Posts tagged mutations
QLT and Aegerion Pharma to merge

QLT (NASDAQ:QLTI; TSX:QLT) and Aegerion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AEGR) have entered into a definitive merger agreement, with the resulting company to be renamed, Novelion Therapeutics.

Under the accord, each outstanding share of Aegerion common stock will be exchanged for 1.0256 shares of QLT common stock.

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ARIAD reports updated data in pivotal ALTA study

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ARIA) has reported updated clinical data for brigatinib, its investigational anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) inhibitor, from the pivotal ALTA trial in patients who had experienced disease progression on crizotinib therapy.

The data show that, of patients on the 180 mg regimen (Arm B) with a median follow-up of 8.3 months, 54% achieved a confirmed objective response, the trial’s primary endpoint. In this arm, the median progression free survival exceeded one year (12.9 months) in this post-crizotinib setting.

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ARIAD Pharma initiates Phase 1/2 trial in NSCLC

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ARIA) has initiated a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of AP32788, an investigational tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) designed as a targeted therapy for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with specific mutations in EGFR or HER2.

AP32788 targets tumors driven by EGFR or HER2 kinases and was designed to achieve selective inhibition of these kinases with exon 20 mutations. There are currently no approved targeted treatment options available for the approximately 4% to 9% of EGFR-mutated lung tumors with exon 20 insertion mutations in NSCLC patients.

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