Updated on 13 August 2015
ASLAN001 is currently being tested in phase 2 studies in breast cancer and cholangiocarcinoma
Singapore: ASLAN Pharmaceuticals, Singapore based biotech company focused on the development of immunotherapies and targeted agents for Asia prevalent tumour types, has recieved orphan drug designation for pan-HER inhibitor ASLAN001 (varlitinib) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Orphan Products Development (OOPD).
The indication for the Orphan Drug Designation is cholangiocarcinoma, a rare and very aggressive form of bile duct cancer which has no cure.
The FDA awards Orphan Drug Designation to advance the evaluation and development of drugs and products that demonstrate promise for the diagnosis and/or treatment of rare diseases or conditions. The OOPD evaluates scientific and clinical data submissions from sponsors to identify and designate products as promising for rare diseases and to further advance scientific development of such promising medical products. Orphan Drug Designation will provide ASLAN certain incentives including extended marketing exclusivity to develop ASLAN001 in cholangiocarcinoma.
ASLAN001 is currently being tested in phase 2 studies in breast cancer and cholangiocarcinoma. Studies in gastric cancer are also being planned.
"Cholangiocarcinoma is a very rare cancer in the USA, but one of the big killers in Asia. We became excited by some cases with remarkable responses in patients with cholangiocarcinoma taking part in our earlier studies with ASLAN001," said Dr Bertil Lindmark, chief scientific officer, ASLAN.