Month: October 2019

ADCs Pipeline Update: Sutro Biopharma Presents Encouraging Data in Patients with Advanced Ovarian Cancer

Sutro Biopharma, a California based, clinical-stage company, announced initial safety data in ovarian cancer patients from its ongoing phase I study (NCT03748186) of STRO-002. The drug is a folate receptor alpha (FolRα)-targeting antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) and potent anti-tumor activity in preclinical endometrial cancer patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models. The data are being presented at the AACR-NCI-EORTC Molecular Targets

ADCs Pipeline Update: Femtogenix Presents Novel Data on ADCs Containing Reduced Potency Payloads

Femtogenix, a UK based biotechnology company developing the next generation of DNA-interactive Antibody Drug Conjugate (ADC) payloads, announced data demonstrating the potent efficacy and favorable toxicity profile of a reduced potency analog from its Pyridinobenzodiazepine (PDD) ADC payload platform in solid tumor models. The presented data demonstrated that Femtogenix’s reduced potency payload has a favorable

Antibody Drug Conjugates Market Update: Ambrx and NovoCodex Collaborate

Ambrx and NovoCodex Biopharmaceuticals announced that they have formed a second collaboration to develop and commercialize Ambrx’s internally developed site-specific antibody drug conjugates (ADCs). What is the focus of the agreement: Under the agreement, Ambrx and NovoCodex will join forces to continue the development of ARX305, an Ambrx enabled ADC for the treatment of CD70 positive

Cell Therapy Manufacturing Market Update: Compal and University to set up GTP lab

The Compal Group’s Raypal Biomedical and Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital on October 22 signed an MoU to jointly set up a GTP (good tissue practice) cellular laboratory in Kaohsiung City, southern Taiwan. What are the key capabilities of Raypal: Founded in 2016, Raypal specializes in R&D of immunocyte and immunotherapy, stem cell and

Cell Therapy Pipeline Update: Talaris Therapeutics Announces Initiation of Phase 3 Clinical Trial

Talaris Therapeutics, a late-clinical stage biotechnology company based in Boston, MA and Louisville, KY, announced the initiation of FREEDOM-1 (NCT03995901), the company’s Phase 3 clinical trial of FCR001 in living donor kidney transplant (LDKT) recipients. What is the objective of the trial: This pivotal trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of a single dose of FCR001,

Gene Therapy Pipeline Update: Orchard Therapeutics Presents Data on Metachromatic Leukodystrophy

Orchard Therapeutics, a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company, announced initial results from a clinical trial (NCT03392987) with a cryopreserved formulation of OTL-200, gene therapy in development for the treatment of metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD). Get the details of the results here. What is OTL-200: OTL-200 is autologous CD34+ cells transduced with a lentiviral vector containing human arylsulfatase A (ARSA) complementary deoxyribonucleic

Cell Therapy Market Update: MaxCyte Advances Phase I Clinical Trial of Lead mRNA-based Cell Therapy

MaxCyte, the global cell-based therapies, and life sciences company, announced the initiation of dosing in the third cohort of patients of MaxCyte’s Phase I clinical trial (NCT03608618) with the next higher cell dose of MCY-M11. The dose-escalation trial is evaluating the safety and tolerability, as well as preliminary efficacy, of MCY-M11 administered intraperitoneally across a series

Genome Editing Market Update: Intellia Therapeutics Presents Data at the 2019 Annual Congress of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy

Intellia Therapeutics, one of the leading genome editing company focused on the development of curative therapeutics using CRISPR/Cas9 technology is presenting one oral presentation and four poster presentations at the 27th Annual Congress of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT) meeting taking place October 22-25, 2019, in Barcelona, Spain. Get a complete

Gene Therapy Pipeline Update: Adverum Biotechnologies Doses First Patient for Wet AMD

Adverum Biotechnologies, a clinical-stage gene therapy company developing drugs to teated rare ocular diseases, announced that the first patient was dosed in the third cohort (n=9) of the ongoing OPTIC phase 1 clinical trial (NCT03748784) for ADVM-022 for the treatment of neovascular or wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD). What is ADVM-022: ADVM-022 utilizes a propriety

Gene Therapy Pipeline Update: AVROBIO Receives Orphan-Drug Designation

AVROBIO, a US-based company, developing lentiviral-based gene therapies, has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan-drug designation for the Company’s investigational gene therapy, AVR-RD-02, for the treatment of Gaucher disease. What is AVR-RD-02: AVR-RD-02 consists of the patient’s own hematopoietic stem cells, genetically modified to express glucocerebrosidase (GCase), the enzyme that is deficient