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Zymeworks Announces Abstract for Zanidatamab in Late-Line HER2-Positive Breast Cancer at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS)

11/19/2021 at 9:21 AM EST
  • Full presentation available December 8 at 5:00 pm Central Time (CT)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 19, 2021-- Zymeworks Inc. (NYSE: ZYME), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing multifunctional biotherapeutics, today announced the publication of an abstract highlighting new clinical data for zanidatamab, a HER2-targeted bispecific antibody. Zanidatamab in combination with chemotherapy was well tolerated, with encouraging and durable antitumor activity in heavily pretreated patients with HER2-positive breast cancer. A poster with an updated and expanded data set will be presented at SABCS taking place in San Antonio, Texas and virtually on December 7-10, 2021. In addition, Zymeworks will present a Trial in Progress poster detailing the ongoing clinical trial evaluating zanidatamab in combination with the CD47-blocker, evorpacept (ALX148).

SABCS Data Presentation

Abstract highlights from May 3, 2021 data cut:

  • Twenty heavily pretreated HER2-positive breast cancer patients had been treated with zanidatamab in combination with standard of care chemotherapy (either vinorelbine, capecitabine, or paclitaxel).
  • The confirmed objective response rate was 37.5% and the disease control rate was 81.3% in 16 response-evaluable patients.
  • Treatment-related adverse events were generally consistent with previous reports of zanidatamab and/or the chemotherapy regimens, with the majority reported as Grade 1 or 2 in severity.

The abstract is available on the SABCS conference website. The presentation will be available on Wednesday, December 8 at 5:00 pm CT to conference registrants on the SABCS conference website as well as to the general public on the Zymeworks website.

Title: Zanidatamab (ZW25), a HER2-targeted bispecific antibody, in combination with chemotherapy (chemo) for HER2-positive breast cancer (BC): Results from a phase 1 study

Lead Author: Philippe L. Bedard, M.D., Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, ON Canada

Abstract: #93

Program Number: P2-13-07

Trials in Progress Presentation

The abstract is available on the SABCS conference website. The presentation will be available on Wednesday, December 8 at 5:00 pm CT to conference registrants on the SABCS conference website as well as to the general public on the Zymeworks website.

Title: Zanidatamab in combination with ALX148 in advanced Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2 (HER2)‑expressing cancers, including breast cancer: a phase 1b/2, multicenter, open‑label, dose‑finding and cohort‑expansion study (ZWI‑ZW25‑204)

Lead Author: Sara A. Hurvitz, M.D., University of California, Los Angeles; Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, CA, US

Abstract: #182

Program Number: OT1-14-01

About Zanidatamab

Zanidatamab is a bispecific antibody, based on Zymeworks’ Azymetric™ platform, that can simultaneously bind two non-overlapping epitopes of HER2, known as biparatopic binding. Zanidatamab’s unique binding properties result in multiple mechanisms of action including HER2-receptor clustering, internalization, and downregulation; inhibition of growth factor-dependent and -independent tumor cell proliferation; antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity and phagocytosis; and complement-dependent cytotoxicity. Zymeworks is developing zanidatamab in multiple Phase 1, Phase 2, and pivotal clinical trials globally as a targeted treatment option for patients with solid tumors that express HER2. The FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation for zanidatamab in patients with previously treated HER2 gene-amplified biliary tract cancer (BTC), and two Fast Track designations to zanidatamab, one as monotherapy for refractory BTC and one in combination with standard of care chemotherapy for first-line gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma (GEA). These designations mean zanidatamab is eligible for Accelerated Approval, Priority Review and Rolling Review, as well as intensive FDA guidance on an efficient drug development program. Zanidatamab has also received Orphan Drug designations from the FDA as well as the European Medicines Agency for the treatment of biliary tract and gastric cancers.

About Zymeworks Inc.

Zymeworks is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of next-generation multifunctional biotherapeutics. Zymeworks’ suite of therapeutic platforms and its fully integrated drug development engine enable precise engineering of highly differentiated product candidates. Zymeworks’ lead clinical candidate, zanidatamab, is a novel Azymetric™ HER2-targeted bispecific antibody which is currently enrolling in two pivotal clinical trials, one for HER2-positive gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma (HERIZON-GEA-01) and one for refractory HER2-amplified biliary tract cancer (HERIZON-BTC-01) for which it has been granted Breakthrough Therapy designation by the FDA. Zanidatamab is also being evaluated in several Phase 2 clinical trials for HER2-expressing gastroesophageal, colorectal, and breast cancers. Zymeworks’ second clinical candidate, ZW49, is a novel bispecific HER2-targeting antibody-drug conjugate currently in Phase 1 clinical development and combines the unique design and antibody framework of zanidatamab with Zymeworks’ proprietary ZymeLink™ linker and cytotoxin. Zymeworks is also advancing a deep preclinical pipeline in oncology (including immuno-oncology agents) and other therapeutic areas. In addition, its therapeutic platforms are being leveraged through strategic partnerships with nine biopharmaceutical companies. For additional information about Zymeworks, visit and follow @ZymeworksInc on Twitter.

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