InnoCare Announces First Prescription of Tafasitamab in Combination with Lenalidomide for Relapsed or Refractory Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma Under Greater Bay Area’s Early Access Program


BEIJING, China. Jan. 22, 2024 - InnoCare (HKEX: 09969; SSE:688428) today announced that tafasitamab (Minjuvi®) in combination with lenalidomide has been recently approved by the Medical Products Administration of Guangdong Province, under the early access program in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (“Greater Bay Area” for short), for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) who are not eligible for autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT). Through this program, the first prescription of tafasitamab in combination with lenalidomide was filled today at the Guangdong Clifford Hospital for an eligible DLBCL patient.


The early access program of the Greater Bay Area allows designated medical institutions in the area to access drugs and medical devices that have been approved by regulatory authorities for marketing in Hong Kong or Macao.

Dr. Jasmine Cui, Co-founder, Chairwoman and CEO of InnoCare, said, “We are pleased to provide eligible patients access to tafasitamab in the Greater Bay Area. To fulfil the mission ‘Science drives innovation for the benefit of patients’, InnoCare will accelerate the registrational trial of tafasitamab and lenalidomide in mainland China in the hopes of addressing the unmet medical needs.”

Patient enrollment of the registrational trial of tafasitamab in combination with lenalidomide for the treatment of r/r DLBCL was completed in China. InnoCare expects to submit the biologics license application (BLA) in the second quarter of 2024.

Tafasitamab, a humanized Fc-modified cytolytic CD19-targeting immunotherapy, is not approved by the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) for any indication in China, except that tafasitamab in combination with lenalidomide has been approved for the treatment of eligible DLBCL patients in Hong Kong, and under the early access program in Boao Lecheng International Medical Tourism Pilot Zone as well as Greater Bay Area.

Tafasitamab is conditionally approved by both the U.S., Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) in combination with lenalidomide for the treatment of relapsed or refractory DLBCL patients who are not eligible for the ASCT.

DLBCL is the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), and its incidence accounts for 31% to 34% of NHL globally. In China, DLBCL accounts for 45.8% of all NHLs[1].

About Tafasitamab

Tafasitamab is a humanized Fc-modified CD19 targeting immunotherapy.

In 2010, MorphoSys licensed exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize tafasitamab from Xencor, Inc.

Tafasitamab incorporates an XmAb® engineered Fc domain, which mediates B-cell lysis through apoptosis and immune effector mechanism including Antibody-Dependent Cell-Mediated Cytotoxicity (ADCC) and Antibody-Dependent Cellular Phagocytosis (ADCP).

In the United States, Monjuvi® (tafasitamab-cxix) is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in combination with lenalidomide for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory DLBCL not otherwise specified, including DLBCL arising from low grade lymphoma, and who are not eligible for ASCT. This indication is approved under accelerated approval based on overall response rate. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification of clinical benefit in a confirmatory trial(s). Please see the U.S., full Prescribing Information for Monjuvi for important safety information.

In Europe, Minjuvi® (tafasitamab) received conditional approval, in combination with lenalidomide, followed by Minjuvi monotherapy, for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) who are not eligible for autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT).

Tafasitamab is being clinically investigated as a therapeutic option in B-cell malignancies in several ongoing combination trials. Its safety and efficacy for these investigational uses have not been established in pivotal trials.

Monjuvi® and Minjuvi® are registered trademarks of MorphoSys AG. Tafasitamab is co-marketed by Incyte and MorphoSys under the brand name MONJUVI® in the U.S.,and marketed by Incyte under the brand name Minjuvi® in Europe and Canada. As part of its agreement with MorphoSys, Incyte received exclusive commercialization rights for tafasitamab outside the United States, and in August 2021, Incyte entered into a collaboration and license agreement with InnoCare for the development and exclusive commercialization of tafasitamab in hematology and oncology in Greater China.

XmAb® is a registered trademark of Xencor, Inc.

About InnoCare

InnoCare is a commercial stage biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing, and commercializing first-in-class and/or best-in-class drugs for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases. We strategically focus on lymphoma, solid tumors, and autoimmune diseases with high unmet medical needs in China and worldwide. InnoCare has branches in Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and United States.

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[1] 中华医学会血液学分会Hematology Branch of Chinese Medical Association