Wednesday, February 10, 2021

FDA Approves Klisyri (tirbanibulin) for the Treatment of Actinic Keratosis on the Face or Scalp

Athenex, Inc., (NASDAQ: ATNX), a global biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel therapies for the treatment of cancer and related conditions,   announced  the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)   approval of Klisyri (tirbanibulin) for the topical treatment of actinic keratosis (AK) on the face or scalp. Klisyri is the first FDA approved branded proprietary product for Athenex and will be launched in partnership with Almirall in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2021. Klisyri will be manufactured by Athenex, highlighting the vertically integrated capabilities of the company ranging from a preclinical lead to a developed product for market launch.




“The FDA approval of Klisyri is a significant milestone for Athenex. Klisyri is a home-grown product discovered and characterized by Athenex scientists and developed from pre-IND to NDA by the Athenex team. We are extremely proud of our team’s excellent execution,” said Dr. Johnson Lau, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Athenex. “Approval demonstrates our ability to execute upon the entirety of the drug development and registration process. We are excited to partner with Almirall to bring this first-in-class microtubule inhibitor to patients with actinic keratosis in the US.”

Dr. Rudolf Kwan, Chief Medical Officer of Athenex added, “The FDA approval of tirbanibulin ointment represents a first-in-class microtubule inhibitor for the treatment of actinic keratosis. We believe this small molecule platform has the potential beyond actinic keratosis and are leveraging the platform to develop therapies for other oncology indications.”

Mr. Peter Guenter, CEO of Almirall, stated, “We are delighted to partner with Athenex to market Klisyri in the U.S. and in Europe. This approval from the FDA represents a new option for Dermatologists and marks an important further step for Actinic Keratosis patients. What makes this new therapy particularly exciting is the 5-day course of treatment and its good tolerability. We look forward to the launch of Klisyri in the US in the first quarter of 2021.”

The FDA approved Klisyri based on the data from two pivotal, randomized, double-blind, vehicle-controlled Phase III studies (KX01-AK-003 and KX01-AK-004) that evaluated the efficacy and safety of Klisyri (tirbanibulin) ointment 1% in 702 adults with actinic keratosis of the face or scalp. Tirbanibulin demonstrated complete clearance of actinic keratosis lesions at day 57 in treated face or scalp areas in a significantly higher number of patients compared to vehicle. The most common adverse events were application site pruritus and pain reported by 9% and 10% of treated patients, respectively.

Actinic keratosis is a pre-cancerous skin lesion and is the second most common diagnosis made by dermatologists in the United States. If left untreated, 10-15% of AK lesions will develop into skin cancers.

Athenex has partnered with Almirall (Almirall, S.A., BME: ALM) to market Klisyri for the treatment of actinic keratosis on the face or scalp in the US and EU (including Russia) markets. In addition to the partnership with Almirall, Athenex has partnered with PharmaEssentia (6446.TWO) for actinic keratosis in Taiwan and has partnered with Xiangxue Pharmaceuticals (SHE:300147) for actinic keratosis in China, Hong Kong, and Macau.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tirbanibulin


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