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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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Report of Foreign Issuer


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AstraZeneca PLC

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DURVALUMAB ATLANTIC TRIAL SUPPORTS CLINICAL ACTIVITY AND ASTRAZENECA’S OVERALL IMMUNO-ONCOLOGY STRATEGY

Durvalumab demonstrated clinical activity and durable responses in 3rd-line or later stage NSCLC patients; full data to be presented at a scientific congress in 2016

Durvalumab monotherapy and combination trials on track in multiple cancers, including 1st-line therapy for NSCLC, head & neck and bladder cancers

AstraZeneca today provided an update on preliminary findings from the ATLANTIC trial of durvalumab as 3rd-line or later stage therapy in patients with locally advanced or metastatic programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that lacks epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) or ALK alterations. An initial analysis supports durvalumab’s clinical activity, with durable responses and an established safety profile in these difficult-to-treat patients.

ATLANTIC investigated the efficacy and tolerability of durvalumab in patients who received at least two prior systemic treatment regimens including platinum-based chemotherapy, and who have limited options for further therapy. A full evaluation of the data is ongoing and the results will be presented at a scientific congress in 2016.

Sean Bohen, Executive Vice President, Global Medicines Development and Chief Medical Officer at AstraZeneca, said: “As we have seen in other studies, durvalumab has demonstrated expected clinical activity and durable response in these heavily pre-treated patients. As previously communicated, the treatment and regulatory landscape in lung cancer is evolving. We now believe it is unlikely that ATLANTIC can be used for regulatory submission as a monotherapy, but we will make that determination following a full analysis of the data. Durvalumab is a cornerstone of our immuno-oncology portfolio with a fast advancing development programme focused primarily on novel combinations.”
 

A comprehensive durvalumab registration programme is underway across multiple tumour types, stages of disease, and lines of therapy both as monotherapy and in combination. This forms part of AstraZeneca’s late-stage immuno-oncology programme and includes more than 9,000 patients in 16 clinical trials in lung, bladder, head & neck, and other cancers, summarised below.
 
DURVALUMAB DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Status as of Year-To-Date and Q3 2015 Financial results on 5 November 2015
Next update with FY 2015 Results on 4 February 2016
 
LUNG CANCER
Name
Phase
Line of treatment
Population
Design
Timelines
Status
                                                                                                                                                                                            Early disease
 
Monotherapy
ADJUVANT
III
N/A
Stage Ib-IIIa NSCLC
durvalumab vs placebo
Data expected 2020
Recruiting
PACIFIC
III
N/A
Stage III unresect-able NSCLC
durvalumab vs placebo
Data expected 2017
Recruiting
                                                                                                                                                                         Advanced/metastatic disease
Monotherapy
ATLANTIC
II
3rd line
PD-L1 pos. NSCLC
durvalumab (single arm)
Full data 2016
-
Combination therapy
ARCTIC
III
3rd line
NSCLC
durvalumab vs SoC (PD-L1 pos.) or durvalumab vs tremelimumab vs durva + treme vs SoC (PD-L1 neg.)
Data expected 2017
Recruiting
MYSTIC
III
1st line
NSCLC (PFS endpoint)
durvalumab vs durva + treme vs SoC
Data expected 2017
First patient dosed
NEPTUNE
III
1st line
NSCLC
(OS endpoint)
durva + treme vs SoC
Data expected 2018
Awaiting first patient dosed
-
III
1st line
NSCLC
durvalumab + chemotherapy +/- tremelimumab
 
In preparation
CAURAL
III
2nd line
T790M+ NSCLC
osimertinib vs osimertinib + durvalumab
Data expected 2018
Initiated enrolment; currently on partial clinical hold to characterise incidence of interstitial lung disease
 
METASTATIC HEAD AND NECK CANCER
Name
Phase
Line of treatment
Population
Design
Timelines
Status
Monotherapy
HAWK
II
2nd line
PD-L1 pos. SCCHN
durvalumab (single arm)
Data expected
H2 2016
Recruiting
Indication granted FDA Fast Track designation
Combination therapy
CONDOR
II
2nd line
PD-L1 neg. SCCHN
durvalumab vs tremelimumab vs durva + treme
Data expected 2017
Recruiting
EAGLE
III
2nd line
SCCHN
durvalumab vs durva + treme vs SoC
Data expected 2018
In preparation
KESTREL
III
1st line
SCCHN
durvalumab vs durva + treme vs SoC
Data expected 2018
In preparation
 
METASTATIC BLADDER CANCER
Name
Phase
Line of treatment
Population
Design
Timelines
Status
DANUBE
III
1st line
Cisplatin chemo-
therapy-eligible/
ineligible
durvalumab vs durva + treme vs SoC
Data expected 2018
First patient dosed
OTHER TUMOUR TYPES
Name
Phase
Line of treatment
Indication
Design
Timelines
Status
-
II
2nd/
3rd line
Metastatic gastric cancer
durvalumab vs tremelimumab vs durva + treme
 
In preparation
-
II
2nd line
Unresect-able liver cancer
durvalumab vs tremelimumab vs durva + treme
 
In preparation
ALPS
II
2nd line
Metastatic pancreatic cancer
durva + treme (single arm)
 
In preparation
SoC = Standard of Care, PFS = Progression Free Survival, OS = Overall Survival

About durvalumab (MEDI4736)
Durvalumab is an investigational human monoclonal antibody directed against PD-L1. Signals from PD-L1 help tumours avoid detection by the immune system. Durvalumab blocks these signals, countering the tumour's immune-evading tactics. Durvalumab is being developed, alongside other immunotherapies, to empower the patient's immune system and attack the cancer. Durvalumab is being investigated in an extensive clinical trial programme, as monotherapy or in combination with tremelimumab, in NSCLC, head and neck, gastric, pancreatic, bladder and blood cancers.

About the ATLANTIC trial
ATLANTIC is a Phase II, non-comparative, open-label, multi-centre, international trial of durvalumab in patients with locally advanced or metastatic NSCLC (Stage IIIB-IV) who have received at least two prior systemic treatment regimens including one platinum-based chemotherapy regimen.

About AstraZeneca in Oncology
Oncology is a therapy area in which AstraZeneca has deep-rooted heritage. It will be potentially transformational for the company’s future, becoming the sixth growth platform. Our vision is to help patients by redefining the cancer treatment paradigm and one day eliminate cancer as a cause of death. By 2020, we are aiming to bring six new cancer medicines to patients.

Our broad pipeline of next-generation medicines is focused on four main disease areas – lung, ovarian, breast and haematological cancers. These are being targeted through four key platforms – immuno-oncology, the genetic drivers of cancer and resistance, DNA damage repair and antibody drug conjugates.

About AstraZeneca
AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of diseases in three main therapy areas - respiratory, inflammation, autoimmune disease (RIA), cardiovascular and metabolic disease (CVMD) and oncology – as well as in infection and neuroscience. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. For more information please visit: www.astrazeneca.com

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Key: RIA - Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity, CVMD - Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease,
ING - Infection, Neuroscience and Gastrointestinal
       
18 December 2015

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SIGNATURES



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

AstraZeneca PLC




Date: 18 December 2015
By:  /s/ Adrian Kemp
 
Name: Adrian Kemp
 
Title: Company Secretary