Catch up on the latest news, breakthroughs, and announcements from biotechnology companies making advancements in cell and gene therapies.
The cell and gene therapy sectors are growing exponentially, with new players emerging daily and much progress being made both in and out of the lab. CGTLive’s Around the Helix is your chance to catch up with the latest news in cell and gene therapies, including partnerships, pipeline updates, and more.
The FDA has granted accelerated approval to bluebird bio's elivaldogene autotemcel (eli-cel; Lenti-D) for the treatment of early, active cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy (CALD) in patients without an HLA-matched donor.
Nanoscope Therapeutics Inc. announced full enrollment of its Phase 2 clinical trial of MCO-010, an ambient-light activatable Multi-Characteristic Opsin (MCO) optogenetic monotherapy to restore vision in blind patients, for Stargardt disease.
The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has released a draft report comparing clinical benefit and cost effectiveness of CSL’s etranacogene dezaparvovec (EtranaDez), an investigational gene therapy intended for the treatment of hemophilia B, and BioMarin’s valoctocogene roxaparvovec (val-rox; BMN-270), a gene therapy for the treatment of hemophilia A, to current standards of care.
A single-center study at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital assessed the real-world experience of 20 patients treated with idecabtagene vicleucel (ide-cel; Abecma) with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM) who had exhausted at least 4 lines of prior therapy.
The first patient has been dosed in a phase 2 clinical trial (NCT05536973) of Adverum Biotechnologies’ ixoberogene soroparvovec (ixo-vec, ADVM-022), an investigational gene therapy intended for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD).
Intellia has reported positive interim data from 2 ongoing clinical trials examining their in vivo CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing therapies, one for the treatment of transthyretin (ATTR) amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy and the other for hereditary angioedema (HAE).
A clinical trial application for AVROBIO’s AVR-RD-05, an investigational autologous hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) gene therapy intended for the treatment of neuronopathic mucopolysaccharidosis type II (nMPS-II; Hunter syndrome) being developed in a collaboration with University of Manchester (UoM), has been approved by the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Research Ethics Committee (REC), and Health Research Authority (HRA).
Patients with heavily pretreated multiple myeloma who received prior treatment with a BCMA-targeted therapy experienced high rates of minimal residual disease (MRD) negativity after being treated with ciltacabtagene autoleucel (cilta-cel; Carvykti).
AVROBIO’s AVR-RD-04, an investigational gene therapy intended for the treatment of cystinosis, has received rare pediatric disease designation from the FDA.
Marker Therapeutics has a received a $2 million grant from the FDA for the purpose of advancing the phase 2 ARTEMIS clinical trial (NCT04511130) for MT-401 (zelenoleucel), an investigational allogeneic multi-tumor-associated antigen (MultiTAA) T-cell therapy intended for the treatment of post-transplant acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
The FDA has cleared Artiva Biotherapeutics’ investigational new drug (IND) application for the chimeric antigen receptor NK (CAR-NK) cell therapy AB-201 for the potential treatment of solid tumors.
The company is discontinuting its phase 1 clinical trials for RTX-240 and RTX-224 and redirecting efforts towards developing its next generation red blood cell-based cell conjugation platform.
The facility, located in Shannon, Ireland, has been operational since earlier in 2022, is over 150,000 square feet, and contains facilities for viral vector production, plasmid DNA manufacturing, and quality control.
The the University of Louisville Health - Brown Cancer Center GMP Manufacturing Facility will serve as the manufacturing center for INB-400, a DeltEx allogeneic drug resistant immunotherapy platform (DRI) candidate intended to treat glioblastoma, which is expected to be investigated in a phase 2 clinical trial with the help of the partnership.
Carver Biosciences, founded in 2021, will explore bacterially-derived RNA-directed RNase Cas13 for use in the treatment of respiratory infections.
A focal point of the acquisition is Renovacor's REN-001, an investigational AAV-based gene therapy for the treatment of BAG3-associated cardiomyopathy.
Avectas' SOLUPORE delivery platform and GenScript'sGenCRISPR sgRNA and ss/dsDNA HDR templates will be used to improve the non-viral cell therapy manufacturing process.
The Manufacturing Business Unit consists of an 11,000 square foot cell therapy manufacturing facility, which Cellistic plans to optimize, and related personnel.
The VivoSTART leukopaks are GMP-grade and are capable of use in both research and manufacturing.
Bioctogen's TCR-mimic antibody platform and FineImmune's cell therapy platform will be utilized in the development of therapies that target intracellular tumor-associated antigens.
The SNAP-CAR technology is designed to be adaptable to targeting different hematologic and solid tumor types and has demonstrated proof-of-concept in preclinical mouse studies.
The combined company will focus on furthering the development of Carisma's chimeric antigen receptor macrophage (CAR-M) therapies, which have shown proof-of-mechanism in clinical trials.