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Stockley Park, UK – 22 July 2022 – Kite, a Gilead Company, today announced that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has issued a positive opinion for Tecartus® (brexucabtagene autoleucel) for the treatment of adult patients 26 years of age and above with relapsed or refractory (r/r) B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). If approved, brexucabtagene autoleucel will be the first and only CAR T-cell therapy for this population of patients who have limited treatment options. Half of adults with ALL will relapse, and median overall survival (OS) for this group is only approximately eight months with current standard-of-care treatments.

“Kite’s goal is clear: to bring the hope of survival to more patients with cancer around the world through cell therapy,” said Christi Shaw, CEO, Kite. “Today’s CHMP positive opinion in adult ALL brings us a step closer to delivering on the promise that cell therapies have to transform the way cancer is treated.”

Following this positive opinion, the European Commission will now review the CHMP opinion; the final decision on the Marketing Authorization is expected in the coming months.

“Adults with relapsed or refractory ALL often undergo multiple treatments including chemotherapy, targeted therapy and stem cell transplant; creating a significant burden on a patient’s quality of life.” said Max S. Topp, MD, professor and head of Haematology, University Hospital of Wuerzburg, Germany. “If approved, patients in Europe will have a meaningful advancement in treatment. Brexucabtagene autoleucel has demonstrated durable responses, suggesting the potential for long-term remission and a new approach to care.”

Results from the ZUMA-3 international multicentre, single-arm, open-label, registrational Phase 1/2 study of adult patients (≥18 years old) with relapsed or refractory ALL, demonstrated that 71% of the evaluable patients (n=55) achieved complete remission (CR) or CR with incomplete haematological recovery (CRi) with a median follow-up of 26.8 months.[3] In an extended data set of all patients dosed with the pivotal dose (n=78) the median overall survival for all patients was more than two years (25.4 months) and almost four years (47 months) for responders (patients who achieved CR or CRi).3,[4] Among efficacy-evaluable patients, median duration of remission (DOR) was 18.6 months.3 Among the patients treated with brexucabtagene autoleucel at the target dose (n=100), Grade 3 or higher cytokine release syndrome (CRS) and neurologic events occurred in 25% and 32% of patients, respectively, and were generally well-managed.
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