Pharma Focus Asia

Eisai Enters into Agreement with National Cancer Centre

Tuesday, April 04, 2023

Eisai announced that it has entered into an agreement with the National Cancer Centre to collaborate on investigator-initiated clinical research for the EZH2 inhibitor tazemetostat hydrobromide (generic name, product name “Tazverik® Tablets 200 mg”, “tazemetostat”) based on “Patient-Proposed Healthcare Services” system. This clinical research will be conducted by the National Cancer Centre Hospital.

The “Patient-Proposed Healthcare Services” system is a system under which medical treatment using unapproved drugs not covered by insurance is applied for to the government based on the patient's request, and is conducted as a clinical trial to confirm safety and efficacy. Under the terms of the agreement, Eisai will provide tazemetostat free of charge to the National Cancer Centre Hospital as the drug to be used in “A clinical trial of Tazemetostat for paediatric and AYA* patients with malignant tumours which have no standard of care or and which is refractory to standard of care.

Tazemetostat is a first-in-class, oral small molecule inhibitor of the epigenetic enzyme EZH2. It is one of the histone methyltransferases in the epigenetics-related protein group, and is thought to regulate the expression of cancer-related genes and suppress the growth of cancer cells by specifically targeting EZH2, which contributes to the cancer growth process.

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