Obsidian Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company dedicated to the development of next-generation cell and gene therapies with pharmacologic operating systems, announced the completion of a $49.5 million Series A financing to further build its technology platform and advance its lead programs toward clinical development.
Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have identified another cancer-surface molecule, CD22, and begun trials on B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) patients using an immuno-oncology approach similar to CAR-T. In the Phase I trial, 15 of the 21 patients who had previously relapsed or did not respond to anti-CD19 CAR-T, were treated with an anti-CD22 CAR-T therapy. Ten of the 15 patients had already received treatment for CD19-targeted treatment.
Kite, a Gilead Company, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted regular approval to Yescarta™ (axicabtagene ciloleucel), the first chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR T) therapy for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma after two or more lines of systemic therapy, including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) not otherwise specified, primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL), high-grade B-cell lymphoma, and DLBCL arising from follicular lymphoma (transformed follicular lymphoma, or TFL). Yescarta is not indicated for the treatment of patients with primary central nervous system lymphoma.
The FDA has approved a second chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy for cancer: Kite Pharma's axicabtagene ciloleucel (Yescarta) for the treatment of certain types of refractory large B-cell lymphoma, the agency announced.
A collaboration to develop next generation chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy (CAR-T) (RELATED: Kite begins EU trial of CAR–T therapy) was announced by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502) and Noile-Immune Biotech Inc..
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