Cellular Biomedicine Group (CBMG) Approved in China to Commence CAR-T Against DLBCL Phase 1 Trial

November 29, 2016 7:18 AM EST

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Cellular Biomedicine Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CBMG) announces the approval and commencement of patient enrollment in China for its CARD-1 (“CAR-T Against DLBCL”) Phase I clinical trial utilizing its optimized proprietary C-CAR011 construct of CD19 chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy for the treatment of patients with refractory Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma (DLBCL). The CARD-1 trial has begun enrollment with final data expected to be available in the second half of 2017. Based on the CARD-1 results, CBMG expects to initiate a larger Phase II clinical trial as soon as practicable.

“Our CARD-1 trial represents the first CBMG-sponsored clinical trial after CBMG’s acquisition of its CAR-T technology and data from the PLA General Hospital (PLAGH, also known as 301 Hospital) in Beijing. We are proud of this major corporate milestone where CBMG has taken existing technology and improved it with proprietary optimization and initiated new clinical trials in China,” said Tony (Bizuo) Liu, Chief Executive Officer of CBMG. “We believe we are one of the very few companies that uniquely possesses internal viral vector production and transduction capabilities within our own integrated GMP facility. This allows CBMG to move quickly and efficiently from R&D to manufacturing CAR-T cells for clinical use.”

According to a recent large, multi-cohort dataset analysis, patients with refractory DLBCL have clinical response rates of only 20%-30% with a median overall survival of approximately six months. These poor refractory DLBCL patient outcomes represent a significant unmet medical need. CBMG’s CARD-1 Phase I dose-escalation trial will use the traditional 3x3 design to evaluate the safety, efficacy and persistence of C-CAR011 in refractory DLBCL patients.

“DLBCL is the largest subtype of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL), and those refractory patients whose treatment has failed have limited options and a very poor prognosis compared to relapsed patients who had previously responded to treatment,” said Dr. Jianyong Li from Jiangsu Provincial People’s Hospital in Nanjing China, the Principal Investigator for the CARD-1 trial. “I am excited to be able to participate in the trial of C-CAR011 which may someday provide a treatment option for these refractory patients.”

“We are very excited as CARD-1 represents the first of a planned series of clinical trials utilizing CBMG’s optimized CAR-T drug candidates,” said Dr. Yihong Yao, Chief Scientific Officer of CBMG. “We look forward to announcing additional trials and CAR-T candidates in the future.”

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