Apollomics Announces Report of Activity of Vebreltinib in Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) with PTPRZ-MET Fusion
FOSTER CITY, Calif., Oct. 26, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Apollomics Inc. (Nasdaq: APLM) (the “Company”), today announced a report by the Veneto Institute of Oncology on the efficacy response of a patient treated with vebreltinib for GBM with PTPRZ-MET fusion, at the European Society of Medical Oncology Congress (ESMO) 2023, held in Madrid, Spain from October 20-24, 2023.
The patient with GBM with PTPRZ-MET fusion who had previously received radiotherapy and temozolomide, was reported to have an impressive Partial Response (PR) after 8 weeks of treatment with vebreltinib monotherapy during participation in the SPARTA study (NCT03175224).
“PTPRZ-MET fusions are known to cause aggressive forms of GBM and are associated with poor prognosis. We are pleased to achieve positive clinical results in patients with this deadly disease, further demonstrating the potential of vebreltinib as a new treatment for patients with cancers driven by MET alterations,” said Guo-Liang Yu, Ph.D., co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Apollomics. “We are also pleased with the progress in our vebreltinib development programs for treating solid tumors with various MET alterations.” While the company is encouraged by the results, this information may not be indicative of efficacy in a larger GBM patient population.
GBM with MET fusion is an indication pursued by Apollomics and its China partner, Avistone Biotechnology. Avistone sponsors an active-controlled phase 2/3 study of vebreltinib for the treatment of GBM with PTPRZ-MET fusion, and has been in communication with the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) regarding a supplemental New Drug Application (NDA) for this indication and has recently received priority review from the NMPA.
The ESMO 2023 conference presentation is available on the Apollomics website at https://ir.apollomicsinc.com/news-events/presentations.
About vebreltinib (APL-101)
Vebreltinib is a potent, small molecule, orally bioavailable and highly selective c-MET inhibitor. It works by inhibiting the aberrant activation of the HGF/c-MET axis, a key pathway involved in tumor growth, proliferation, and the development of resistance to certain targeted therapies such as osimertinib. Vebreltinib is under clinical development for treatment of solid tumors with Met alterations by Apollomics globally and by Avistone Biotechnology in China. Vebreltinib NDA for exon-14 skipping NSCLC is under review by NMPA in China.
About Apollomics Inc.
Apollomics Inc. is an innovative clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of oncology therapies with the potential to be combined with other treatment options to harness the immune system and target specific molecular pathways to inhibit cancer. Apollomics currently has a pipeline of nine drug candidates across multiple programs, six of which are currently in the clinical stage of development. Apollomics’ lead programs include vebreltinib (APL-101), a potent, selective c-Met inhibitor for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer and other advanced tumors with c-Met alterations, and uproleselan (APL-106), a specific E-Selectin antagonist that has the potential to be used adjunctively with standard chemotherapy to treat acute myeloid leukemia.
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