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SpringWorks Therapeutics Completes Submission of New Drug Application to the FDA for Mirdametinib for the Treatment of Children and Adults with NF1-PN

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SpringWorks Therapeutics has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the FDA for mirdametinib, a MEK inhibitor aimed at treating neurofibromatosis type 1-associated plexiform neurofibromas (NF1-PN) in both children and adults. This submission follows the pivotal Phase 2b ReNeu trial, which demonstrated significant objective response rates, improved pain and quality of life, and a manageable safety profile. The FDA has granted mirdametinib Orphan Drug, Fast Track, and Rare Pediatric Disease designations. SpringWorks also plans to seek regulatory approval in the EU later this year.

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  • Completion of NDA submission to FDA for mirdametinib.
  • Pivotal Phase 2b ReNeu trial showed significant objective response rates and improvement in quality of life.
  • Mirdametinib received Orphan Drug, Fast Track, and Rare Pediatric Disease designations from the FDA.
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Mirdametinib's NDA submission to the FDA is an important milestone for SpringWorks Therapeutics. The drug, targeting neurofibromatosis type 1-associated plexiform neurofibromas (NF1-PN), addresses a severe condition with limited treatment options, affecting both children and adults. From a medical research perspective, the Phase 2b ReNeu trial data presented demonstrates promising results, showing significant objective response rates and improvements in pain and quality of life, which are critical endpoints in rare disease treatments.

The drug's Orphan Drug designation by both the FDA and the European Commission underscores its potential for treating rare diseases, providing market exclusivity benefits. The Fast Track and Rare Pediatric Disease designations further highlight the urgency and importance of this treatment.

The medical community will closely watch the FDA's review process, as approval could set a new standard for NF1-PN therapies, emphasizing the importance of targeted treatments in rare diseases.

From a financial perspective, the submission of the NDA for mirdametinib is a noteworthy development for SpringWorks Therapeutics. FDA approval could significantly impact the company's revenue stream by opening up a market with high unmet medical needs. The potential market exclusivity granted by Orphan Drug status can protect the drug from competition for several years, providing a substantial competitive edge.

It's essential for investors to monitor the company's cash flow, R&D expenditures and any potential partnerships that might arise from this development. While the approval process is underway, there might be increased volatility in the company's stock price, reflecting investor sentiment and speculation about the drug's approval prospects. Long-term financial health will depend on broader acceptance and insurance coverage of mirdametinib post-approval.

STAMFORD, Conn., July 01, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SpringWorks Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: SWTX), a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on severe rare diseases and cancer, announced today that the Company has completed the submission of a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for mirdametinib, an investigational MEK inhibitor, for the treatment of pediatric and adult patients with neurofibromatosis type 1- associated plexiform neurofibromas (NF1-PN).

“We are pleased to be one step closer towards our goal of bringing mirdametinib to patients with NF1-PN in the U.S. and believe that our ReNeu data support the potential for mirdametinib to be a differentiated and best-in-class therapy for both children and adults living with this devastating disease,” said Saqib Islam, Chief Executive Officer of SpringWorks. “We look forward to working closely with the FDA throughout the review process and also plan to file for regulatory approval in the European Union later this year.”

The NDA submission includes data from the pivotal Phase 2b ReNeu trial, which evaluated mirdametinib in patients ≥ 2 years of age with NF1-associated PN causing significant morbidity. Results were presented in an oral presentation at the 2024 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting and demonstrated that mirdametinib treatment resulted in significant objective response rates confirmed by blinded independent central review, deep and durable responses, improvement in pain and health-related quality of life as well as a manageable safety profile across both the adult and pediatric cohorts.1

The FDA and the European Commission have granted Orphan Drug designation for mirdametinib for the treatment of NF1. The FDA has also granted Fast Track designation for the treatment of patients ≥ 2 years of age with NF1-PN that are progressing or causing significant morbidity and Rare Pediatric Disease designation for the treatment of NF1.

In the second half of 2024, SpringWorks also plans to file a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for mirdametinib for the treatment of children and adults with NF1-PN.

About the ReNeu Trial

ReNeu (NCT03962543) is an ongoing, multi-center, open-label Phase 2b trial evaluating the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of mirdametinib in patients ≥ 2 years of age with an inoperable NF1-associated PN causing significant morbidity. The study enrolled 114 patients to receive mirdametinib at a dose of 2 mg/m2 twice daily (maximum dose of 4 mg twice daily) without regard to food. Mirdametinib was administered orally in a 3-week on, 1-week off dosing schedule as either a capsule or dispersible tablet. The primary endpoint is confirmed objective response rate defined as ≥ 20% reduction in target tumor volume during the 24 cycle treatment phase, as measured by MRI and assessed by blinded independent central review. Secondary endpoints include safety and tolerability, duration of response, and changes from baseline in patient reported outcomes to Cycle 13. The treatment phase of the trial is complete and results were presented at the 2024 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting. Patients who completed the treatment phase were eligible to continue receiving treatment in the optional long-term follow up portion of the study, which is ongoing.

