May 19, 2021
  • Overall survival and radiographic PFS from phase III study of investigational radioligand therapy 177Lu-PSMA-617 VISION trial of patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer to be presented at ASCO plenary
  • New Kisqali (ribociclib)* overall survival data from extended follow-up of MONALEESA-3 trial in patients with postmenopausal HR+/HER2- advanced or metastatic breast cancer
  • Phase II results for oral, targeted factor B inhibitor iptacopan (LNP023) as first line monotherapy in anti-C5 treatment-naïve patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria
  • Updated efficacy and safety results from pivotal ELARA trial of Kymriah® (tisagenlecleucel) in relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma
  • Data demonstrate Novartis innovation for patients and strength of its four therapeutic platforms: targeted therapies, radioligand therapy, cell and gene therapy and immunotherapy

Basel, May 19, 2021 — Novartis will present new data from its portfolio of approved and investigational targeted, radioligand, cell and gene and immunotherapies at the upcoming 2021 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting and the 2021 European Hematology Association (EHA) Virtual Congress. More than 110 abstracts, including Novartis-sponsored and investigator-initiated trials, will be presented at the meetings.

“Our bold ambition is to extend and improve the lives of those living with cancer and serious blood disorders, and ultimately find cures,” said Susanne Schaffert, PhD, President, Novartis Oncology. “These exciting data from across our four therapeutic platforms illustrate how we are uniquely positioned to deliver transformative innovations that may bring renewed hope for patients.”

Key highlights of data accepted by ASCO:

  • Efficacy and safety results from Phase III VISION study of investigational targeted radioligand therapy 177Lu-PSMA-617
    • Phase 3 study of 177Lu-PSMA-617 in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (VISION) [Abstract #LBA4; oral presentation (plenary): Sunday, June 6, 1:00 PM EDT]

  • Kisqali® (ribociclib)* overall survival analysis from MONALEESA-3
    • Updated overall survival (OS) results from the Phase III MONALEESA-3 trial of postmenopausal patients (pts) with HR+/HER2− advanced breast cancer (ABC) treated with fulvestrant (FUL) ± ribociclib (RIB) [Abstract #1001; oral presentation: Saturday, June 5, 1:30 PM EDT]

  • Piqray® (alpelisib) long-term disease control data from SOLAR-1
    • Long-term (LT) Disease Control in Patients (pts) With Hormone Receptor-Positive (HR+), PIK3CA-Altered Advanced Breast Cancer (ABC) Treated With Alpelisib (ALP) + Fulvestrant (FUL) [Abstract #1054; poster session: Friday, June 4, 9:00 AM EDT]

  • Kymriah® (tisagenlecleucel) updated efficacy and safety results from Phase II ELARA trial in patients with relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma
    • Efficacy and Safety of Tisagenlecleucel (Tisa-cel) in Adult Patients (Pts) With Relapsed/Refractory Follicular Lymphoma (r/r FL): Primary Analysis of the Phase 2 ELARA Trial [ASCO: Abstract #7508; oral presentation: Monday, June 7, 11:30 AM EDT] / [EHA encore: Abstract #S210; oral presentation: Friday, June 11, 9:00 AM CEST]

  • Investigational agent tislelizumab** RATIONALE 302 pivotal data in advanced/unresectable metastatic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma and Phase II data in patients with MSI-H or dMMR solid tumors
    • RATIONALE 302: Randomized, phase 3 study of tislelizumab versus chemotherapy as second-line treatment for advanced unresectable/metastatic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma [Abstract #4012; poster discussion: Friday, June 4, 9:00 AM EDT]
    • A phase 2 study of tislelizumab monotherapy in patients with previously treated, locally advanced unresectable or metastatic microsatellite instability-high/mismatch repair deficient solid tumors [Abstract #2569; poster discussion: Friday, June 4, 9:00 AM EDT]

  • Early data demonstrating innovation in solid tumors with novel assets TNO155 and NIS793; further combination studies and NIS793 Phase III planned to start later this year
    • Initial results from a dose finding study of TNO155, a SHP2 inhibitor, in adults with advanced solid tumors [Abstract #3005; oral abstract: Friday, June 4, 11:00 AM EDT]
    • Phase Ib study of the anti-TGF-β monoclonal antibody (mAb) NIS793 combined with spartalizumab (PDR001), a PD-1 inhibitor, in patients (pts) with advanced solid tumors [Abstract #2509; poster session: Friday, June 4, 9:00 AM EDT]

