AstraZeneca�s Imjudo (tremelimumab) was approved by FDA in combination with Imfinzi (durvalumab) for treating unresectable liver cancer. HCC is the most common type of liver cancer.
Imjudo (tremelimumab) is a human monoclonal antibody that targets the activity of cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4). Imjudo blocks the activity of CTLA-4, contributing to T-cell activation, priming the immune response to cancer and fostering cancer cell death.
The approval was based on positive results from a Phase III trial (HIMALAYA), which demonstrated that patients treated with the combination of Imjudo and Imfinzi experienced a 22% reduction in the risk of death compared to sorafenib, an oral kinase inhibitor used to treat late-stage liver cancer. The results of the Phase III trial also showed evidence that the combination therapy allowed an estimated 31% of patients to live three years after administration, compared to 20% of sorafenib-treated patients, who showed the same longevity.
Beyond HIMALAYA, Imjudo is being tested in combination with Imfinzi across multiple tumour types including locoregional HCC (EMERALD-3), SCLC (ADRIATIC) and bladder cancer (VOLGA and NILE).
Imjudo is also under review by global regulatory authorities in combination with Imfinzi and chemotherapy in 1st-line metastatic NSCLC based on the results of the POSEIDON Phase III trial, which showed the addition of a short course of Imjudo to Imfinzi plus chemotherapy improved both overall and progression-free survival compared to chemotherapy alone.
Janssen�s Tecvayli (teclistamab-cqyv) is a bispecific B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA)-directed CD3 T-cell engager indicated for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who have received at least four prior lines of therapy, including a proteasome inhibitor, an immunomodulatory agent and an anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody.