NHL and CLL."
The study of the investigational combination of IMBRUVICA and GAZYVA through several investigator-sponsored trials also is being considered. Additional details of the agreement were not disclosed.
IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) is a first-in-class, oral, once-daily therapy that inhibits a protein called Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK). BTK is a key signaling molecule in the B-cell receptor signaling complex that plays an important role in the survival and spread of malignant B cells. IMBRUVICA blocks signals that tell malignant B cells to multiply and spread uncontrollably.
IMBRUVICA is approved for the treatment of patients with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) who have received at least one prior therapy, and for the treatment of CLL patients with del 17p, a genetic mutation that occurs when part of chromosome 17 has been lost.
IMBRUVICA is also approved for the treatment of patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) who have received at least one prior therapy. Accelerated approval was granted for the MCL indication based on overall response rate (ORR). Improvements in survival or disease-related symptoms have not been established. Continued approval for the MCL indication may be contingent upon verification of clinical benefit in confirmatory trials.
IMBRUVICA is being studied alone and in combination with other treatments in several blood cancers including CLL, MCL, Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia (WM), DLBCL, FL and multiple myeloma (MM). Approximately 3,500 patients have received IMBRUVICA in clinical trials conducted in 35 countries by more than 800 investigators around the world. As of June 30, 2014, 12 Phase 3 trials have been initiated with IMBRUVICA and approximately 50 trials are registered on www.clinicaltrials.gov. The overall clinical development program in CLL currently includes seven Phase 3 trials and covers all lines of therapy and various combinations of treatments.
IMBRUVICA was one of the first medicines to receive U.S. FDA approval via the new Breakthrough Therapy Designation pathway, and is the only product to have received three Breakthrough Therapy Designations. IMBRUVICA is jointly developed and commercialized by Janssen Biotech, Inc. and Pharmacyclics.
IMBRUVICA is indicated to treat people with:
- Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) who have received at least one prior therapy
- Accelerated approval was granted for this indication based on overall response rate. Improvements in survival or disease-related symptoms have not been established. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification of clinical benefit in confirmatory trials.
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who have received at least one prior therapy
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) with 17p deletion
IMBRUVICA - IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Warnings and Precautions include hemorrhage, infection, cyptopenias, atrial fibrillation, second primary malignancies, and embryo-fetal toxicity.
The most common adverse reactions include thrombocytopenia, diarrhea, neutropenia, anemia, fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, peripheral edema, upper respiratory tract infection, nausea, bruising, dyspnea, constipation, rash, abdominal pain, pyrexia, vomiting, and decreased appetite.
For additional important safety information, please see Full Prescribing Information at www.imbruvica.com/downloads/Prescribing_Information.pdf.
For important safety information about GAZYVA, please see the GAZYVA Full Prescribing Information.
Pharmacyclics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCYC) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative small-molecule drugs for the treatment of cancer and immune mediated diseases. The company's mission is to build a viable biopharmaceutical company that designs, develops and commercializes novel therapies intended to improve quality of life, increase duration of life, and resolve serious unmet medical needs. It will do so by identifying and controlling promising product candidates based on scientific development and administrative expertise, developing its products in a rapid, cost-efficient manner and, pursuing commercialization and/or development partners when and where appropriate.
Pharmacyclics markets IMBRUVICA and has three product candidates in clinical development and several preclinical molecules in lead optimization. The company is committed to high standards of ethics, scientific rigor, and operational efficiency as it moves each of these programs to commercialization. Pharmacyclics is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. To learn more, visit www.pharmacyclics.com.
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IMBRUVICA is a registered trademark of Pharmacyclics, Inc.
GAZYVA is a registered trademark of Genentech, Inc.
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