Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NAVB), a biopharmaceutical company focused on precision diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals, announced that today it held an update meeting with the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the pending Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) of Lymphoseek
(technetium Tc 99m tilmanocept) Injection. Lymphoseek is a lymphatic mapping agent designed to identify the lymph nodes that drain from a primary tumor, which have the highest probability of harboring cancer. As part of the MAA review process, Navidea presented Oral Explanations to the CHMP relating to open questions in the Lymphoseek MAA. At the conclusion of the meeting, the CHMP informed Navidea that the Committee will continue with its review of the MAA. Navidea believes the course of the review continues to be supportive of its market development plans and outlook for material revenue generation in Europe beginning in 2015, as previously disclosed.
Based on feedback received at the meeting, Navidea believes that the CHMP has found the safety and efficacy data submitted in the MAA for breast cancer and melanoma to be acceptable. The CHMP will now focus its review on the remaining areas of product specifications unique to the European application and on data from the Phase 3 study in head and neck cancer. During this process, the MAA remains active but the review clock will continue to be stopped while Navidea works with the CHMP to address these remaining areas.
"The European review of Lymphoseek continues to progress. The Oral Explanation meeting was productive and provided an opportunity for both Navidea and our technical experts to discuss the Lymphoseek application with the CHMP. We achieved our goals in this meeting of getting positive feedback on the breast cancer and melanoma aspects of the filing and clarifying the remaining areas of focus so the review can proceed in a timely manner. We appreciate the CHMP's constructive input and guidance,” stated Mark Pykett, VMD, PhD, Navidea CEO. “We will continue our ongoing dialogue with the EMA to address remaining areas and plan to provide further updates on this process in the coming weeks.”