INDUSTRIAL IMPACT, MEDICAL
Globenewswire | March 27, 2023
Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. a late-stage biotechnology company developing novel T cell-based cancer immunotherapies, announced it has completed its rolling Biologics License Application (BLA) submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for lifileucel. Lifileucel is a tumor infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapy intended as a treatment for patients with advanced melanoma who progressed on or after prior anti-PD-1/L1 therapy and targeted therapy, where applicable. There are no FDA approved therapies in this treatment setting.
Frederick Vogt, Ph.D., J.D., Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Iovance, stated, “Completing our BLA submission for lifileucel is a critical step forward in our journey to deliver the first individualized, one-time cell therapy for a solid tumor. I would like to acknowledge the patients and physicians who participated in the C-144-01 clinical trial and the FDA review team for their commitment and support, as well as our internal team for their tremendous effort in completing the first BLA submission for Iovance. Our preparations for commercialization remain on track to support a launch later this year. We look forward to continued collaboration with the FDA as they review this new class of treatment for advanced melanoma patients with limited options.”
The BLA submission for lifileucel is supported by positive clinical data from the C-144-01 clinical trial in patients with advanced post-anti-PD1 melanoma. Following a successful pre-BLA meeting with the FDA, Iovance is pursuing accelerated approval in this indication. Iovance also reached agreement with the FDA regarding the registrational trial design for the Phase 3 TILVANCE-301 trial of lifileucel in combination with pembrolizumab in frontline advanced melanoma. TILVANCE-301 is intended to support full approval of lifileucel in post-anti-PD-1 advanced melanoma and is also designed to support registration for lifileucel in combination with pembrolizumab as therapy for advanced melanoma in the frontline setting. Startup activities for TILVANCE-301 are ongoing and the trial is expected to be well underway at the time of potential accelerated approval for lifileucel in advanced post-anti-PD-1 melanoma.
Marc Hurlbert, Ph.D., CEO of the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), said, “MRA congratulates Iovance for completing the BLA submission and moving closer toward making TIL therapy an option for people with advanced melanoma who have progressed following prior treatments. We hope for an FDA approval as quickly as possible for patients with significant unmet need who have no approved treatment options.”
Following receipt of the complete rolling BLA submission for lifileucel, the FDA has 60 days to determine the acceptability of the BLA for review. The rolling BLA allowed Iovance to submit portions of the BLA to the FDA on an ongoing basis, enabling the FDA to begin review as early as possible as documents were received. The rolling BLA submission and eligibility for priority review are benefits available under the FDA’s guidance on expedited programs for serious conditions, which allow for an expedited six-month review from the time of BLA acceptance. In addition, the FDA previously granted a regenerative medicine advanced therapy (RMAT) designation for lifileucel in advanced melanoma.
About Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc.
Iovance Biotherapeutics aims to be the global leader in innovating, developing and delivering tumor infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapies for patients with cancer. We are pioneering a transformational approach to cure cancer by harnessing the human immune system’s ability to recognize and destroy diverse cancer cells in each patient. Our lead late-stage TIL product candidate, lifileucel for metastatic melanoma, has the potential to become the first approved one-time cell therapy for a solid tumor cancer. The Iovance TIL platform has demonstrated promising clinical data across multiple solid tumors. We are committed to continuous innovation in cell therapy, including gene-edited cell therapy, that may extend and improve life for patients with cancer.
Globenewswire | May 18, 2023
Cellectis a clinical-stage biotechnology company using its pioneering gene-editing platform to develop life-saving cell and gene therapies, today presents clinical data on its Phase 1 AMELI-01 clinical trial (evaluating UCART123) that were unveiled in an oral presentation at the 64th American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting, as well as preclinical data on multiplex engineering for superior generation of CAR T-cells, at the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 2023 Annual Meeting.
Preliminary Clinical Data from the AMELI-01 Study Presented at ASH 2022
AMELI-01 is a Phase 1 open-label dose-escalation trial evaluating the safety, tolerability, expansion and preliminary activity of UCART123 given at escalating dose levels after lymphodepletion (LD) with either fludarabine and cyclophosphamide (FC) or FC with alemtuzumab (FCA) in patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (r/r AML).
The oral presentation reviewed preliminary data from patients who received UCART123 at one of the following dose levels: dose level 1 (DL1) 2.5x105 cells/kg; dose level 2 (DL2) 6.25x105 cells/kg; intermediate dose level 2 (DL2i) 1.5x106 cells/kg; or dose level 3 (DL3) 3.30x106 cells/kg after lymphodepletion with FC ([n=8], DL1 – DL3) or FCA ([n=9], DL2 & DL2i).
