Roche to present new data across a range of blood diseases at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) 2017 Annual Meeting

Basel, 01 November 2017

  • Further results from emicizumab phase III studies in people with haemophilia A with inhibitors will be featured
  • New data for polatuzumab vedotin in a difficult-to-treat blood cancer, which led to FDA Breakthrough Therapy and EMA PRIME Designations, also to be presented

Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced that new data on its approved and investigational medicines for blood diseases will be presented at the 59th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting from 9 – 12 December, in Atlanta. Ten Roche medicines will be featured in over 75 abstracts, including 26 oral presentations, across eight blood diseases.

“At ASH this year, we look forward to presenting a wealth of data highlighting potential advances across the spectrum of blood diseases, from rare conditions like haemophilia A to common blood cancers like lymphoma,” said Sandra Horning, MD, Roche’s Chief Medical Officer and Head of Global Product Development. “Our ongoing development programme in haematology is one of the largest in this area, underscoring our commitment to developing practice-changing medicines and improving outcomes for people with diseases of the blood.”

Among Roche’s clinical data to be featured at ASH are results from the ongoing trials for the investigational medicine emicizumab. Updated data with an additional six months of follow-up from the phase III HAVEN 1 and HAVEN 2 studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of emicizumab in adults, adolescents and children with haemophilia A with inhibitors will be presented. The HAVEN 2 study will be highlighted as part of ASH’s official press program on 9 December at 07:30am EST. Additional results from the emicizumab clinical development programme will be presented during the meeting, including preliminary data from the phase III HAVEN 4 study exploring emicizumab prophylaxis administered every four weeks in people with haemophilia A with and without inhibitors, as well as real-world data from a non-interventional study in children under 12 years of age with haemophilia A with inhibitors.

Roche will also be sharing data for medicines in late-stage development for a range of blood cancers. Highlights include results from a randomised phase II study evaluating polatuzumab vedotin, an investigational anti-CD79b antibody drug conjugate, in combination with MabThera®/Rituxan® (rituximab) and bendamustine versus MabThera/Rituxan and bendamustine for the treatment of people with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Based on data from this study, polatuzumab vedotin was recently granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and had previously received the PRIME (PRIority MEdicines) designation in Europe.

Additionally, results from studies of Gazyva®/Gazyvaro® (obinutuzumab), including new data from the
phase III GALLIUM study in previously untreated follicular lymphoma, and data from the phase III PrefMab study evaluating patient preference for the subcutaneous (SC) formulation of MabThera/Rituxan Hycela™ (rituximab/rituximab and hyaluronidase human) as a treatment for DLBCL and follicular lymphoma will also be shared. Finally, results from multiple studies assessing the safety and efficacy of Venclexta™/Venclyxto™ (venetoclax) across chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), multiple myeloma (MM) and acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) will be presented. Venclexta/Venclyxto is being developed by AbbVie and Roche.

Key abstracts featuring Roche medicines that will be presented at ASH can be found in the table below.

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Overview of key presentations featuring Roche medicines at ASH 2017

About Roche in haematology 

For more than 20 years, Roche has been developing medicines that redefine treatment in haematology. Today, we are investing more than ever in our effort to bring innovative treatment options to people with diseases of the blood. In addition to approved medicines MabThera/Rituxan (rituximab), Gazyva/Gazyvaro (obinutuzumab), and Venclexta/Venclyxto (venetoclax) in collaboration with AbbVie, Roche’s pipeline of investigational haematology medicines includes Tecentriq® (atezolizumab), an anti-CD79b antibody drug conjugate (polatuzumab vedotin/RG7596) and a small molecule antagonist of MDM2 (idasanutlin/RG7388). Roche’s dedication to developing novel molecules in haematology expands beyond malignancy, with the development of the investigational haemophilia A treatment emicizumab.

About Roche

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