About NF1-PN

Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a rare genetic disorder that arises from mutations in the NF1 gene, which encodes for neurofibromin, a key suppressor of the MAPK pathway.2,3 NF1 is the most common form of neurofibromatosis, with an estimated global birth incidence of approximately 1 in 2,500 individuals, and approximately 100,000 patients living with NF1 in the United States.4,5 The clinical course of NF1 is heterogeneous and manifests in a variety of symptoms across numerous organ systems, including abnormal pigmentation, skeletal deformities, tumor growth and neurological complications, such as cognitive impairment.6 Patients with NF1 have an 8 to 15-year mean reduction in their life expectancy compared to the general population.3

NF1 patients have approximately a 30-50% lifetime risk of developing plexiform neurofibromas, or PN, which are tumors that grow in an infiltrative pattern along the peripheral nerve sheath and that can cause severe disfigurement, pain and functional impairment; in rare cases, NF1-PN may be fatal.7,8 NF1-PNs are most often diagnosed in the first two decades of life.7 These tumors can be aggressive and are associated with clinically significant morbidities; typically, they grow more rapidly during childhood.9,10

Surgical removal of these tumors is challenging due to the infiltrative tumor growth pattern along nerves and can lead to permanent nerve damage and disfigurement.11 MEK inhibitors have emerged as a validated class of treatment for NF1-PN.12

About Mirdametinib

Mirdametinib is a potent, oral, CNS-penetrant, allosteric small molecule MEK inhibitor in development as a monotherapy treatment for neurofibromatosis type 1-associated plexiform neurofibromas (NF1-PN) and low-grade glioma (LGG), and as a combination therapy for the treatment of several subsets of biomarker-defined metastatic solid tumors. Mirdametinib is an investigational drug for which safety and efficacy have not been established.

Mirdametinib is designed to inhibit MEK1 and MEK2, which occupy pivotal positions in the MAPK pathway. The MAPK pathway is a key signaling network that regulates cell growth and survival and plays a central role in multiple cancers and rare diseases when genetically altered.

The FDA and the European Commission have granted Orphan Drug designation for mirdametinib for the treatment of NF1. The FDA has also granted Fast Track designation for the treatment of patients ≥ 2 years of age with NF1-PN that are progressing or causing significant morbidity and Rare Pediatric Disease designation for the treatment of NF1.

About SpringWorks Therapeutics

SpringWorks is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company applying a precision medicine approach to developing and delivering life-changing medicines for people with severe rare diseases and cancer. OGSIVEO® (nirogacestat), approved in the United States for the treatment of adult patients with progressing desmoid tumors who require systemic treatment, is the Company’s first FDA-approved therapy. SpringWorks also has a diversified targeted therapy pipeline spanning solid tumors and hematological cancers, with programs ranging from preclinical development through advanced clinical trials. In addition to its wholly owned programs, SpringWorks has also entered into multiple collaborations with innovators in industry and academia to unlock the full potential for its portfolio and create more solutions for patients in need. 

For more information, visit www.springworkstx.com and follow @SpringWorksTx on X (formerly Twitter), LinkedIn, and YouTube

SpringWorks Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, relating to our business, operations, and financial conditions, including but not limited to current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding the future of our business, future plans and strategies, our development and commercialization plans, our preclinical and clinical results, the potential for mirdametinib to become an important new treatment for pediatric and adult patients with NF1-PN, the potential for the results of the Phase 2b ReNeu clinical trial to support an NDA submission and an approval, the timing of our planned MAA submission for mirdametinib, our plans for seeking regulatory approval for and making mirdametinib available to NF1-PN patients, if approved, as well as relating to other future conditions. Words such as, but not limited to, “look forward to,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “would,” “should” and “could,” and similar expressions or words, identify forward-looking statements. New risks and uncertainties may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible to predict all risks and uncertainties. Any forward-looking statements in this presentation are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and important factors that may cause actual events or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements contained in this presentation, including, without limitation, risks relating to: (i) our expectations regarding the potential clinical benefit of mirdametinib for patients with NF1-PN, (ii) estimates regarding the global birth incidence of NF1-PN and the number of patients living with NF1-PN in the United States and the potential market for mirdametinib, (iii) the fact that topline or interim data from clinical studies may not be predictive of the final or more detailed results of such study or the results of other ongoing or future studies, (iv) the timing of our planned regulatory submissions and interactions, including the timing and outcome of decisions made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA), and other regulatory authorities, investigational review boards at clinical trial sites and publication review bodies, (v) whether FDA, EMA, or other regulatory authorities will require additional information or further studies, or may fail or refuse to approve or may delay approval of our product candidates, including nirogacestat and mirdametinib, (vi) our ability to obtain regulatory approval of any of our product candidates or maintain regulatory approvals granted for our products, (vii) our ability to maintain adequate patent protection and successfully enforce patent claims against third parties, and (viii) our ability to meet any specific milestones set forth herein.

Except as required by applicable law, we do not plan to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein, whether as a result of any new information, future events, changed circumstances or otherwise. Although we believe the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

For further information regarding the risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause differences between SpringWorks’ expectations and actual results, you should review the “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of Part II of SpringWorks’ Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2024, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties and other important factors in SpringWorks’ subsequent filings.

Contacts

Kim Diamond
Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations
Phone: 203-561-1646
Email: kdiamond@springworkstx.com

Samantha Hilson Sandler
Senior Director, Investor Relations
Phone: 203-461-5501
Email: samantha.sandler@springworkstx.com

References

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FAQ

What is the significance of the NDA submission by SpringWorks for mirdametinib?

The NDA submission is a critical step for mirdametinib, potentially bringing the drug to market for treating NF1-PN in children and adults.

What were the results of the Phase 2b ReNeu trial for mirdametinib?

The Phase 2b ReNeu trial showed significant objective response rates, deep and durable responses, and improvements in pain and quality of life.

What designations has the FDA granted mirdametinib?

The FDA has granted Orphan Drug, Fast Track, and Rare Pediatric Disease designations to mirdametinib.

What are the future regulatory plans for mirdametinib outside the U.S.?

SpringWorks plans to file a Marketing Authorization Application with the European Medicines Agency in the second half of 2024.

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