Athenex Announces UK MHRA Validation of Marketing Authorization Application for Oral Paclitaxel and Encequidar for Review


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BUFFALO, NY, November 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Athenex, Inc., (NASDAQ: ATNX), a global biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapies for the treatment of cancer and medical conditions Partners, today announced that its Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for oral paclitaxel and enequidar (oral paclitaxel) for the treatment of advanced breast cancer has been validated by the Regulatory Agency Medicines and Health Products (MHRA) from United Kingdom (UK) for review. The application is eligible for a 150-day evaluation during which a decision on product approval will be made.

“We have worked diligently on submitting the MAA to bring oral paclitaxel to patients with advanced breast cancer,” said Dr Rudolf Kwan, medical director of Athenex. “This is a key milestone for Oral Paclitaxel, the most advanced program in our Orascovery platform. The validation of the MAA is an important step in the regulatory process and underscores our commitment to make oral paclitaxel available to patients. “

A single pivotal phase III study on oral paclitaxel (KX-ORAX-001) served as the basis for the Marketing Authorization. The study was a randomized, controlled clinical trial designed to compare the safety and efficacy of oral paclitaxel as monotherapy versus IV paclitaxel as monotherapy in patients with metastatic breast cancer. As previously reported, the study successfully met its primary endpoint, showing a statistically significant improvement in overall response rate (ORR), as well as a lower incidence of neuropathy, for oral paclitaxel compared to paclitaxel IV.

About Athénex, Inc.

Founded in 2003, Athenex, Inc. is a global clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to becoming a leader in the discovery, development and commercialization of next-generation drugs for the treatment of cancer. Athenex is organized around three platforms, including an oncology innovation platform, a business platform and a global supply chain platform. The Company’s current clinical pipeline is mainly derived from the following core technologies: (1) Orascovery, based on a P-glycoprotein inhibitor, (2) Src kinase inhibition and (3) Cell therapy. Athenex employees around the world are dedicated to improving the lives of cancer patients by creating more active and tolerable treatments. For more information, please visit

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Daniel Lang, MD
Athenex, Inc.
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Caileigh Dougherty
Athenex, Inc.
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