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December 12, 2022 at 10:00 AM EST

Linvoseltamab (BCMAxCD3) Initial Pivotal Phase 2 Data Show Clinically Meaningful Responses in Patients with Heavily Pre-treated Multiple Myeloma

As presented at ASH, recommended 200 mg dose of linvoseltamab demonstrated a 64% response rate, with 45% achieving a very good partial response or better; responses may further improve with longer follow-up

Trial enrolled patients with particularly high disease burden, with 37% having bone marrow plasma cells ≥50% and the median soluble BCMA being 0.43 mg/L

Data represent initial efficacy results from first 58 patients in ongoing Phase 2 trial, which is now fully enrolled at the recommended dose

TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Dec. 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) today announced positive initial data from a pivotal Phase 2 expansion cohort evaluating investigational linvoseltamab (formerly REGN5458) at the 200 mg dose recommended for further development in patients with heavily pre-treated, relapsed/refractory (R/R) multiple myeloma. The results were part of a broader presentation of new and updated data from a Phase 1/2 trial and were shared at the 64th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, LA. Linvoseltamab is an investigational bispecific antibody designed to bridge B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA) on multiple myeloma cells with CD3-expressing T cells to facilitate local T-cell activation and cancer-cell killing.

"The need for innovative medicines is critical for patients with multiple myeloma who inevitably face a downward spiral of relapses, reduced responses to subsequent therapies, and increasingly shorter remissions," said Naresh Bumma, M.D., Hematologist and Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology at Ohio State University, and a trial investigator. "At the recommended 200 mg dose in a pivotal Phase 2 trial, linvoseltamab demonstrated early, deep and durable responses in patients living with multiple myeloma who had been on at least three prior therapies, including those with higher risk and high disease burden. These clinically meaningful outcomes at 12 weeks reinforce the positive linvoseltamab results seen in the Phase 1 dose escalation portion, and we look forward to seeing data from more patients and longer follow-up."

As presented at ASH, out of 252 patients treated in the Phase 1/2 trial, 81% of patients were triple-refractory to existing therapeutic options, including an immunomodulatory drug, a proteasome inhibitor and an anti-CD38 antibody. Additionally, 37% had bone marrow plasma cells ≥50%, and the median soluble BCMA was 0.43 mg/L, representing a patient population with a higher disease burden than those enrolled in similar trials. Of the 87 patients in the 200 mg cohort, 58 were evaluated for efficacy. With a median follow-up of 3 months (range: 0 to 30 months), efficacy results were as follows:

  • 64% objective response rate (ORR), with 45% achieving a very good partial response or better, as determined by an independent review committee. Based on earlier results, responses may increase with longer follow-up.
  • Median time to response was <1 month (range: <1 to 5 months).
  • 79% probability of maintaining a response at 6 months (95% confidence interval: 50% to 92%), per Kaplan-Meier estimates.

Among the 87 patients treated in the 200 mg cohort assessed for safety, adverse events (AEs) occurred in 95% of patients, with 66% being ≥Grade 3. The most common AEs occurring in ≥20% of patients were cytokine release syndrome (CRS; 37%), fatigue (32%), anemia (28%), diarrhea, cough, headache (23% each) and neutropenia (20%). Discontinuations due to an AE occurred in 6% of patients. When CRS occurred, in 32 out of 87 patients, 23 of those patients experienced Grade 1, 8 experienced Grade 2, there was 1 transient Grade 3 case, and none were ≥Grade 4.

Among the overall patient population across different dose levels (n=252), the median time to first CRS onset was 11 hours (range: 0-47 hours) and all cases resolved, with a median time to resolution of 15 hours (range: 0-377 hours). Deaths due to AEs in the overall population were reported in 14 patients, including sepsis/bacterial infection (n=6), COVID-19 (n=4) or other causes (n=4). None of the deaths were considered related to treatment per the treating physician.

Linvoseltamab is currently under clinical development and its safety and efficacy have not been fully evaluated by any regulatory authority.

Investor Webcast Information
Regeneron will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast to share updates on the company's hematology portfolio on Wednesday, December 14 at 8:30 AM ET. A link to the webcast may be accessed from the 'Investors and Media' page of Regeneron's website at To participate via telephone, please register in advance at this link. Upon registration, all telephone participants will receive a confirmation email detailing how to join the conference call, including the dial-in number along with a unique passcode and registrant ID that can be used to access the call. A replay of the conference call and webcast will be archived on the company's website for at least 30 days.

About the Phase 1/2 Trial
The ongoing, open-label, multicenter Phase 1/2 dose-escalation and dose-expansion trial is investigating linvoseltamab in patients with R/R multiple myeloma. Among the 252 patients enrolled, all have received at least three prior lines of therapy or are double refractory. Patients were administered linvoseltamab via a step-up dosing strategy designed to mitigate CRS.

The Phase 1 dose-escalation portion of the trial, which is now complete, primarily assessed safety, tolerability and dose-limiting toxicities of linvoseltamab and was comprised of 9 dose-levels. The fully-enrolled Phase 2 dose expansion portion of the trial is further assessing the safety and anti-tumor activity of linvoseltamab, with a primary objective of ORR. Key secondary objectives include duration of response, progression free survival, rate of minimal residual disease negative status and overall survival.

About Multiple Myeloma
Multiple myeloma is the second most common blood cancer with approximately 34,470 and 176,404 new diagnoses in the U.S. and the world, respectively, in 2022. It is characterized by the proliferation of cancerous plasma cells (multiple myeloma cells) that crowd out healthy blood cells in the bone marrow, infiltrate other tissues and cause potentially life-threatening organ injury. Multiple myeloma is not curable despite treatment advances, and while current treatments are able to slow the progression of the cancer, most patients will ultimately experience cancer progression and require additional therapies. In addition, patients are at increased risk of frequent infections, bone problems, reduced kidney function and anemia.

About Regeneron in Hematology
At Regeneron, we're applying more than three decades of biology expertise with our proprietary VelociSuite® technologies to develop medicines for patients with diverse blood cancers and rare blood disorders.

Our blood cancer research is focused on bispecific antibodies that are being investigated both as monotherapies and in combination with each other and emerging therapeutic modalities. Together, they provide us with unique combinatorial flexibility to develop customized and potentially synergistic cancer treatments.

Our research and collaborations to develop potential treatments for rare blood disorders include explorations in antibody medicine, gene editing and gene-knockout technologies, as well as investigational RNA-approaches focused on depleting abnormal proteins or blocking disease-causing cellular signaling.

If you are interested in learning more about our clinical trials, please contact us ( or 844-734-6643) or visit our clinical trials website.

About Regeneron
Regeneron is a leading biotechnology company that invents, develops and commercializes life-transforming medicines for people with serious diseases. Founded and led for nearly 35 years by physician-scientists, our unique ability to repeatedly and consistently translate science into medicine has led to nine FDA-approved treatments and numerous product candidates in development, almost all of which were homegrown in our laboratories. Our medicines and pipeline are designed to help patients with eye diseases, allergic and inflammatory diseases, cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, pain, hematologic conditions, infectious diseases and rare diseases.

Regeneron is accelerating and improving the traditional drug development process through our proprietary VelociSuite technologies, such as VelocImmune, which uses unique genetically humanized mice to produce optimized fully human antibodies and bispecific antibodies, and through ambitious research initiatives such as the Regeneron Genetics Center®, which is conducting one of the largest genetics sequencing efforts in the world.

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