Ipsen’s Onivyde SCLC Dreams Die With Phase III Failure, Focus Shifts To Pancreatic
Stumble In Plans To Expand Label
The French firm’s Onivyde has missed the mark in an advanced small-cell lung cancer Phase III trial, prompting the firm to tout the drug’s prospects in a large pancreatic cancer indication instead.
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The French firm unveiled data from its pancreatic cancer trial showing Onivyde plus chemotherapy improved median PFS by just over a month compared with current treatment of choice but failed to beat its overall survival benchmark.
The French firm’s Onivyde has succeeded as part of a combination regimen in chemotherapy-naïve pancreatic cancer patients, setting it up for a label expansion, but some experts are keen to see survival data in full before raising guidance.
After CEO David Loew declared again that Ipsen would be very active in the dealmaking space, Ipsen is paying $45m upfront to access two immuno-oncology candidates from Marengo and bagged an ERK inhibitor from AGV Discovery.