BeiGene, Ltd. announced that it has entered into an agreement with Novartis to regain worldwide rights to develop, manufacture, and commercialize TEVIMBRA (tislelizumab).
“We are excited to regain the global rights to TEVIMBRA, which enables us to build out our in-house solid tumor commercial capabilities and complements our deep pipeline presented at our recent R&D Day. With more than 12,000 patients enrolled in our TEVIMBRA global clinical trial program, we plan to rapidly accelerate our regulatory and development plans across a wider range of tumor types,” said John V. Oyler, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of BeiGene. “BeiGene will continue to work with Novartis on development, regulatory and manufacturing priorities. Novartis will manufacture TEVIMBRA for many markets worldwide and explore its potential in combination with their oncology assets.”
BeiGene has launched more than 20 potentially registration-enabling trials with TEVIMBRA, of which 10 Phase 3 randomized trials and four Phase 2 trials have already had positive readouts. Through these trials, TEVIMBRA has demonstrated its ability to safely deliver clinically meaningful improvements in survival benefits and quality of life for hundreds of thousands of cancer patients across a range of tumor types – in many cases, regardless of PD-L1 status – both as a monotherapy and in combination with other regimens. More than 750,000 patients have been prescribed TEVIMBRA to-date.
“TEVIMBRA is the backbone of our diverse solid tumor development pipeline focused on developing novel combination regimens with precision medicine targets – such as OX40, HPK1, and LAG3 – in our next wave immuno-oncology portfolio. It also nicely complements our diversified research portfolio, which includes additional modalities such as antibody drug conjugates and bispecific antibodies, many of which have blockbuster potential,” said Mark Lanasa, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer, Solid Tumors at BeiGene. “We are eager to continue to explore TEVIMBRA’s full potential to address unmet clinical needs around the world, including in combination with our deep and diverse solid tumor pipeline, which has over 20 immuno-oncology and targeted molecules that could be paired with TEVIMBRA to help more patients.”