BerGenBio to present interim phase II clinical, preclinical and biomarker data with selective AXL inhibitor bemcentinib at ESMO

Bergen, Norway, 9 October 2018 - BerGenBio ASA (OSE:BGBIO) announces that the company and its collaborators will present interim clinical and biomarker data from its Phase II clinical programme with bemcentinib (BGB324), a first-in-class highly selective oral AXL inhibitor at the ESMO 2018 Congress in Munich (19 - 23 October 2018). 

Pre-clinical data on the role of AXL inhibition in Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) will also be presented. Details of the presentations are below. 

The posters will be made available at in the Investors / Presentations section at the time of presentation and full abstracts will be made available online according to ESMO's embargo schedule:

Poster presentations at ESMO:

Sunday 21 October, 11:15 - 12:15, Hall B3 - Room 21

Predictive and Pharmacodynamic Biomarkers Associated with Phase II, selective and orally bioavailable AXL Inhibitor Bemcentinib Across Multiple Clinical Trials

  • Robert Holt, PhD et al
  • Poster Discussion session – Translational research 2
  • Invited discussant: 11:15 – 11:45
  • Presentation number: 63PD

Sunday 21 October, 12:45 – 13:45, Hall A3 - Poster Area

Update on the randomised Phase Ib/II study of the selective small molecule AXL inhibitor bemcentinib (BGB324) in combination with either dabrafenib/trametinib or pembrolizumab in patients with metastatic melanoma

  • Cornelia Schuster, MD, PhD et al
  • Poster display session - Melanoma and other skin tumours
  • Presentation number: 1266P

Sunday 21 October, 16:30 - 17:45, Hall B3 - Room 21

The identification of the AXL/Gas6 signalling axis as a key player of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and the potential of the oral selective AXL inhibitor bemcentinib in the treatment of MDS

  • Hind Medyouf, PhD et al
  • Poster Discussion session – Haematological malignancies
  • Invited discussant: 16:30 – 16:55
  • Presentation number: 1009PD

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About the ESMO Congress

The ESMO Congress is the leading European meeting for medical oncology convening over 20,000 international delegates from the field. ESMO 2018 will be held in Munich, Germany 19– 23 October 2018. 

About BerGenBio’s Companion Diagnostics programme

In parallel with its phase II clinical trial programme, BerGenBio explores predictive biomarker candidates with the aim to develop a companion diagnostic to identify patients most likely to benefit from bemcentinib treatment.  

Thus far, the company reported strong correlation with response of both plasma soluble AXL levels and the presence of tissue AXL in relapsed/refractory AML or MDS and advanced NSCLC, respectively. 

About the BGBIL006 trial

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer as it may spread to lymph nodes and distant organs if not discovered in time. Melanoma occurs when the cells that colour the skin, the so-called melanocytes, start to divide uncontrollably.

The BGBIL006 trial is a randomised Phase 1b/2 investigator sponsored clinical study of bemcentinib (BGB324) in combination with either the MAPK inhibitors MEKINIST® (trametinib) plus TAFINLAR® (dabrafenib) or the immune checkpoint inhibitor KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) in patients with advanced melanoma.

For more information please access trial NCT02872259at

About BerGenBio ASA

BerGenBio is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing transformative drugs targeting AXL as a potential cornerstone of therapy for advanced and aggressive cancers. The company's proprietary lead candidate, bemcentinib, is a potentially first-in-class selective AXL inhibitor in a broad phase II clinical development programme. Ongoing clinical trials are investigating bemcentinib in multiple solid and haematological tumours, in combination with current and emerging therapies (including immunotherapies, targeted therapies and chemotherapy), and as a single agent.

In parallel, BerGenBio is developing a companion diagnostics test to identify patient populations most likely to benefit from bemcentinib: this is expected to facilitate more efficient registration trials and support a precision medicine-based commercialisation strategy.

BerGenBio is based in Bergen, Norway with a subsidiary in Oxford, UK. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker: BGBIO).

About AXL

AXL kinase is a cell membrane receptor and an essential mediator of the biological mechanisms that drive aggressive and life-threatening diseases. In cancer, AXL drives tumour survival, treatment resistance and spread, as well as suppressing the body's immune response to tumours. AXL expression has been established as a negative prognostic factor in many cancers. AXL inhibitors, therefore, have potential value at the centre of cancer combination therapy, addressing significant unmet medical needs and multiple high-value market opportunities.


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