An early SITC loser: Five Prime shares crushed as analysts fret over a snapshot on lead drug data
Shares of Five Prime Therapeutics $FPRX were crushed on Tuesday as word spread about their abstract released ahead of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer meeting this weekend detailing the first snapshot of data on a small group of pancreatic cancer patients treated with cabiralizumab and Opdivo.
In what turned out to be a nasty surprise for analysts, the abstract detailed an objective response rate of 10%, with three partial responses and a 6-month disease control rate of 13%. But the backlash also centered on the troubling safety data among 205 patients with solid tumors, with a 43% rate of Grade 3 to 5 (death) adverse events in the study which triggered a discontinuation rate of 13%.
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