Zymeworks Inc. (NYSE: ZYME), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing multifunctional biotherapeutics, today announced the upcoming presentation of mature Phase 2 data evaluating zanidatamab in combination with chemotherapy as first-line treatment for HER2-positive gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma (GEA) at the ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, taking place in San Francisco, CA and virtually on January 19-21, 2023.
The GEA cohort of this Phase 2 clinical trial (NCT03929666) was fully recruited as of March 1, 2022 with clinical trial sites in the United States, Canada, Chile and South Korea. Enrollment into the biliary tract cancer and colorectal cancer cohorts of the trial continues. The Phase 2 data in GEA supports zanidatamab development in the Phase 3 HERIZON-GEA-01 study, evaluating zanidatamab in combination with chemotherapy with or without tislelizumab for the first-line treatment of HER2-positive GEA (NCT05152147).
The poster presentation will be available on Thursday, January 19, 2023 on the conference website as well as the Zymeworks website.
Title: Zanidatamab + chemotherapy as first-line treatment for HER2-expressing metastatic gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma (mGEA)
Lead Author: Elena Elimova, MD, MSc, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada
Poster Session A: Cancers of the Esophagus and Stomach and Other GI Cancers
Zanidatamab is a bispecific antibody, based on Zymeworks' Azymetric™ platform, that can simultaneously bind two non-overlapping epitopes of HER2, known as biparatopic binding. This unique design results in multiple mechanisms of action including dual HER2 signal blockade, increased binding and removal of HER2 protein from the cell surface, and potent effector function leading to encouraging antitumor activity in patients. Zymeworks is developing zanidatamab in multiple Phase 1, Phase 2 and pivotal clinical trials globally as a targeted treatment option for patients with solid tumors that express HER2. Zymeworks has entered into separate agreements with each of BeiGene, Ltd. (BeiGene) and Jazz Pharmaceuticals Ireland Limited (Jazz), granting each of BeiGene and Jazz with exclusive rights to develop and commercial zanidatamab throughout various counties around world.
About Zymeworks Inc.
Zymeworks is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of next-generation multifunctional biotherapeutics. Zymeworks’ suite of therapeutic platforms and its fully integrated drug development engine enable precise engineering of highly differentiated product candidates. Zymeworks’ lead clinical candidate, zanidatamab, is a novel Azymetric™ HER2-targeted bispecific antibody currently being evaluated in multiple Phase 1, Phase 2, and pivotal clinical trials globally as a targeted treatment option for patients with solid tumors that express HER2. Zymeworks’ second clinical candidate, zanidatamab zovodotin (ZW49), is a novel bispecific HER2 ‑targeted antibody-drug conjugate currently in Phase 1 clinical development and combines the unique design and antibody framework of zanidatamab with Zymeworks’ proprietary ZymeLink™ linker and cytotoxin. Zymeworks is also advancing a deep preclinical pipeline in oncology (including immuno-oncology agents) and other therapeutic areas. In addition, its therapeutic platforms are being leveraged through strategic partnerships with global biopharmaceutical companies. For more information on our ongoing clinical trials visit www.zymeworksclinicaltrials.com. For additional information about Zymeworks, visit www.zymeworks.com and follow @ZymeworksInc on Twitter.
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