BeiGene Announces First Patient Dosing in China with Investigational PARP Inhibitor BGB-290

BEIJING, Dec. 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BeiGene, Ltd. (NASDAQ:BGNE), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing molecularly-targeted and immuno-oncology drugs for the treatment of cancer, today announced the dosing of the first patient in a Phase I clinical trial of BGB-290, a potent and selective PARP inhibitor, in Chinese patients with advanced solid tumors.

“We are pleased to announce the start of clinical development for BGB-290 in China, and we look forward to its rapid development following this Phase I study. BGB-290 entered clinical evaluation in Australia in July 2014, and proof of principle data were presented at the AACR-NCI-EORTC meeting in 2015. We look forward to developing BGB-290 for patients in China, where this class of agents is still not available,” commented John V. Oyler, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman.

The Phase I open-label, multi-center dose escalation and expansion study of BGB-290 is designed to investigate the safety, pharmacokinetics, and antitumor activity of BGB-290 in Chinese patients with advanced solid tumors and to determine the recommended Phase II dose in these patients. Professor Binghe Xu from The Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences Cancer Hospital is the principal investigator of the study.

About BGB-290

BGB-290 is a potent and highly selective inhibitor of PARP1 and PARP2. BGB-290 is being developed as a monotherapy and in combination with other therapies for the treatment of several cancers including ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, glioblastoma multiforme, small cell lung cancer, and gastric cancer.

About BeiGene

BeiGene is a global, clinical-stage, research-based biotechnology company focused on molecularly targeted and immuno-oncology cancer therapeutics. With a team of over 300 scientists, clinicians and staff in mainland China, the United States, Australia and Taiwan, BeiGene is advancing a pipeline consisting of novel oral small molecules and monoclonal antibodies for cancer. BeiGene is working to create combination solutions aimed to have both a meaningful and lasting impact on cancer patients. 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws, including statements regarding the encouraging clinical data of BGB-290, the potential implications of these data for the future development of BGB-290, and BeiGene’s advancement of, and anticipated clinical development and regulatory milestones and plans related to BGB-290. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including BeiGene’s ability to demonstrate the efficacy and safety of its drug candidates; the clinical results for its drug candidates, which may not support further development; actions of regulatory agencies, which may affect the initiation, timing and progress of clinical trials; BeiGene’s ability to achieve market acceptance in the medical community necessary for commercial success; BeiGene’s ability to obtain and maintain protection of intellectual property for its technology and drugs; BeiGene’s reliance on third parties to conduct preclinical studies and clinical trials; BeiGene’s limited operating history and BeiGene’s ability to obtain additional funding for operations and to complete the development and commercialization of its drug candidates, as well as those risks more fully discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in BeiGene’s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties, and other important factors in BeiGene’s subsequent filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  All information in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and BeiGene undertakes no duty to update such information unless required by law.

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