Bristol-Myers Squibb Reported that European Medicines Agency Validates and Grants Accelerated Assessment of Marketing Authorization Application for Empliciti
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and AbbVie reported the European Medicines Agency (EMA) validated for review the Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for Empliciti, an investigational Signaling Lymphocyte Activation Molecule (SLAMF7)-directed immunostimulatory antibody, for the treatment of multiple myeloma as combination therapy in adult patients who have received one or more prior therapies.
The application was granted accelerated assessment by the EMA's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP).
According to a media release, Bristol-Myers Squibb and AbbVie are co-developing Empliciti, with Bristol-Myers Squibb solely responsible for commercial activities. Bristol-Myers Squibb has proposed the name Empliciti which, if approved by health authorities, will serve as the trade name for elotuzumab.
"The MAA validation marks a significant milestone in Bristol- Myers Squibb's mission to advance the science and impact the treatment of hematologic malignancies through our Immuno-Oncology leadership," said Michael Giordano, MD, senior vice president, head of Oncology Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb. "We believe the CHMP's acceptance for an accelerated assessment reflects the need for a new treatment option for multiple myeloma, a largely incurable disease. We are proud to be one step closer to bringing Empliciti to patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma in Europe."
The MAA is primarily supported by data from two randomized clinical trials, each combining Empliciti with a different standard of care regimen for multiple myeloma. ELOQUENT-2, a Phase 3, randomized, open-label study, evaluated Empliciti in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone versus lenalidomide and dexamethasone alone. The results of this trial were published in The New England Journal of Medicine on June 2. Additionally, a Phase 2, randomized, open-label study (Study CA004-009) evaluated Empliciti with bortezomib and dexamethasone versus bortezomib and dexamethasone alone. These Phase 2 results were presented in an oral session (Abstract #S103) at the 20th Congress of the European Hematology Association (EHA).
Empliciti previously obtained orphan drug designation in the European Union (EU). An orphan medicinal product must be intended for the treatment, prevention or diagnosis of a disease that is life threatening and chronically debilitating; the prevalence in the EU must not be more than five in 10,000. The medicine must be of significant benefit to those affected by the condition. If maintained, orphan drug designation allows sponsors to access a number of incentives including protocol assistance and receive market exclusivity for a ten-year period following approval.
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