ST. HELIER, Jersey–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Novocure (NASDAQ:NVCR) announced today that a long-term analysis of the
full trial cohort from its phase 3 pivotal EF-14 trial of Optune® in
combination with temozolomide for the treatment of newly diagnosed
glioblastoma (GBM) confirmed the superior survival results seen at
interim analysis. The long-term analysis demonstrated superior two-,
three- and four-year survival of patients treated with Optune together
with temozolomide compared to temozolomide alone. The interim analysis
results – published in the Journal of the American Medical
Association (JAMA) 1 in December 2015 – showed
significant extension of both progression free and overall survival in
newly diagnosed GBM patients receiving Optune with temozolomide compared
to temozolomide alone.
EF-14 Principal Investigator Roger Stupp, M.D., Professor at the
University of Zurich and Director of Department of Oncology at the
Zurich University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland, will present these late
breaking results at the 21st Annual Scientific Meeting of the
Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) on Nov. 18, in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“The analysis of the full dataset confirms the improvement in both
progression free and overall survival we saw in the trial’s interim
analysis, and demonstrates superior long-term survival,” Dr. Stupp said.
“These mature results further validate Optune as a standard of care
treatment option for glioblastoma, providing patients with a therapy
that can extend their survival while maintaining their quality of life.”
“We are excited that Novocure’s long-term analysis of the EF-14 trial
confirms the interim analysis results of superior overall and
progression free survival, while providing new data on potential
long-term survival benefits for newly diagnosed GBM patients,” said
Elizabeth M. Wilson, President and CEO of the American Brain Tumor
Association. “GBM patients need better treatment options, and it is a
great day when new evidence shows that we are making progress in
treating this disease.”
The long-term analysis of all patients (n=695) shows that:
Patients treated with Optune together with temozolomide demonstrated a
significant increase in median progression free survival (PFS)
compared to temozolomide alone (median PFS of 6.7 months versus 4.0
months, respectively, hazard ratio=0.63, p=0.00005).
Patients treated with Optune together with temozolomide demonstrated a
significant increase in median overall survival (OS) compared to
temozolomide alone (median OS from randomization of 20.8 months versus
16.0 months, respectively, hazard ratio=0.65, p=0.0006)
The percentage of patients alive at two years in the Optune together
with temozolomide arm was 43 percent compared to 30 percent in the
temozolomide alone arm, a 43% increase in the chance of living two
The percentage of patients alive at four years in the Optune together
with temozolomide arm was 17 percent compared to 10 percent in the
temozolomide alone arm, a 70% increase in the chance of living four
Consistent with the interim analysis, the OS and PFS benefit of Optune
together with temozolomide compared to temozolomide alone was seen
across all patient subgroups tracked in the EF-14 trial, including
patient age, performance status and tumor genetics.
The safety profile in the long-term analysis was consistent with the
interim analysis of the EF-14 trial.
“The long-term analysis further supports our data showing that Optune
together with temozolomide is a better treatment option for newly
diagnosed GBM patients compared to temozolomide alone,” said Asaf
Danziger, Novocure’s CEO. “We believe these results will give health
care providers further confidence in our therapy and transform the
standard of care in newly diagnosed GBM. Our priority is to improve the
lives of GBM patients, and we believe these results will help us to
accomplish our mission.”
Novocure is a commercial-stage oncology company developing a novel,
proprietary therapy called Tumor Treating Fields, or TTFields, for the
treatment of solid tumor cancers. Novocure’s commercialized product,
Optune, is approved for the treatment of adult patients with
glioblastoma. Novocure has ongoing or completed phase 2 pilot trials
investigating TTFields in non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer,
ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.
Headquartered in Jersey, Novocure has U.S. operations in Portsmouth, New
Hampshire, Malvern, Pennsylvania, and New York City. Additionally, the
company has offices in Germany, Switzerland and Japan, and a research
center in Haifa, Israel. For additional information about the company,
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In the United States, Optune is intended as a treatment for adult
patients (22 years of age or older) with histologically-confirmed
glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).
In the United States, Optune with temozolomide is indicated for the
treatment of adult patients with newly diagnosed, supratentorial
glioblastoma following maximal debulking surgery and completion of
radiation therapy together with concomitant standard of care
In the United States, for the treatment of recurrent GBM, Optune is
indicated following histologically-or radiologically-confirmed
recurrence in the supratentorial region of the brain after receiving
chemotherapy. The device is intended to be used as a monotherapy, and is
intended as an alternative to standard medical therapy for GBM after
surgical and radiation options have been exhausted.
Important Safety Information
Do not use Optune if you have an active implanted medical device, a
skull defect (such as, missing bone with no replacement), or bullet
fragments. Use of Optune together with implanted electronic devices has
not been tested and may theoretically lead to malfunctioning of the
implanted device. Use of Optune together with skull defects or bullet
fragments has not been tested and may possibly lead to tissue damage or
render Optune ineffective.
Do not use Optune if you are known to be sensitive to conductive
hydrogels. In this case, skin contact with the gel used with Optune may
commonly cause increased redness and itching, and rarely may even lead
to severe allergic reactions such as shock and respiratory failure.
Warnings and Precautions
Use Optune only after receiving training from qualified personnel, such
as your doctor, a nurse, or other medical personnel who have completed a
training course given by Novocure (the device manufacturer).
Do not use Optune if you are pregnant, you think you might be pregnant
or are trying to get pregnant. It is not known if Optune is safe or
effective in these populations.
The most common (≥10%) adverse events involving Optune in combination
with temozolomide were low blood platelet count, nausea, constipation,
vomiting, fatigue, scalp irritation from device use, headache,
convulsions, and depression.
The most common (≥10%) adverse events seen when using Optune alone were
scalp irritation from device use and headache.
The following adverse reactions were considered related to Optune when
using the device alone: scalp irritation from device use, headache,
malaise, muscle twitching, fall and skin ulcer.
All servicing procedures must be performed by qualified and trained
Do not use any parts that do not come with the Optune Treatment Kit, or
that were not sent to you by the device manufacturer or given to you by
Do not wet the device or transducer arrays.
If you have an underlying serious skin condition on the scalp, discuss
with your doctor whether this may prevent or temporarily interfere with
Please see http://www.optune.com/safety to
see the Optune Instructions For Use (IFU) for complete information
regarding the device’s indications, contraindications, warnings, and
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1 Stupp R, Taillibert S, Kanner AA, et al. Maintenance
therapy with tumor-treating fields plus temozolomide vs temozolomide
alone for glioblastoma: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA.