· Two peer reviewed abstracts on Phase II clinical data with bemcentinib
accepted for presentation at ASCO 2019
· Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) trial of bemcentinib in combination with
pembrolizumab, data to be presented includes safety, response rates and overall
· Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) trial of bemcentinib in combination with low
dose AraC chemotherapy or decitabine reported safety and rapid, durable complete
Bergen, Norway, 15 May 2019 - BerGenBio ASA (OSE: BGBIO) a clinical-stage
biopharmaceutical company developing novel, selective AXL kinase inhibitors for
multiple cancer indications, notes the publication of abstracts relating to new
interim clinical and biomarker data that the company and its collaborators will
present from its extensive Phase II clinical development programme with
bemcentinib at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical
Oncology (ASCO) at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois (31 May - 4 June 2019).
The abstracts have been made available online at abstracts.asco.org today and
details of the presentations are below.
The posters presented at ASCO will be made available at www.bergenbio.com in the
Investors / Presentations section to coincide with the following conference
Sunday 2 June, 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM Central Daylight Time
A Phase II study of bemcentinib (BGB324), a first-in-class highly selective AXL
inhibitor, with pembrolizumab in patients with advanced NSCLC: OS for stage I
and preliminary stage II efficacy.
· Enriqueta Felip et al
· Session: Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell Metastatic
· Location: Hall A, poster board #421, abstract 9098
· Phase II clinical trial assessing bemcentinib in combination with
pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA) in advanced lung cancer patients post chemotherapy.
· The combination treatment of bemcentinib and pembrolizumab was overall well
· Promising clinical activity continues to be seen overall, particularly in
patients with AXL positive tumours including those with weak or no PD-L1
· Updated results will be reported at the meeting, including the 12-month
overall survival for stage 1 and preliminary efficacy of Stage 2.
Monday 3 June, 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM Central Daylight Time
First-in class selective AXL inhibitor bemcentinib (BGB324) in combination with
low dose AraC (LDAC) or decitabine exerts anti-leukaemia activity in AML pts
unfit for intensive chemotherapy: Phase II open-label study.
· Dr Sonja Loges et al
· Session: Hematologic Malignancies - Leukaemia, Myelodysplastic Syndromes,
· Location: Hall A, poster board #418, abstract 7043
· Bemcentinib in combination with LDAC exerted early onset and durable
responses in patients with both de novo and relapsed AML, whilst the combination
of bemcentinib and decitabine exerted comparably fewer and later responses in de
· Both combinations were generally well-tolerated.
· Updated results will be presented.
Richard Godfrey, Chief Executive Officer of BerGenBio, commented: "We are
encouraged by the promising data that continues to emerge from our clinical
development programme with bemcentinib in AML and NSCLC. Following the data that
was gathered in January, we have expanded our clinical programmes in both
indications and, together with our investigators, look forward to providing
further important findings at ASCO.
"Most NSCLC patients in Europe now receive anti-PD(L)-1 therapies like KEYTRUDA
as a first- or second-line treatment for their advanced disease. Improving
responses to these novel agents, particularly in patients with no or limited
expression of PD-L1, who may not have benefitted from such therapies, is
significant. Similarly, positive responses in a less fit AML patient population
considered to have unfavourable prognosis after the failure of first-line
therapies, or those with high risk cytogenetics is very encouraging."
BerGenBio is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing
transformative drugs targeting AXL as a potential cornerstone of therapy for
aggressive diseases, including immune-evasive, therapy resistant cancers. The
company's proprietary lead candidate, bemcentinib, is a potentially first-in
-class selective AXL inhibitor in a broad Phase II oncology clinical development
programme focussed on combination and single agent therapy in lung cancer and
leukaemia. A first-in-class functional blocking anti-AXL antibody is undergoing
Phase I clinical testing. In parallel, BerGenBio is developing a companion
diagnostic test to identify those patient populations most likely to benefit
from bemcentinib: this is expected to facilitate more efficient registration
trials supporting a precision medicine-based commercialisation strategy.
BerGenBio is based in Bergen, Norway with a subsidiary in Oxford, UK. The
company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker: BGBIO). For more
information, visit www.bergenbio.com
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