Denovo Biopharma and QIAGEN partner to develop companion diagnostic test for the treatment of Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL)
SAN DIEGO and GERMANTOWN, Md. and HILDEN, Germany, Dec. 9, 2021 -- Denovo Biopharma LLC and QIAGEN (NYSE: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced a collaboration to develop a blood-based companion diagnostic (CDx) test to identify patients expressing Denovo Genomic Marker 1 (DGM1™) who are likely to respond to Denovo's investigational cancer drug DB102™ for treatment of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), one of the most common lymphoid cancers.
Under the agreement, QIAGEN will develop a diagnostic assay that can detect the Denovo Genomic Marker 1 (DGM1™) in DLBCL patients, a biomarker discovered by Denovo that predicts the responsiveness to DB102. Also known as enzastaurin, Denovo's drug is a first-in-class investigational small molecule inhibitor of PKC-beta, a protein whose presence has been compellingly linked to DLBCL cases.
"As our ENGINE trial nears completion, we are pleased to be working with QIAGEN on commercial development of our DB102 program to enable patients and physicians to potentially benefit from DB102 treatment," said Xiao-Xiong Lu, Denovo's Chief Technology Officer. "As a pioneer in precision medicine QIAGEN brings extensive experience in companion diagnostics, including ten FDA-approved tests."
QIAGEN will develop a real-time qualitative PCR companion diagnostic for the QIAGEN Rotor-Gene Q MDx instrument and apply for premarket approval (PMA) with the US-based Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The goal is to get the PMA for the test contemporaneously with Denovo receiving new drug application (NDA) approval for its DB102. The drug and the DGM1 marker are currently in a phase III trial, called ENGINE, on newly diagnosed, high-risk DLBCL patients.
"We are proud to be at the cutting edge of precision medicine, a quantum leap from traditional one-drug-fits all medicine," said Jonathan Arnold, Vice President, Head of Oncology and Precision Diagnostics at QIAGEN. "Our molecular testing expertise will help Denovo to develop the use of the DGM1 marker with the DB102 drug for patients with DLBCL."
DB102 (enzastaurin) is an orally available first-in-class investigational small molecule, as a serine/threonine kinase inhibitor of the PKC-beta, PI3K, and AKT pathways, that has been studied in over 3,000 patients with a range of solid and hematological tumor types. Enzastaurin was originally developed by Eli Lilly & Co., and for which Denovo has acquired worldwide rights. Denovo discovered the novel pharmacogenomic biomarker DGM1 and is conducting a Phase 3 trial in patients with newly-diagnosed DLBCL and another Phase 3 trial in newly-diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Enzastaurin received Fast Track Designation for GBM from the FDA, Orphan Drug Designation for DLBCL and GBM from the FDA, and Orphan Medicinal Product Designation for DLBCL and GBM from the EMA.
About Denovo Biopharma
Denovo Biopharma LLC is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that uses novel biomarker approaches to re-evaluate medicines that have failed in broad patient populations. The company seeks to discover genomic biomarkers correlated with patients' responses to drug candidates retrospectively. Denovo then designs and executes efficient clinical trials in targeted patient populations to optimize the probability of a successful trial. Denovo has completed enrollment of patients in the US and China with DLBCL in a Phase 3 clinical trial and has an ongoing Phase 3 trial in GBM for its lead product candidate, DB102 (enzastaurin), which was in-licensed from Eli Lilly & Co. The company has seven additional late-stage programs targeting major unmet medical needs: DB103 (pomaglumetad methionil) for schizophrenia, DB104 (liafensine) for depression, DB105 (ORM 12741) for Alzheimer's Disease, DB106 (vosaroxin) for acute myeloid leukemia (AML), DB107 (Toca 511/Toca FC) for recurrent high grade glioma, DB108 (endostatin) for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and DB109 (idalopirdine) for Alzheimer's Disease. For additional information please visit www.denovobiopharma.com.
QIAGEN N.V., a Netherlands-based holding company, is the leading global provider of Sample to Insight solutions that enable customers to gain valuable molecular insights from samples containing the building blocks of life. Our sample technologies isolate and process DNA, RNA and proteins from blood, tissue and other materials. Assay technologies make these biomolecules visible and ready for analysis. Bioinformatics software and knowledge bases interpret data to report relevant, actionable insights. Automation solutions tie these together in seamless and cost-effective workflows. QIAGEN provides solutions to more than 500,000 customers around the world in Molecular Diagnostics (human healthcare), Applied Testing (primarily forensics), Pharma (pharma and biotech companies) and Academia (life sciences research). As of September 30, 2021, QIAGEN employed approximately 6,000 people in over 35 locations worldwide. Further information can be found at www.qiagen.com.
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