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Novartis, Arvinas Agree to Strategic Collaboration to Develop Treatment for Prostate Cancer


Partnership also includes an agreement for Arvinas to sell its preclinical AR-V7 program to Novartis.

Healthy bladder and prostate gland anatomy on doctor hands over light blue background. Awareness of BPH, prostate cancer, bladder cancer and men health care. Urology and male reproductive concept. Image Credit: Adobe Stock Images/Orawan

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Novartis and Arvinas announced that they have agreed to terms on a collaboration to develop and commercialize ARV-766, Arvinas’ advanced Protac androgen receptor degrader designed for prostate cancer treatment. Per terms of the deal, Novartis will focus on worldwide clinical development, commercialization, and will obtain all associated rights for ARV-766 and the AR-V7 program. In turn, Arvinas will receive an upfront payment of $150 million, with the ability to receive up to $1.01 billion based on developmental, regulatory, and commercial milestones, plus royalties on sales of ARV-766.

Completion of the deal depends on when regulatory approvals are met, which requires acquiescence with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.1

“We are thrilled to partner with an organization that shares our dedication to delivering transformative medicines to patients with significant unmet need,” said John Houston, PhD, chairperson, president, CEO, Arvinas, in a press release. “We believe the expertise and scale of Novartis will broaden the development of ARV-766 and its potential to be a first- and best-in-class treatment for patients with prostate cancer. This strategic transaction also further validates our innovative PROTAC protein degrader platform and its potential to deliver new treatments.”

Last June, Arvinas revealed promising results from its Phase I/II dose escalation and expansion trial of ARV-766 in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). According to the company, the trial displayed promising activity in a heavily pre-treated, post-novel hormonal agent (NHA), all-comers patient population.2

“Tumor resistance mechanisms such as AR LBD mutations are increasing with earlier use of NHAs, leaving limited treatment options for men with prostate cancer in the post-NHA setting,” said Houston, in a press release. “It’s very exciting to see ARV-766 show signs of efficacy in these late-line patients, including in patients with L702H mutations. Our AR franchise now includes data showing two active clinical compounds with good tolerability profiles and the potential to address high unmet need in castrate-resistant and castrate-sensitive prostate cancer.”

Forty-two percent of patients with AR ligand-binding domain mutations reached a 50% reduction in prostate-specific antigen (PSA50). Additionally, 60% of patients who carried the L702H mutation achieved PSA50. Further details of these findings were discussed at the Jefferies Healthcare Conference on June 8, 2023.2

“The patients in this trial received extensive prior therapy for mCRPC and had limited alternative treatment options,” said Ron Peck, MD, chief medical officer, Arvinas, in the press release. “These data increase our confidence in our ability to bring innovative treatment options to a patient population with significant unmet need. We are excited by the progress in our AR franchise and the potential for bavdegalutamide and ARV-766 to address settings across the continuum of prostate cancer and potentially other AR-driven cancers.”


1. Arvinas Enters into a Transaction with Novartis, including a Global License Agreement for the Development and Commercialization of PROTAC® Androgen Receptor (AR) Protein Degrader ARV-766 for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer. Arvinas. April 11, 2024. Accessed April 12, 2024. https://ir.arvinas.com/news-releases/news-release-details/arvinas-enters-transaction-novartis-including-global-license

2. Arvinas Announces Interim Data from the ARV-766 Phase 1/2 Dose Escalation and Expansion Trial Showing Promising Signals of Efficacy in Late-line mCRPC, Including in Patients with AR L702H Mutations. Arvinas. June 8, 2023. Accessed April 12, 2024. https://ir.arvinas.com/news-releases/news-release-details/arvinas-announces-interim-data-arv-766-phase-12-dose-escalation

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