"The initiation of our phase 3 study of nemvaleukin in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer is an important milestone for the nemvaleukin clinical development program and reflects our commitment to focusing on the high unmet need of patients living with difficult-to-treat cancers such as platinum-resistant ovarian cancer," said
ARTISTRY-7 is a global phase 3, open-label, randomized study designed to evaluate the anti-tumor activity and safety of IV nemvaleukin in combination with pembrolizumab compared to investigator's choice chemotherapy, with additional nemvaleukin and pembrolizumab monotherapy arms, in patients with platinum-resistant epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer. The primary endpoint of ARTISTRY-7 is progression-free survival as assessed by the investigator, based on Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) 1.1. Additional endpoints include objective response rate, overall survival, disease control rate, duration of response, time to response, cancer antigen-125 response, pharmacokinetics (PK)/ pharmacodynamics (PD) and safety. The study is expected to enroll approximately 376 patients. Patients will be randomized to one of four treatment arms to receive nemvaleukin and pembrolizumab combination therapy, pembrolizumab monotherapy, nemvaleukin monotherapy, or investigator's choice chemotherapy.
More information can be found at www.clinicaltrials.gov (NCT05092360, GOG-3063, ENGOT-ov68)
About Nemvaleukin Alfa (nemvaleukin)
Nemvaleukin is an investigational, novel, engineered fusion protein comprised of modified interleukin-2 (IL-2) and the high affinity IL-2 alpha receptor chain, designed to preferentially expand tumor-killing immune cells while avoiding the activation of immunosuppressive cells by selectively binding to the intermediate-affinity IL-2 receptor complex. The selectivity of nemvaleukin is designed to leverage the proven anti-tumor effects of existing IL-2 therapy while mitigating certain limitations.
About the ARTISTRY Clinical Development Program
ARTISTRY is an Alkermes-sponsored clinical development program evaluating nemvaleukin as a potential immunotherapy for cancer. The ARTISTRY program is comprised of multiple clinical trials evaluating intravenous and subcutaneous dosing of nemvaleukin, both as a monotherapy and in combination with the anti-PD-1 therapy KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) in patients with advanced solid tumors. Ongoing trials in the ARTISTRY program include: ARTISTRY-1, ARTISTRY-2, ARTISTRY-3, ARTISTRY-6 and ARTISTRY-7.
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Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements set forth in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including, but not limited to, statements concerning: the potential therapeutic value of nemvaleukin, whether as monotherapy or in combination, as a cancer immunotherapy for the treatment of difficult-to-treat cancers such as platinum-resistant ovarian cancer (PROC); plans for the design and conduct of ARTISTRY-7; and plans to provide updates from ARTISTRY-7 and to advance nemvaleukin toward potential registration. You are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain. Although the company believes that such statements are based on reasonable assumptions within the bounds of its knowledge of its business and operations, the forward-looking statements are neither promises nor guarantees and they are necessarily subject to a high degree of uncertainty and risk. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements due to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, whether nemvaleukin, whether used as monotherapy or in combination, could be shown to be unsafe or ineffective; whether preclinical results and data from ongoing clinical studies for nemvaleukin, will be predictive of future or final results from such studies, results of future clinical studies or real-world results; whether future clinical trials or future stages of ongoing clinical trials for nemvaleukin will be initiated or completed on time or at all; changes in the cost, scope and duration of, and clinical trial operations for, development activities for nemvaleukin, including changes relating to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on such operations and activities; and those risks and uncertainties described under the heading "Risk Factors" in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
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