Priority Review Continues with Successful Facility Inspections Completed,
no Major Review Issues
FDA Extends PDUFA Date to February 24, 2024 on Resource Constraints and Agrees to Work with Iovance to Expedite Remaining Review
SAN CARLOS, Calif., Sept. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: IOVA), a biotechnology company focused on innovating, developing, and delivering novel polyclonal tumor infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapies for patients with cancer, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), because of resource constraints, requires additional time to complete the Priority Review of Iovance’s Biologics License Application (BLA) for lifileucel. The BLA is seeking accelerated approval of lifileucel for patients with advanced melanoma. The FDA extended the new target action date for a decision under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) to February 24, 2024, but agreed to work with Iovance to expedite the remaining review for a potentially earlier approval date.
The FDA recently notified Iovance that they had insufficient resources to review a recent response to an information request for the ongoing BLA review prior to the planned late-cycle review meeting scheduled for September 11, 2023. In a meeting with the FDA held on September 14, 2023, the FDA acknowledged the resource constraints and agreed to work closely with Iovance to expedite the remaining review.
The overall BLA process continues under Priority Review with several recent positive status updates. The FDA reiterated there are no major review issues, and there are no plans to hold an advisory committee meeting. In addition, all pre-approval inspections of clinical sites. internal and external manufacturing and testing facilities have been successfully completed. The FDA is also engaged and has expressed no concerns on the status of the TILVANCE-301 confirmatory trial in frontline advanced melanoma, which remains on track to be well underway by the PDUFA date.
Frederick Vogt, Ph.D., J.D., Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Iovance, stated, “While the resource constraints at FDA have extended our PDUFA date, Iovance and FDA remain engaged to complete the review process as quickly as possible. We appreciate FDA management’s efforts to expedite the remaining review so that we can bring lifileucel to critically ill patients with no other FDA approved options after current standard of care. We are confident in the potential for lifileucel to redefine the treatment paradigm for these patients. With the strength of our clinical data, manufacturing capabilities, and commercial readiness efforts, Iovance is well positioned to rapidly serve the U.S. melanoma community immediately following an approval.”
Lifileucel, if approved, will be the first and only TIL therapy for patients with advanced melanoma, as well as the first one-time cell therapy for a solid tumor cancer. Lifileucel is an individualized therapy intended for patients with advanced melanoma who progressed on or after prior anti-PD-1/L1 therapy and targeted therapy, where applicable. There are no FDA approved therapies in this treatment setting.
The FDA accepted the BLA for lifileucel in May 2023 under Priority Review and previously granted a Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) designation for lifileucel in advanced melanoma. The extension of the PDUFA date does not impact the Priority Review status or RMAT designation.
The BLA submission for lifileucel is supported by positive data from the C-144-01 clinical trial in patients with advanced melanoma who progressed on or after prior anti-PD-1/L1 therapy and targeted therapy, where applicable. If lifileucel receives accelerated approval, the randomized Phase 3 TILVANCE-301 trial in frontline advanced melanoma can serve as the confirmatory study to support full approval. TILVANCE-301 is expected to be well underway at the time of approval.
About Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc.
Iovance Biotherapeutics aims to be the global leader in innovating, developing and delivering tumor infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapies for patients with cancer. We are pioneering a transformational approach to cure cancer by harnessing the human immune system’s ability to recognize and destroy diverse cancer cells in each patient. Our lead late-stage TIL product candidate, lifileucel for metastatic melanoma, has the potential to become the first approved one-time cell therapy for a solid tumor cancer. The Iovance TIL platform has demonstrated promising clinical data across multiple solid tumors. We are committed to continuous innovation in cell therapy, including gene-edited cell therapy, that may extend and improve life for patients with cancer. For more information, please visit www.iovance.com.
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