Data shows investigational zolbetuximab reduced risk of progression or death by 24.9%

Study evaluated patients with Claudin 18.2-positive, HER2-negative locally advanced unresectable or metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma

Data to be featured in late-breaking oral presentation

TOKYO, Jan. 19, 2023 – Astellas Pharma Inc. (TSE: 4503, President and CEO: Kenji Yasukawa, Ph.D., “Astellas”) today will present detailed results from the Phase 3 SPOTLIGHT trial evaluating first-line treatment with zolbetuximab, an investigational first-in-class Claudin 18.2 (CLDN18.2) targeted monoclonal antibody, plus mFOLFOX6 (a combination regimen that includes oxaliplatin, leucovorin and fluorouracil) versus placebo plus mFOLFOX6 in patients with CLDN18.2-positive, HER2-negative, locally advanced unresectable or metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) adenocarcinoma.

In the study, investigational treatment zolbetuximab plus mFOLFOX6 demonstrated statistically significant improvements in progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) compared to placebo plus mFOLFOX6. Specifically, zolbetuximab plus mFOLFOX6 reduced the risk of progression or death by 24.9% (n=565; Hazard Ratio [HR]=0.751; [95% Confidence Interval [CI]: (0.598-0.942)]; P=0.0066) compared to placebo plus mFOLFOX6, meeting SPOTLIGHT’s primary endpoint. Median PFS was 10.61 months (95% CI: 8.90-12.48) in the treatment arm and 8.67 months (95% CI: 8.21-10.28) in the placebo arm. The study also showed that zolbetuximab plus mFOLFOX6 significantly prolonged OS, reducing the risk of death by 25.0% (HR=0.750; 95% CI: 0.601-0.936; P=0.0053). Median OS was 18.23 months (95% CI: 16.43-22.90) and 15.54 months (95% CI: 13.47-16.53) for the treatment arm and placebo arm, respectively.

The incidence of serious treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs) was similar between both arms (44.8% versus 43.5% in the zolbetuximab versus placebo arms) and consistent with previous studies. The most frequent TEAEs in the SPOTLIGHT study were nausea (82.4% versus 60.8%), vomiting (67.4% versus 35.6%) and decreased appetite (47.0% versus 33.5%).

These new data from the SPOTLIGHT trial will be presented today at the 2023 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancers Symposium in an oral presentation (Abstract LBA292; January 19, 1:30 p.m. PT) by Kohei Shitara, MD, Primary Investigator for SPOTLIGHT Study and Chief, Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology, the National Cancer Center Hospital East in Kashiwa, Japan.

“For gastric and gastroesophageal junction cancer patients with disease that is locally advanced but inoperable or metastatic, to see a positive progression-free and overall survival response in SPOTLIGHT is very encouraging given the limited treatment options available,” said Dr. Shitara.

“The investigational results from SPOTLIGHT are exciting and support the potential of zolbetuximab as a precision therapy for patients with CLDN18.2-positive gastric/GEJ cancer,” said Ahsan Arozullah, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President and Head of Development Therapeutic Areas, Astellas. “The SPOTLIGHT data, along with the positive topline results from the GLOW Phase 3 trial announced in December, build a strong foundation for our ongoing regulatory discussions for zolbetuximab and mark valuable progress towards our mission of turning innovative science into VALUE for patients.”

The SPOTLIGHT and GLOW studies are a part of Astellas’ gastric cancer development program to investigate new treatment options such as zolbetuximab and address patient needs in locally advanced unresectable or metastatic gastric or GEJ adenocarcinoma. In both trials, approximately 38% of these patients have CLDN18.2-positive tumors (CLDN18.2 expression in ≥75% of tumor cells with strong-to-moderate staining intensity), as determined by a validated immunohistochemistry assay.  Based on these findings, an estimated 82,000 patients globally may be eligible for zolbetuximab annually, if approved.1


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