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LSKB ANNOUNCES MFDS APPROVAL TO INITIATE A PHASE I/IIA COMBINATION STUDY OF RIVOCERANIB AND PACLITAXEL AT ASAN MEDICAL CENTER (
SALT LAKE CITY, USA, Oct 1st, 2018 — LSK BioPharma (LSKB, Company) announced that the South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) has approved a Phase I/IIa study protocol to investigate the combination of rivoceranib and paclitaxel, “A Phase I/IIa Study to Evaluate the Safety, Tolerability and Preliminary Efficacy of Rivoceranib in Combination with Paclitaxel in Advanced Gastric or Gastroesophageal Junction Cancer.” The study will take place at Asan Medical Center in South Korea under the direction of Dr. Yoon-Koo Kang.
“Asan Medical Center has been a key site in our pivotal Phase 3 gastric cancer trial for advanced and metastatic patients. We are excited to add this combination therapy trial at the same center with Professor Kang to investigate the use of rivoceranib in earlier stage patients,” said Dr. Sung Chul Kim, LSKB President.
The study is expected to enroll its first patients in October 2018.
About Rivoceranib (Apatinib)
Rivoceranib is the first successful small-molecule angiogenesis inhibitor in gastric cancer. Rivoceranib acts by inhibiting angiogenesis, a critical process in cancer growth and proliferation. Specifically, rivoceranib selectively inhibits VEGFR-2 which mediates the primary pathway for tumor-mediated angiogenesis. It was approved in China (advanced gastric cancer, Dec 2014) where it is marketed by the Chinese-territory license-holder Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine Co., Ltd. LSK BioPharma, which holds the global rights (ex-China). The Company is currently conducting a global (12 countries including US, Japan, Korea, Italy, Germany, and Russia) Phase 3 clinical trial of rivoceranib in advanced or metastatic gastric cancer patients. Rivoceranib has been clinically tested in over 1,000 patients worldwide and has demonstrated efficacy in numerous cancers including gastric cancer, CRC, HCC, NSCLC, esophageal cancer, thyroid cancer, mesothelioma, and neuroendocrine tumors. It has also shown potential to significantly improve outcomes in combination with chemotherapeutics and immunotherapy, as well as for maintenance therapy. LSKB has received notification designating rivoceranib as an orphan medicinal product for the treatment of gastric cancer from the European Commission in the European Union, the US FDA, as well as the MFDS in South Korea.