CheckMate -77T represents the company’s second positive Phase 3 trial with an immunotherapy-based combination for the treatment of non-metastatic non-small cell lung cancer
Positive results reinforce improved efficacy now seen in six Phase 3 trials with Opdivo-based treatments in earlier-stage cancers, including lung cancer, bladder cancer, esophageal/gastroesophageal junction cancer and melanoma
PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Bristol Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) today announced the Phase 3 CheckMate -77T trial met its primary endpoint of improved event-free survival (EFS) as assessed by Blinded Independent Central Review (BICR) in patients with resectable stage IIA to IIIB non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In a prespecified interim analysis, the perioperative regimen of neoadjuvant Opdivo (nivolumab) with chemotherapy followed by surgery and adjuvant Opdivo showed a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in EFS compared to neoadjuvant chemotherapy and placebo followed by surgery and adjuvant placebo. The safety profile of this Opdivo-based regimen was consistent with previously reported studies in NSCLC.
“We’ve seen tremendous scientific advancements in the treatment of non-metastatic non-small cell lung cancer in recent years, and remain committed to researching new solutions that may help even more patients achieve better long-term outcomes,” said Abderrahim Oukessou, M.D., vice president, thoracic cancers global program lead, Bristol Myers Squibb. “Taken together with the data from our CheckMate -816 trial - which led to Opdivo being the only anti-PD-1 with an approval in the neoadjuvant setting - today’s results reinforce our leadership in resectable non-small cell lung cancer and add to our legacy of transformational science in thoracic cancers. We thank the patients and investigators involved in the trial who have allowed us to advance our understanding of the importance of immunotherapy in treating patients’ cancer in earlier stages.”
The company will complete a full evaluation of the available data from CheckMate -77T and looks forward to sharing the results with the scientific community at an upcoming medical conference as well as discussing with health authorities. The trial is currently ongoing to assess overall survival (OS), a secondary endpoint.
To date, Opdivo and Opdivo-based combinations have shown improved efficacy in the neoadjuvant, adjuvant or perioperative treatment of four tumor types: lung cancer, bladder cancer, esophageal/gastroesophageal junction cancer and melanoma.
About CheckMate -77T
CheckMate -77T is a Phase 3 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-center trial evaluating neoadjuvant Opdivo with chemotherapy followed by surgery and adjuvant Opdivo versus neoadjuvant chemotherapy and placebo followed by surgery and adjuvant placebo in 452 patients with resectable stage IIA to IIIB non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The primary endpoint of the trial is event-free survival (EFS). Secondary endpoints include overall survival (OS), pathologic complete response (pCR) and major pathologic response (MPR).
About Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths globally. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is one of the most common types of lung cancer, representing up to 84% of diagnoses. Non-metastatic cases account for the majority of NSCLC diagnoses (approximately 60%, with up to half of these being resectable), and the proportion is expected to grow over time with enhanced screening programs. While many non-metastatic NSCLC patients are cured by surgery, 30% to 55% develop recurrence and die of their disease despite resection, contributing to a need for treatment options administered before surgery (neoadjuvant) and/or after surgery (adjuvant) to improve long-term outcomes.