Corvus Pharmaceuticals Announces Orphan Drug Designation Granted to Soquelitinib for the Treatment of T Cell Lymphoma
BURLINGAME, Calif., Feb. 08, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Corvus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRVS), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Orphan Drug Designation for soquelitinib for the treatment of T cell lymphoma. Soquelitinib, the Company’s lead ITK inhibitor candidate, is expected to advance into a Phase 3 registrational clinical trial in patients with relapsed peripheral T cell lymphoma (PTCL) in the second quarter 2024.
“Peripheral T cell lymphoma is an aggressive subset of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma typically associated with a poor prognosis,” said Richard A. Miller, M.D., co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Corvus. “For these patients, there is significant need for new therapies given that existing drugs provide limited efficacy and are associated with significant toxicity. There are no FDA approved agents for relapsed PTCL. The orphan drug designation is an important milestone in the development of soquelitinib that reinforces the unmet need for patients with T cell lymphoma.”
FDA Orphan Drug Designation is granted to investigational therapies addressing rare medical diseases or conditions that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the United States. Orphan drug status provides benefits to drug developers, including assistance in the drug development process, tax credits for clinical costs, exemptions from certain FDA fees and seven years of post-approval marketing exclusivity.
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