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June 1, 2014
16:17 EDTNKTRNektar announces new data from Phase 2 study of NKTR-102
Nektar Therapeutics announced new data from an investigator-sponsored Phase 2 study of NKTR-102, etirinotecan pegol, in patients with Avastin-refractory high-grade glioma conducted at Stanford Cancer Institute under the direction of Lawrence Recht, M.D., Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, with co-investigator Seema Nagpal, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford School of Medicine. The primary endpoint was met and exceeded with fifty-five percent of patients in the study achieving six-week progression-free survival. Response and disease progression were assessed by RANO criteria in the trial. Three patients, or 15%, achieved partial responses with NKTR-102 monotherapy with maximum percent reductions in tumor area of 86%, 72%, and 59%. An additional eight patients, or 40%, achieved stable disease as best response. Two of the three patients with RANO responses experienced a long duration of response of 14 and 20 months. Secondary endpoints include median progression-free survival, median survival from time of first NKTR-102 infusion and median overall survival from date of pathologic diagnosis or confirmation of high-grade glioma. NKTR-102 monotherapy was well-tolerated in patients with Avastin-refractory high-grade glioma with low toxicity in spite of being heavily pre-treated and neurologically symptomatic. Only one patient had Grade 3 toxicity attributable to NKTR-102 as a result of not taking anti-diarrheal medication. Hematologic toxicity was mild. As of May 31, there is one patient in the study who is continuing on NKTR-102 monotherapy.
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April 16, 2015
09:03 EDTNKTRBaxter submits application to Japan's MHLW for approval of BAX 855
Baxter International (BAX) announced that the company has submitted a new drug application to Japanís Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for the approval of BAX 855, an investigational, extended half-life recombinant factor VIII treatment based on ADVATE for patients over 12 years of age with hemophilia A. The submission follows the filing to the United States Food and Drug Administration in late 2014 and is based on positive results from a prospective, global, Phase 3 study of 137 previously treated patients. The results, presented during the European Association for Haemophilia and Allied Disorders meeting in February 2015, demonstrated that BAX 855 met its primary endpoint in the control and prevention of bleeding episodes and routine prophylaxis for patients who were 12 years or older. Baxter continues to advance a continuation study for patients who completed the pivotal trial and a Phase 3 study among previously treated patients under the age of 12 with severe hemophilia A. Once the pediatric study has been completed, the company expects to file for marketing authorization with the European Medicines Agency in 2016 and intends to seek post-approval label expansion in the U.S. for previously-untreated pediatric patients. BAX 855 is based on ADVATE, a full-length FVIII molecule with more than 12 years of real-world experience. Through a collaboration with Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR), BAX 855 leverages proprietary pegylation technology designed to extend the duration of activity of the protein in the body. This proprietary technology has been used for over 10 years in a number of approved medicines that treat chronic or serious conditions.

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