  • Analysis of pyrexia-related and efficacy outcomes with new pyrexia management algorithm in patients with stage III BRAF-mutation positive melanoma treated with adjuvant Tafinlar® (dabrafenib) and Mekinist® (trametinib)
    • Improved pyrexia-related outcomes associated with an adapted pyrexia adverse event (AE) management algorithm in patients (pts) treated with adjuvant dabrafenib + trametinib (dab + tram): Primary results of COMBI-APlus [Abstract #9525; poster session: Friday, June 4, 9:00 AM EDT]

  • Tabrecta® (capmatinib)*** updated analysis from Phase II GEOMETRY mono-1 trial
    • Capmatinib in MET exon 14-mutated, advanced NSCLC: Updated results from the GEOMETRY mono-1 study [Abstract #9020; poster session: Friday, June 4, 9:00 AM EDT]

  • Lutathera® (lutetium Lu 177 dotatate)**** final overall survival data from Phase III NETTER-1 study in adults with somatostatin receptor-positive midgut neuroendocrine tumors
    • Final overall survival in the phase 3 NETTER-1 study of 177Lu-DOTATATE in patients with midgut neuroendocrine tumors [Abstract #4112; poster session: Friday, June 4, 9:00 AM EDT]

Key highlights of data accepted by EHA:

  • Iptacopan (LNP023) efficacy and safety results from Phase II oral monotherapy trial as first-line treatment in patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria
    • First-Line Treatment of PNH Patients With Iptacopan Leads to Rapid and Durable Hemoglobin Increase by Controlling Both Intra- and Extra-Vascular Hemolysis [Abstract #S173; oral presentation: Friday, June 11, 9:00 AM CEST]

  • Subgroup analyses of REACH2 trial evaluating Jakavi® (ruxolitinib)***** in acute graft-versus-host disease
    • Efficacy and Safety of Ruxolitinib in Patients With Steroid-Refractory Acute Graft-Vs-Host Disease After Crossover in the Phase 3 REACH2 Study [Abstract #S236; oral presentation: Friday, June 11, 9:00 AM CEST]

  • Results from X2105 study of sabatolimab (MBG453), a novel immuno-myeloid therapy targeting TIM-3, in patients with a myelodysplastic syndromes and acute myeloid leukemia
    • Sabatolimab Plus Hypomethylating Agents (HMAs) in Patients (Pts) With High-/Very High-risk Myelodysplastic Syndrome (HR/vHR-MDS) and Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML): Subgroup Analysis of a Phase 1 Study [Abstract #S168; oral presentation: Friday, June 11, 9:00 AM CEST]

  • Safety and efficacy results from the Phase II SOAR trial evaluating Promacta®/Revolade® (eltrombopag) in patients with severe acquired aplastic anemia who cannot use ATG
    • An Interventional, Phase 2, Single-Arm Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of Eltrombopag Combined with Cyclosporine as First-Line Therapy in Adults with Severe Acquired Aplastic Anemia (SOAR) [Abstract #S172; oral presentation: Friday, June 11, 9:00 AM CEST]

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* Kisqali was developed by the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) under a research collaboration with Astex Pharmaceuticals.
** In January 2021 BeiGene granted Novartis rights to develop, manufacture, and commercialize tislelizumab in North America, Europe, and Japan through a collaboration and license agreement.
*** Tabrecta is an oral and selective MET inhibitor licensed to Novartis by Incyte Corporation in 2009. Under the Agreement, Incyte granted Novartis worldwide exclusive development and commercialization rights to capmatinib and certain back-up compounds in all indications.
**** Lutathera is a registered trademark of Advanced Accelerator Applications, a Novartis company.
***** Jakavi is a registered trademark of Novartis AG in countries outside the United States. Jakafi is a registered trademark of Incyte Corporation. Novartis licensed ruxolitinib from Incyte Corporation for development and commercialization outside the United States.

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