Pharmacyclics Files Supplemental New Drug Application for IMBRUVICA With Phase III CLL Study Data

In Press Release by Cameron


April 8, 2014

Pharmacyclics, Inc. announced that it has submitted a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), based on data from the randomized, multi-center, open-label Phase III RESONATETM study, PCYC-1112, a head-to-head comparison of single agent IMBRUVICATM(ibrutinib) versus ofatumumab in 391 patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), who had received at least one prior therapy. IMBRUVICA is being jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics and Janssen Biotech, Inc.

At a planned interim analysis in January 2014, the results of the RESONATE study demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in progression-free survival, the primary endpoint of the study, in patients treated with IMBRUVICA. Further, patients in the IMBRUVICA arm also showed a statistically significant improvement in overall survival, a key secondary endpoint of the trial. The safety profile of IMBRUVICA was acceptable and showed a favorable risk benefit profile. Data from this study will be discussed in a presentation at the 50th annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago, May 30 – June 3, 2014.

“This supplemental new drug application in previously treated CLL patients is our first Phase III submission to the FDA seeking full approval for the use of IMBRUVICA. It is another major milestone in our clinical development plan, which currently includes 10 Phase III studies,” said Bob Duggan, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Pharmacyclics. “Our company’s mission is to serve as an ally to patients. In the RESONATE study, single agent IMBRUVICA provided a significant benefit for patients with CLL. We look forward to working with the FDA as they review the data from this Phase III study.”

The FDA granted an accelerated approval for IMBRUVICA as a single agent for the treatment of patients with MCL or CLL, who have received at least one prior therapy. The accelerated approval for these indications was based on the overall response rate (ORR) of patients in the Phase II clinical studies of PCYC-1102 and PCYC-1104. An improvement in survival or disease-related symptoms was not established in these studies. IMBRUVICA is the first once-daily, single-agent, oral kinase inhibitor for patients with MCL or CLL who have received one prior therapy.

CLL is a slow-growing blood cancer of the white blood cells (lymphocytes), most commonly B-cells. CLL is the most common adult leukemia. Approximately 16,000 patients in the U.S. are diagnosed each year with CLL. The prevalence of CLL is approximately 114,500 in the U.S. CLL is a chronic disease that predominantly occurs in the elderly and the average age of diagnosis is 72.The five-year survival is approximately 82 percent.

MCL is also a blood cancer; it is an aggressive type of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) that usually occurs in older adults. The disease typically involves the lymph nodes, but can spread to other tissues, such as bone marrow, liver, spleen, and gastrointestinal tract. The prevalence of MCL is approximately 11,300 in the U.S. and patients survive an average of five years.

CLL and MCL are both classified as orphan or rare diseases, defined as agents which affect fewer than 200,000 Americans. Patients commonly receive multiple lines of treatment over the course of their disease.


IMBRUVICA is indicated for the treatment of:

  • Patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) who have received at least one prior therapy.
  • Patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who have received at least one prior therapy.

The FDA’s accelerated approval of these indications was based on the overall response rate of patients in the Phase II clinical trials of PCYC-1102 and PCYC-1104. Improvements in survival or disease-related symptoms were not established in these studies.

IMBRUVICA is indicated for the treatment of patients with mantle cell lymphoma or chronic lymphocytic leukemia who have received at least one prior therapy.1 For more information about IMBRUVICA, including the full prescribing information, please IMBRUVICA is a first in class, oral therapy and is a new agent that inhibits a protein called Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK).1 BTK is a key signaling molecule of the B-cell receptor signaling complex that plays an important role in the survival and spread of malignant B cells.8,9,10 IMBRUVICA blocks signals that tell malignant B cells to multiply and spread uncontrollably.1,11It is one of the first medicines to file for FDA approval via the new Breakthrough Therapy Designation pathway, enablingPharmacyclics to rapidly bring this medicine to patients in need.

To date, nine Phase III trials have been initiated with ibrutinib and a total of 39 trials are currently registered on Janssen and Pharmacyclics entered a collaboration and license agreement in December 2011 to co-develop and co-commercialize IMBRUVICA.

About Pharmacyclics

Pharmacyclics® is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative small-molecule drugs for the treatment of cancer and immune mediated diseases. Our mission and goal is to build a viable biopharmaceutical company that designs, develops and commercializes novel therapies intended to improve quality of life, increase duration of life and resolve serious unmet medical healthcare needs; and to identify and control promising product candidates based on scientific development and administrational expertise, develop our products in a rapid, cost-efficient manner and pursue commercialization and/or development partners when and where appropriate.

Pharmacyclics markets IMBRUVICA and has three product candidates in clinical development and several preclinical molecules in lead optimization. The company is committed to high standards of ethics, scientific rigor, and operational efficiency as it moves each of these programs to viable commercialization.

Pharmacyclics is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol PCYC. To learn more about howPharmacyclics advances science to improve human healthcare visit us at