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Array BioPharma Announces FDA Acceptance of Binimetinib NDA for Patients with Advanced NRAS-Mutant Melanoma
BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Array BioPharma (Nasdaq: ARRY) today announced that the FDA has accepted its New Drug Application (NDA) for binimetinib with a target action date under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) of June 30, 2017. Array completed its NDA submission of binimetinib in late June 2016 based on findings from the pivotal Phase 3 NEMO (NRAS MELANOMA AND MEK INHIBITOR) trial in patients with NRAS-mutant melanoma. The FDA also indicated that it plans to hold an advisory committee meeting (ODAC) as part of the review process. As previously reported, Array is currently preparing for an Application Orientation Meeting (AOM) with the FDA in September 2016, which it expects will include a discussion of the NDA package including clinical risk / benefit.

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"There are very few treatment advances beyond immunotherapy for this devastating disease, which impacts one out of five advanced melanoma patients," said Victor Sandor, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Array BioPharma. "Binimetinib is the first and only MEK inhibitor to demonstrate improvement on progression free survival in a Phase 3 trial for NRAS mutant melanoma patients."
Source: press release, 9/01/16.


Array BioPharma Submits Binimetinib New Drug Application to U.S. FDA

First-ever NDA filing for Array

BOULDER, Colo., June 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Array BioPharma (Nasdaq: ARRY) today announced the submission of a New Drug Application (NDA) for binimetinib in patients with advanced NRAS-mutant melanoma to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The submission is based on results of the pivotal Phase 3 NEMO (NRAS MELANOMA AND MEK INHBITOR) study, which found binimetinib significantly extended median progression-free survival (PFS), the study's primary endpoint, as compared with dacarbazine.

Array BioPharma.
"The new drug application for binimetinib represents Array's first – an important milestone for this promising compound and our Company," said Ron Squarer, Chief Executive Officer, Array BioPharma. "NRAS-mutant melanoma represents an often overlooked subset of advanced disease without meaningful treatment options beyond immunotherapy and NEMO is the first-ever trial to meet a PFS endpoint in this population. We look forward to working with the FDA as they evaluate our application and the potential for binimetinib as a treatment option for these patients."

In the NEMO study, binimetinib significantly extended median PFS at 2.8 months, as compared with 1.5 months observed with dacarbazine [hazard ratio (HR)=0.62 (95% CI 0.47-0.80), p<0.001] in patients with advanced NRAS-mutant melanoma. In the pre-specified subset of patients who received prior treatment with immunotherapy, including ipilimumab, nivolumab or pembrolizumab, patients who received binimetinib experienced 5.5 months of median PFS (95% CI, 2.8–7.6), compared with 1.6 months for those receiving treatment with dacarbazine (95% CI, 1.5–2.8).

Mr. Squarer added, "While the results in the pre-specified sub-group of patients who had received prior treatment with immunotherapy are of interest, interpretation beyond overall consistency with the primary result should be made with care. Array anticipates that the primary consideration for marketing approval will be the results for the primary endpoint of the trial."

In addition to improving PFS, binimetinib also demonstrated significant improvement in overall response rate (ORR) and disease control rate (DCR). While there was no statistically significant difference demonstrated in overall survival, the median overall survival (mOS) favored the binimetinib arm.

Confirmed ORR was 15 percent (95% CI, 11-20 percent) in patients receiving binimetinib vs. 7 percent (95% CI, 3-13 percent) in patients receiving dacarbazine.
DCR for patients receiving binimetinib was 58 percent (95% CI, 52-64 percent) vs. 25 percent (95% CI, 18-33 percent) for patients receiving dacarbazine.
mOS was estimated at 11.0 months in patients receiving binimetinib vs. 10.1 months for patients treated with dacarbazine [(HR) = 1.0 (95% CI 0.75-1.33), p=0.499].
Under the NEMO protocol, and in accordance with accepted statistical practice, the subgroup analyses of OS are formally conducted only if the key secondary endpoint of OS reached statistical significance.

Binimetinib was generally well-tolerated and the adverse events (AEs) reported were consistent with previous results in NRAS-mutant melanoma patients. Grade 3/4 AEs reported in greater than or equal to 5 percent of patients receiving binimetinib included increased creatine phosphokinase (CPK) and hypertension.

The NEMO results were presented at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Congress earlier in June.
Source: press release, 6/30/16.


Compound/DeviceSpecialtyIndicationCompound ClassTarget
Binimetinib (ARRY-162) MelanomaOncologyMelanoma (metastatic)MEK protein kinase inhibitorMEK protein kinase

Mechanism of action: Binimetinib (ARRY-162), a SM-inhibitor, interferes with cancer cell proliferation by disruption of the Ras/Raf/MEK/ERK cell proliferation and survival pathway via small molecule inhibition of the MEK protein kinase.

Phase of Development: Filed

Event Type: Regulatory FDA: PDUFA DATE

Dates: 2017-06-30

Results: Pending