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Bayer Submits New Drug Application for Regorafenib for the Treatment of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)
Date:8/30/2012

WAYNE, N.J. and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bayer HealthCare and Onyx Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ONXX) today announced that Bayer HealthCare has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the oral multi-kinase inhibitor regorafenib for the treatment of metastatic and/or unresectable gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) in patients whose disease has progressed despite prior treatment.

Regorafenib is a Bayer compound developed by Bayer. In 2011, Bayer entered into an agreement with Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. under which Onyx will receive a royalty on any future global net sales of regorafenib in oncology. Bayer and Onyx will jointly promote regorafenib in the United States.

"The submission of regorafenib for the treatment of GIST marks an important milestone for Bayer, bringing us one step closer to potentially addressing a significant medical need for patients with this rare but aggressive disease," said Pamela A. Cyrus, M.D., Vice President and Head of U.S. Medical Affairs, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. "With the development of regorafenib and other oncology compounds, we remain committed to discovering and advancing cancer therapies for patients who are in need of new treatment options."

The submission is based on data from the pivotal Phase III GRID (GIST – Regorafenib In Progressive Disease) trial, which showed that regorafenib plus best supportive care (BSC) significantly improved progression-free survival (PFS) compared to placebo plus BSC [HR=0.27 (95% CI 0.19-0.39), p<0.0001] in patients with metastatic and/or unresectable GIST who were previously treated with imatinib and sunitinib. The median PFS was 4.8 months in the regorafenib arm versus 0.9 months in the placebo arm and there was a positive trend in the regorafenib group in improv
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