BeiGene Stock Jumps 5% on Greenlighted Cancer Drug

The biotech giant called the primary endpoint an “objective response rate".

Anthony Russo
    Jul 02, 2020 7:00 AM  PT
BeiGene Stock Jumps 5% on Greenlighted Cancer Drug
author: Anthony Russo   

Shares of BeiGene, Ltd. (NASDAQ: BGNE; HKEX: 06160) rose 5% Thursday in Hong Kong on news that it received a supplemental new drug application (sNDA) for its cancer drug Tislelizumab.

In a statement today, the Beijing-based biotech giant said that Tislelizumab has been approved by the Center for Drug Evaluation (CDE) of the China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) for patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma— the most common type of liver cancer.

The green light followed a Phase 2 trial, which involved 249 patients with HCC from eight countries and regions in Asia and Europe. Of the patients, 138 were given one line of prior systemic therapy, while 111 received at minimum two lines of prior therapies. Every three weeks, the patients were given 200 mg; the company described the results of the primary endpoint as an "objective response rate."

BeiGene said, "We are excited by the acceptance of our first filing for Tislelizumab in liver cancer."

It continued, "Half of the world's liver cancer patients reside in China, and there is a significantly unmet medical need. We will continue our communications with the CDE and hope to bring these patients a viable treatment option in the near future." 

Tislelizumab was also found to help in the treatment of lung cancer. In April, BeiGene posted positive Phase 3 results against PD-1 for its first batch of patients with non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The drug, launched against PD-1 in March 2020, generated $52 million in sales for the first quarter. 

In the three months through March, BeiGene said revenues were $52.06 million, down 33% year-over-year on a net loss that more than doubled to $365 million.

Across the world, HCC accounts for 85-90% of all reported cases of liver cancer. In 2018, there was a projection of 841,080 new cases of HCC globally—with an estimated 781,631 deaths, according to BeiGene.

BeiGene said it will unveil its results of Phase 2 at an upcoming medical conference. In Hong Kong shares of BeiGene have risen 17% year-to-date, while its New York stock has soared 14% since the beginning of the year.

Early Thursday in New York, BGNE stock was trading up 60 cents, at $189.78 per share.