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September 27, 2021 – U.S. Food and Drug Administration Accepts Bristol Myers Squibb’s Applications for Opdivo (nivolumab) + Yervoy (ipilimumab) and Opdivo + Chemotherapy for Unresectable Advanced, Recurrent or Metastatic Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

PRINCETON, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Bristol Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the supplemental Biologics License Applications (sBLA) for both Opdivo® (nivolumab) in combination with Yervoy (ipilimumab) and Opdivo in combination with fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-containing chemotherapy as first-line treatments for adult patients with unresectable advanced, recurrent or metastatic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), based on results from the CheckMate -648 trial. The FDA assigned a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date of May 28, 2022.

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September 16, 2021 – Zanidatamab Phase 2 Clinical Trial Demonstrates Promising Response Rate and Durability in First-Line HER2-Positive Gastroesophageal Adenocarcinoma (GEA) at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Annual Congress

VANCOUVER, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Zymeworks Inc. (NYSE: ZYME), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing multifunctional biotherapeutics, today announced that new clinical data for zanidatamab, a HER2‑targeted bispecific antibody, demonstrate promising response rates and durability in first-line HER2-positive GEA. These data were presented today by lead study investigator, Geoffrey Ku, M.D., Medical Oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), at the ESMO Annual Congress.

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September 12, 2021 – Zymeworks Announces Abstract for Zanidatamab in First-line HER2‑Expressing Gastroesophageal Cancers (GEA) at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Annual Congress

Vancouver, British Columbia – Zymeworks Inc. (NYSE: ZYME), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing multifunctional biotherapeutics, today announced the publication of an abstract highlighting new clinical data for zanidatamab, a HER2‑targeted bispecific antibody, in first-line HER2-expressing GEA. An updated and expanded data set will be presented at the ESMO Annual Congress taking place virtually on September 16-21, 2021.


April 10, 2021 – Zymeworks Showcases Preclinical Assets, Including New Therapeutic Platform, ProTECT™, and Zanidatamab Mechanisms of Action at AACR Annual Meeting

Zymeworks Inc. (NYSE: ZYME), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing multifunctional biotherapeutics, today announced
five presentations at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting. The presentations highlight preclinical data that reveal new insights into the unique mechanisms of action of lead clinical candidate, zanidatamab, introduce Zymeworks’ fourth therapeutic platform, ProTECT™, and describe two new preclinical assets focused on the cytokine, IL-12, and the immune-oncology target, 4-1BB.

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January 12, 2021 – Taiho Oncology and Servier to Present Data on LONSURF® (trifluridine and tipiracil) at 2021 ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium

PRINCETON, N.J., January 12, 2021 – Taiho Oncology, Inc. and Servier today announced that data for LONSURF® (trifluridine and tipiracil) in previously treated patients with metastatic gastric cancer (mGC) and metastatic gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma (mGEJC) will be presented during the 2021 American Society of Clinical Oncology Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium (ASCO GI), taking place virtually from January 15-17, 2021.

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November 1, 2020 – Taiho Oncology Joins Advocacy Organizations to Support Patients and Caregivers During Gastric Cancer Awareness Month

Taiho Oncology, Inc., today announced partnerships with advocacy organizations on education programs and resources to support patients living with gastric (stomach) cancer and their caregivers as part of Gastric Cancer Awareness Month (GCAM). Patients with stomach cancer require nutritious foods in order to help them recover from treatment and maintain strength; the pandemic has had a devastating impact on access to food for some people, making maintaining healthy nutrition even more of a challenge.

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March 20, 2020 – Care of Individuals with Cancer During COVID-19

ASCO invited its members to submit questions about issues and challenges they see emerging while caring for individuals with cancer in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, limited clinical cancer-specific data are available and information is evolving. The following information is based on evidence gathered through a PubMed searches of the medical literature, a search of relevant websites with information on infectious diseases (CDC, WHO, IDSA, etc.), and input provided by clinical oncologists and infectious disease experts. ASCO will update this information as new questions emerge and evidence develops.

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January 30, 2020 – Family History of Gastric Cancer and Helicobacter Pylori Treatment

Helicobacter pylori infection and a family history of gastric cancer are the main risk factors for gastric cancer. Whether treatment to eradicate H. pylori can reduce the risk of gastric cancer in persons with a family history of gastric cancer in first-degree relatives is unknown.

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January 15, 2020 – Early-Onset Gastric Cancer, Distinct From Traditional Disease, On The Rise In US

Incidence of early-onset gastric cancer that is clinically and genetically distinct from late-onset disease has increased steadily in the United States, an “alarming phenomenon” that warrants further research, according to a study published in Surgery.

“There is an increasing trend of young patients diagnosed with gastric cancer, but without any of the traditional risk factors of gastric cancer. We wanted to find out why we are seeing this and what we might be able to do about it,” Travis E. Grotz, MD, surgical oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told Healio.

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January 6, 2020 – Leap, BeiGene to Develop Immunotherapy for Gastric Cancer

US based Leap Therapeutics, Inc. a biotechnology company developing targeted immuno-oncology therapeutics, and China headquartered BeiGene, Ltd., a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative molecularly-targeted and immuno-oncology drugs for the treatment of cancer, on 3 Jan 2020 announced an exclusive option and license agreement for the clinical development and commercialization of DKN-01, Leap’s anti-Dickkopf-1 (DKK1) antibody, in Asia (excluding Japan), Australia, and New Zealand.

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