Preliminary Safety Data
The FCA LD regimen resulted in robust lymphodepletion for greater than 28 days in all patients. Seven out of nine patients demonstrated UCART123 expansion, with maximum concentration (Cmax) ranging from 13,177 to 330,530 copies/μg DNA, an almost nine-fold increase compared with FC LD, and a significant increase in area under the curve (AUC) (0-28 days) (p=0.04; FC 10.2 vs. FCA 34.9).
Cytokine release syndrome (CRS) occurred in eight patients in the FC arm and nine patients in the FCA arm. In the FC arm, one patient experienced Grade 3 immune effector cell-associated neurotoxicity syndrome (ICANS) and two patients experienced Grade 4 protocol-defined dose limiting toxicities (DLTs) secondary to CRS. In the FCA arm, two patients experienced Grade 5 DLTs secondary to CRS.
Patient Enrollment in a 2-Dose Regimen Arm
Overall, these preliminary data support the continued administration of UCART123 after FCA lymphodepletion in patients with r/r AML. Based on observed UCART123 expansion patterns and cytokine profiles, pursuant to an amended protocol, a second dose of UCART123 is given after 10-14 days to allow for additional UCART123 expansion and clinical activity without the use of additional lymphodepletion. The UCART123 cell expansion from the second dose of UCART123, in the setting of reduced disease burden, is expected to be safe and allow for clearance of residual disease.
Cellectis is a clinical-stage biotechnology company using its pioneering gene-editing platform to develop life-saving cell and gene therapies. Cellectis utilizes an allogeneic approach for CAR-T immunotherapies in oncology, pioneering the concept of off-the-shelf and ready-to-use gene-edited CAR T-cells to treat cancer patients, and a platform to make therapeutic gene editing in hemopoietic stem cells for various diseases. As a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with over 23 years of experience and expertise in gene editing, Cellectis is developing life-changing product candidates utilizing TALEN®, its gene editing technology, and PulseAgile, its pioneering electroporation system to harness the power of the immune system in order to treat diseases with unmet medical needs. Cellectis’ headquarters are in Paris, France, with locations in New York, New York and Raleigh, North Carolina. Cellectis is listed on the Nasdaq Global Market and on Euronext Growth .
CELL AND GENE THERAPY, INDUSTRIAL IMPACT
Caris Life Sciences | March 09, 2023
Caris Life Sciences®, a leading molecular science and technology firm and Incyte Corporation have recently announced a strategic research partnership to advance precision medicine approaches for Incyte's oncology pipeline.
Caris' innovative technology integrates data from whole exome sequencing, protein analysis, whole transcriptome sequencing and proprietary AI models and signatures to enhance patient outcomes through personalized medicine development. The partnership will initially apply Caris' data and analytics tools, comprehensive molecular liquid and tissue profiling services, and clinical trial enrollment program capabilities spans two therapeutic programs, with the option to expand to four total programs.
Incyte will use Caris' data insights and analytics capabilities to uncover novel biomarkers and enhance clinical positioning strategies for its oncology initiatives. Patients enrolling in Incyte-led clinical trials will be subjected to longitudinal testing with Caris' comprehensive tissue and liquid molecular profiling tests for drug candidates developed as part of the agreement. Incyte will also use Caris' biomarker-driven patient selection for clinical trials, with the possibility of collaborating on creating companion diagnostics for the partnership's programs.
Caris Life Sciences President and Chief Scientific Officer David Spetzler, MS, Ph.D., MBA, commented, "This partnership with Incyte will leverage Caris' leading molecular science and technology solutions to support Incyte's oncology research and development efforts." He further emphasized, "The aggregate strength of our platform, which provides patient level DNA and RNA data both in tissue and blood, may help to better identify and predict patient response to therapy, which in turn may accelerate clinical trial enrollment, optimize clinical positioning and potentially enhance technical and regulatory success."
(Source – PR Newswire)
About Caris Life Sciences
Caris Life Sciences® is a leading molecular science firm that utilizes advanced technologies to revolutionize healthcare. Its suite of molecular profiling offerings, which assess RNA, DNA and proteins, enables patients, researchers and physicians to improve outcomes and save lives by revealing a molecular blueprint. Additionally, it is advancing precision medicine through the use of advanced AI and machine learning algorithms by utilizing its proprietary analytics engine, DEAN™, to develop a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms of cancer. This information helps physicians to better identify and predict patient response to therapy and supports researchers and biopharmaceutical companies in research development, clinical trials, and target identification. With headquarters in Irving, Texas, the company has offices in several locations worldwide, providing services throughout the US, Europe, Asia, and other international markets.