XBiotech submits MAA for candidate colorectal cancer therapy to European Medicines Agency

XBiotech submits MAA for candidate colorectal cancer therapy to European Medicines Agency

XBiotech has submitted its Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for its candidate therapy (Xilonix) for advanced colorectal cancer to the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Submission of the MAA for Xilonix is necessary for the Company to gain approval to sell the drug in European Union member nations.

The Company, which only recently was granted eligibility to submit its MAA through the Centralised Procedure, has made a remarkably quick turnaround for delivery of the extensive MAA documentation needed for the EMA review.

XBiotech CEO John Simard said: “With submission of the Marketing Authorization Application, we now look forward to the review process.”

Few agents are reliably able to mediate durable responses in metastatic disease. And many agents have significant trade-offs in terms of side effects. In patients with advanced disease, often weakened from successive rounds of cytotoxic therapy, the risk-benefit associated with further therapy is often questionable.

Based on novel objective response (OR) criteria, developed by XBiotech in conjunction with the EMA’s Scientific Advice Working Group, the candidate therapy subject of the MAA was recently evaluated in a Phase III clinical study for the ability to control disease-related symptoms that inversely correlate with survival.

The Company believes using the symptom-based objective response criteria will allow better assessment of overall benefit from therapy in advanced cancer patients.

Source: Company Press Release

Published 10 March 2016

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March 10, 2016 / Pharma News