Indications: chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST)
Developed by Ascentage Pharma with support from the National Major New Drug Discovery and Manufacturing program, the orally active, third-generation BCR-ABL inhibitor olverembatinib is the first China-approved third-generation BCR-ABL inhibitor targeting drug-resistant chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Olverembatinib can effectively target a spectrum of BCR-ABL mutants, including the T315I mutation.
In October 2020, olverembatinib was granted the Priority Review status by the Center for Drug Evaluation (CDE) in China for the treatment of adult patients resistant to TKIs and with T315I-mutant chronic phase CML (CML-CP) and accelerated phase CML (CML-AP). In March 2021, it was granted the Breakthrough Therapy designation by the CDE. In overseas, olverembatinib was cleared by the US FDA in July 2019 to directly enter a Phase Ib study. In May 2020, olverembatinib was sequentially granted an Orphan Drug designation and Fast Track designation by the US FDA. In November 2021, olverembatinib was granted an Orphan Designation by the European Union. Furthermore, since 2018, the clinical results of olverembatinib have been selected for oral presentations at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meetings for four consecutive years, and was nominated for “Best of ASH” in 2019. (Olverembatinib has not been approved for any indication in the US.)
In July 2021, Ascentage Pharma and Innovent Biologics (1801.HK) reached the agreement regarding the joint development and commercialization of olverembatinib in China.