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Capmatinib: First Approval

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posted on 2021-03-28, 20:44 authored by Sohita Dhillon


Funding The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.

Authorship and Conflict of interest During the peer review process the manufacturer of the agent under review was offered an opportunity to comment on the article. Changes resulting from any comments received were made by the authors on the basis of scientific completeness and accuracy. Sohita Dhillon is a contracted employee of Adis International Ltd/Springer Nature and declares no relevant conflicts of interest. All authors contributed to the review and are responsible for the article content.

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Capmatinib (Tabrecta™) is an oral, small molecule mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET) inhibitor being developed by Novartis Oncology, under a license from Incyte Corporation, for the treatment of lung cancer. Capmatinib targets and selectively binds to MET, including the mutant variant produced by exon 14 skipping, and inhibits cancer cell growth driven by the mutant MET variant. In May 2020, oral capmatinib received its first global approval in the USA for the treatment of adults with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumours have a mutation that leads to MET exon 14 skipping, as detected by an FDA-approved test. Clinical development for the treatment of glioblastoma, liver cancer, malignant melanoma, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, head and neck cancer and solid tumours is ongoing in several countries. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of capmatinib leading to its first approval.

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