FDA formally rejects its kidney-cancer drug candidate, Aveo Pharmaceuticals says

Aveo Pharmaceuticals Inc. said in a Monday press release that it has received a formal rejection of a kidney-cancer drug candidate from the US Food and Drug Administration.

The news was expected. Last week, Cambridge-based Aveo said it would lay off 140 employees as it looks to scrap the kidney-cancer drug candidate and re-focus on other experimental drugs in its pipeline.

Aveo announced the restructuring after an advisory panel recommended last month that the FDA reject Aveo’s new drug application for tivozanib as a treatment for renal cell carcinoma. The disease is a form of kidney cancer that kills tens of thousands of people around the world annually.

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