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AnHeart Therapeutics and Innovent Announce China’s NMPA has Accepted Second New Drug Application for Taletrectinib for First-Line Treatment of ROS1-Positive Lung Cancer

March 4, 2024

NEW YORK, NY, and SUZHOU, China – March 4, 2024 – AnHeart Therapeutics (“AnHeart”), a global clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel precision therapies for people with cancer, and Innovent Biologics, Inc. (“Innovent”) (HKEX: 01801), a world-class biopharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and commercializes high quality medicines for the treatment of oncology, metabolic, autoimmune, ophthalmology and other major diseases, today announced that the Center for Drug Evaluation (CDE) of China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) has accepted a second New Drug Application (NDA) for taletrectinib, a next-generation ROS1 tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI). This NDA is for taletrectinib as a first-line treatment for adult patients with locally advanced or metastatic ROS1-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have not previously been treated with ROS1 TKIs. 

In 2023, China’s NMPA accepted taletrectinib’s first NDA and granted Priority Review Designation for adult patients with locally advanced or metastatic ROS1-positive NSCLC who have been previously treated with ROS1 TKIs. Both NDAs in China are based on positive results from the Phase 2 TRUST-I (NCT04395677) trial. Data from an interim analysis of TRUST-I were presented at the European Lung Cancer Congress (ELCC) 2023 and additional data from TRUST-I is planned to be presented at an upcoming medical meeting in 2024. 

“I am pleased this second NDA for taletrectinib has been accepted in China. We need additional options for our patients who are newly diagnosed with advanced or metastatic ROS1-positive NSCLC that may improve upon the first-generation medicines,” said Professor Caicun Zhou, Principal Investigator and Oncologist at Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital. 

“The acceptance of this NDA in China supports our belief in taletrectinib as a first-line treatment for people with advanced or metastatic ROS1-positive NSCLC, and we are excited by the opportunity to bring a potentially transformative medicine to people earlier in their treatment journey,” said Bing Yan, MD, President, AnHeart China. “We plan to work closely with our partners at Innovent and regulatory authorities in China to continue progressing taletrectinib as part of our mission to improve the lives of people with cancer.” 

“Given the clinically demonstrated benefits of taletrectinib in the TRUST-I trial, we are pleased to see the second NDA accepted by the NMPA of China,” said Dr. Hui Zhou, Senior Vice President of Innovent. “We will continue close communications with our partner AnHeart Therapeutics and regulatory authorities in China, hoping to bring this new generation of targeted therapy to all appropriate patients with ROS1-positive NSCLC as a standard initial treatment option.”

About Taletrectinib

Taletrectinib is an oral, potent, brain penetrant, selective, next-generation potential best-in-class ROS1 inhibitor. 

Taletrectinib is being evaluated for the treatment of ROS1-positive NSCLC patients in two Phase 2 trials, TRUST-I (NCT04395677) in China, and TRUST-II (NCT04919811), a global pivotal trial. 

In 2022, taletrectinib was granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation by the CDE of China’s NMPA for the treatment of adult patients with advanced or metastatic ROS1-positive NSCLC who are ROS1 TKI naïve as well as those who have previously been treated with ROS1 TKIs.

Taletrectinib has also been granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation in the United States for the treatment of ROS1-positive NSCLC by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In 2021, AnHeart and Innovent entered into an exclusive license agreement for the co-development and commercialization of taletrectinib in Greater China, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. 

About ROS1-Positive NSCLC in China

More than one million people globally are diagnosed with NSCLC annually, the most common form of lung cancer. It is estimated that approximately 3% of people with NSCLC in China are ROS1-positive. There are two approved first-generation TKIs for people with newly diagnosed advanced or metastatic ROS1-positive NSCLC in China and no approved therapies for people whose ROS1-positive NSCLC has progressed following treatment with these medicines. Up to 35% of people newly diagnosed with metastatic ROS1-positive NSCLC have tumors that have spread to the brain (brain metastases), increasing up to 55% for those whose cancer has progressed following initial treatment.

About AnHeart Therapeutics

AnHeart Therapeutics (“AnHeart”) is a global clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel precision therapies for people with cancer. Our lead investigational therapy, taletrectinib, is a next-generation ROS1-inhibitor currently in pivotal Phase 2 trials for ROS1-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Taletrectinib has been granted Breakthrough Therapy Designations by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA). China’s NMPA has accepted and is reviewing New Drug Applications for taletrectinib for the treatment of adult patients with locally advanced or metastatic ROS1-positive NSCLC who either have or have not previously been treated with ROS1 TKIs. AnHeart’s second investigational therapy, safusidenib, is a mIDH1-inhibitor being evaluated in a Phase 2 trial for IDH1-mutant glioma. 

Our mission is to improve the lives of people with cancer. We are supported by leading life sciences investors and have built an organization with deep oncology drug discovery and development expertise, with offices in New York and Shanghai. For more information, visit or follow us on LinkedIn at  

About Innovent

Innovent is a leading biopharmaceutical company founded in 2011 with the mission to provide high-quality biologics that are affordable to all. The company discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes innovative medicines that treat some of the most intractable illnesses. Its pioneering therapies treat cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic, autoimmune and eye diseases. Innovent has 10 products in the market, 3 new drug applications under the NMPA review, 4 assets in Phase III or pivotal clinical trials and 19 more molecules in early clinical stage. Innovent partners with over 30 global healthcare leaders, including Eli Lilly, Roche, Sanofi, Adimab, Incyte and MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Guided by the motto, “Start with Integrity, Succeed through Action,” Innovent maintains the highest standard of industry practices and works collaboratively to advance the biopharmaceutical industry so that first-rate pharmaceutical drugs can become widely accessible. For more information, visit, or follow Innovent on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Charlotte Arnold, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer