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WALTHAM, Mass., Sept. 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TESARO, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSRO), an oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company, today announced it has initiated the second stage of the JASPER study that is designed to assess clinical benefit of ZEJULA® in combination with an anti-PD-1 antibody in first-line non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. The decision to advance the trial was based on achieving the protocol defined response criteria in the initial cohort of 16 treated patients with high PD-L1 expression, of which 14 were evaluable for a response. Nine of the 14 patients had objective responses by RECIST criteria at the time of the analysis1; with all 14 patients experiencing tumor shrinkage.
“These JASPER data provide preliminary evidence that the combination of ZEJULA and an anti-PD-1 antibody could be active as a first-line treatment for patients with non-small cell lung cancer and high levels of PD-L1 expression,” said Mary Lynne Hedley, Ph.D., President and COO of TESARO. “In the second stage of the trial, 36 additional patients will be enrolled and treated with ZEJULA in combination with TSR-042, our anti-PD-1 antibody. TSR-042 is the foundation of our lung cancer strategy, and is also being studied as a monotherapy in our GARNET trial in anti-PD-(L)1 naïve patients who have progressed on chemotherapy, and in combination with TSR-022, our anti-TIM-3 antibody, in AMBER, a study in late-line NSCLC patients that have progressed after anti-PD-(L)1 therapy. We look forward to sharing lung cancer data from both GARNET and AMBER at the Society for the Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Annual Meeting in November.”
About the JASPER Clinical Trial
JASPER is a Phase 2, open-label, single arm trial designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of ZEJULA in combination with an anti-PD-1 antibody for the treatment of first-line NSCLC. Patients were enrolled in stage 1 of the study and received a starting dose of 200 milligrams of niraparib once per day and 200 milligrams Q3 weeks of an anti-PD-1 antibody. The primary endpoint of stage 1 of the study was objective response rate (ORR) per RECIST. Other endpoints include durability of response, disease control rate, progression free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS) and safety and tolerability.
About ZEJULA® (Niraparib)
Niraparib is marketed in the United States and Europe under trade name ZEJULA®. ZEJULA (niraparib) is a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor indicated for the maintenance treatment of adult patients with recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer who are in a complete or partial response to platinum-based chemotherapy. In preclinical studies, ZEJULA concentrates in the tumor relative to plasma, delivering greater than 90% durable inhibition of PARP 1/2 and a persistent antitumor effect.
ZEJULA (niraparib) Select Important Safety Information
Myelodysplastic Syndrome/Acute Myeloid Leukemia (MDS/AML) was reported in patients treated with ZEJULA in some clinical studies. Discontinue ZEJULA if MDS/AML is confirmed.
Hematologic adverse reactions (thrombocytopenia, anemia and neutropenia) have been reported in patients treated with ZEJULA. Do not start ZEJULA until patients have recovered from hematological toxicity caused by previous chemotherapy (≤ Grade 1). Monitor complete blood counts weekly for the first month, monthly for the next 11 months of treatment, and periodically after this time.
Hypertension and hypertensive crisis have been reported in patients treated with ZEJULA. Monitor blood pressure and heart rate monthly for the first year and periodically thereafter during treatment with ZEJULA. Closely monitor patients with cardiovascular disorders, especially coronary insufficiency, cardiac arrhythmias, and hypertension.
Based on its mechanism of action, ZEJULA can cause fetal harm. Advise females of reproductive potential of the potential risk to a fetus and to use effective contraception during treatment and for six months after receiving the final dose. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in breastfed infants from ZEJULA, advise a lactating woman not to breastfeed during treatment with ZEJULA and for one month after receiving the final dose.
TESARO is an oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the lives of cancer patients by acquiring, developing and commercializing safer and more effective therapeutics. For more information, visit www.tesarobio.com.
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1 Includes both confirmed and unconfirmed responses.