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Sorrento Announces Positive Phase IIa Study Results of Abivertinib for the Treatment of Relapsed/Refractory Marginal Zone Lymphoma (R/R MZL) and Its Plan for a Pivotal Phase III Study

July 5, 2023
  • Abivertinib is a novel Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor that irreversibly targets BTK. BTK inhibitors are a large category in cancer treatment, with multiple indications and generating over $10.6 billion per year revenue in 2022.
  • In this phase IIa study conducted in China, a total of 27 R/R MZL patients treated with Abivertinib were assessed and the overall response rate (ORR) was 59.3 % (16/27 patients) and among them, 3 patients had complete responses (CR) with a CR rate of 11.1% (3/27patients) and disease control rate (DCR) was 92.6%. To date, progression free survival (PFS) and duration of response (DOR) have not been reached.
  • Sorrento has communicated with the China Health Authority (National Medical Products Administration or NMPA) regarding the design of a pivotal phase III registration study of R/R MZL in China.

SAN DIEGO, July 05, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. (OTC: SRNEQ) today announced positive results from a China phase IIa study of Abivertinib on R/R MZL and its plan for a pivotal study.

Abivertinib is a pyrrolopyrimidine-based, mutant EGFR and BTK dual inhibitor with potential across multiple indications. BTK inhibitors are a large category in cancer treatment, with multiple indications and generating over $10.6 billion per year revenue in 2022.(1) Abivertinib inhibits BTK with IC50 value of 0.4 nM. Previously, a positive phase Ib study result of Abivertinib on B cell lymphoma was reported.(2) The phase IIa study on R/R MZL, a rare type of B cell lymphoma, was conducted in China in 27 R/R MZL patients. Abivertinib showed significant treatment benefits in 27 patients who were relapsed or refractory after multiple lines of treatment with an ORR of 59.3% (11.1% CR and 48.2% partial responses). This ORR is higher than the ORR of Ibrutinib (46%), which was first approved for the treatment of R/R MZL.(3) The DCR was 92.6% and to date, both PFS and DOR have not been reached. In the phase IIa study, Abivertinib was well-tolerated, and no severe bleeding, arrhythmia (atrial fibrillation/flutter) or hypertension were seen in these Abivertinib-treated patients. Given these early results, Abivertinib has a promising safety and efficacy profile to date, which has the potential for it to be preferable to the approved drug Ibrutinib.(3) Sorrento has communicated with the NMPA, and a consensus has been reached for a pivotal phase III registration study for the treatment of R/R MZL. The pivotal study will be a multicenter phase III study to assess the efficacy and safety of Abivertinib for treatment of relapsed/refractory marginal zone lymphoma. Sorrento will continue communicating with the NMPA to finalize the phase III protocol.

“We are very encouraged by the significant positive results of Abivertinib for the treatment of R/R MZL, which would be a second indication of Abivertinib for cancer treatment in addition to the potential treatment of resistant EGFR mutant positive non-small cell lung cancer,” said Dr. Henry Ji, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO of Sorrento.

About Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.

Sorrento is a clinical and commercial stage biopharmaceutical company developing new therapies to treat cancer, pain (non-opioid treatments), autoimmune disease, and COVID-19. Sorrento's multimodal, multipronged approach to fighting cancer is made possible by its extensive immuno-oncology platforms, including key assets such as next-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors (“TKIs”), fully human antibodies (“G-MAB™ library”), immuno-cellular therapies (“DAR-T™”), antibody-drug conjugates (“ADCs”), and oncolytic virus (“Seprehvec™”). Sorrento is also developing potential antiviral therapies and vaccines against coronaviruses, including STI-1558 and COVI-MSC™, and diagnostic test solutions, including COVIMARK™.

Sorrento's commitment to life-enhancing therapies for patients is also demonstrated by our effort to advance a TRPV1 agonist, non-opioid pain management small molecule, resiniferatoxin (“RTX”), and SP-102 (10 mg, dexamethasone sodium phosphate viscous gel) (SEMDEXA™), a novel, viscous gel formulation of a widely used corticosteroid for epidural injections to treat lumbosacral radicular pain, or sciatica, and to commercialize ZTlido® (lidocaine topical system) 1.8% for the treatment of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). RTX has been cleared for a phase II trial for intractable pain associated with cancer and a phase II trial in osteoarthritis patients. Positive final results from the phase III Pivotal Trial C.L.E.A.R. Program for SEMDEXA™, its novel, non-opioid product for the treatment of lumbosacral radicular pain (sciatica), were announced in March 2022. ZTlido® was approved by the FDA on February 28, 2018.

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