SHENYANG, China, Nov. 10 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- 3SBio Inc. (Nasdaq: SSRX), a leading biotechnology company focused on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing biopharmaceutical products primarily in China, today announced that it has filed with the Chinese State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) for approval of NuLeusin for the treatment of late stage metastatic renal cell carcinoma. If approved, NuLeusin is expected to be the only treatment of this kind available in China.
NuLeusin, 3SBio's second-generation IL-2, is a genetically modified form of IL-2 possessing improved biochemical properties over naturally occurring IL-2. Clinical trials examined the safety and efficacy of two treatment cycles of subcutaneous injections of NuLeusin. During each six-week treatment cycle, patients were given daily doses of 7MIU/square meter in the induction phase and daily doses of 3.5MIU/square meter in the maintenance phase. The results showed an overall efficacy (Complete Response +Partial Response) of 12.73% and a disease control rate (Complete Response+ Partial Response+ Stable Disease) of 60%. Compared to Chiron's Proleukin, a treatment available in the United States, which is believed to be the only similar product on the market today, Nuleusin demonstrated similar levels of efficacy with a much lower dosage. More importantly, NuLeusin showed an improved safety and tolerability profile in patients who participated in the Phase III study.
"Today's submission comes only a little over one month following our submission for high dosage EPIAO and once again demonstrates our outstanding research and development capabilities and our strong ability to execute on our business plan," stated Dr. Jing Lou, Chief Executive Officer of 3SBio. "NuLeusin was developed to provide a new immunotherapy regimen for oncologists to treat patients with late stage metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Upon approval, we believe many patients who have exhausted their treatment options will benefit from this new alternative. In addition, Nuleusin is expected to further expand 3SBio's existing presence in the rapidly growing oncology market in China."
About the Phase III Study
The Phase III study was a multi-center, open label, single arm study carried out in nine first-tier hospitals in Beijing. The study enrolled 75 patients with post surgery renal cell carcinoma metastasis into two six-week treatment cycles, with a two-week break between each cycle. Patients were given subcutaneous injections of 3.5MIU/ square meter NuLeusin every twelve hours, twice a day, for five consecutive days in the first week of each treatment cycle during the induction phase. From the second week onward, during the maintenance phase, patients received daily subcutaneous injections of 3.5MIU/square meter NuLeusin for five consecutive days each week. The maximum number of treatment cycles patients could receive was three. The clinical endpoint was assessed using computerized tomography scan image of tumor response.
The results of Phase III study demonstrated NuLeusin to be an effective treatment for metastatic renal cell carcinoma with improved safety and tolerability, with an overall efficacy of 12.73% and a disease control rate of 60% (per protocol site). The possible causes for the difference in efficacy compared to Proleukin could be variations in patient race, injection dosage, and route of administration and treatment time. The most common adverse effect related to NuLeusin was low fever and injection site reactions.
About 3SBio Inc.
3SBio Inc. is a leading, fully integrated biotechnology company focused on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing biopharmaceutical products, primarily in China. For more information, please visit 3SBio on the web at: http://www.3sbio.com.
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