Geron Announces FDA Acceptance of New Drug Application for Imetelstat for the Treatment of Lower Risk MDS

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FOSTER CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Geron Corporation (Nasdaq: GERN), a late-stage clinical biopharmaceutical company, today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the filing of Geron’s New Drug Application (NDA) for imetelstat, its first-in-class telomerase inhibitor, for the treatment of transfusion-dependent anemia in patients with lower risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).

“The FDA’s acceptance of our New Drug Application is an important landmark along our steadfast journey to bring telomerase inhibition with imetelstat to the market,” said John A. Scarlett, M.D., Geron’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the FDA toward the goal of bringing imetelstat to the many patients for whom we believe this treatment could make a significant difference.”

“FDA acceptance of our NDA is a significant milestone for both Geron and the MDS community, as there remain few treatment options and significant unmet needs, particularly for patients with difficult-to-treat subtypes of this cancer,” said Faye Feller, M.D., Executive Vice President, Geron’s Chief Medical Officer. “We believe that the IMerge Phase 3 data reflect the truly unique attributes of imetelstat, and, if approved, we expect imetelstat will change the standard of care in lower risk MDS.”

The NDA submission is based on results from IMerge Phase 3, in which the primary endpoint of 8-week transfusion independence (TI) was significantly higher with imetelstat vs. placebo (p

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