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FDA Accepts MorphoSys' BLA and Grants Priority Review for Tafasitamab and Lenalidomide for the Treatment of Relapsed/Refractory DLBCL

MorphoSys AG (NASDAQ: MOR) announced today that the U.S.

Benzinga · 03/02/2020 10:26

MorphoSys AG (NASDAQ: MOR) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted filing of MorphoSys' Biologics License Application (BLA) and granted priority review for tafasitamab, the Company's investigational anti-CD19 antibody, under review in combination with lenalidomide for the treatment of relapsed or refractory diffuse large B cell lymphoma (r/r DLBCL).The FDA has set a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date of August 30, 2020. The FDA has informed MorphoSys that they are not currently planning to hold an advisory committee meeting to discuss the application.

"We are extremely pleased that the FDA has accepted filing of our application and granted priority review, as we believe that the combination of tafasitamab and lenalidomide may provide an additional treatment option for patients suffering from DLBCL, who have relapsed after or are refractory to the current standard of care," said Dr. Malte Peters, Chief Development Officer of MorphoSys. "We would like to thank all patients participating in our clinical studies and we will continue to work relentlessly towards making tafasitamab available to patients."

The BLA submission is based on the primary analysis data from the L-MIND trial of tafasitamab in combination with lenalidomide in patients with r/r DLBCL and the retrospective observational matched control cohort Re-MIND evaluating efficacy outcomes of r/r DLBCL patients who received lenalidomide monotherapy. MorphoSys announced the submission of the BLA at the end of December 2019.

Priority Review is granted to therapies that the FDA determines have the potential to provide significant improvements in the treatment, diagnosis or prevention of serious conditions. This designation shortens the FDA review period following the acceptance of the BLA to six months compared to ten months under Standard Review.

MorphoSys was granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation by the FDA for the combination of tafasitamab and lenalidomide in r/r DLBCL in 2017.

Tafasitamab is an investigational humanized Fc-engineered monoclonal antibody directed against CD19. In 2010, MorphoSys licensed exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize tafasitamab from Xencor, Inc. Under the terms of the collaboration and licensing agreement, FDA acceptance of MorphoSys' BLA submission triggers an undisclosed milestone payment from MorphoSys to Xencor.