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Former England and Everton footballer Gary Stevens’ son tragically dies aged four –

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Jack Stevens was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia and underwent stem cell treatment but has sadly lost his battle as his father's former clubs pay tribute

The young son of former England footballer Gary Stevens has died tragically aged four.

Stevens son Jack was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer.

Just a year ago his family were hopeful of a recovery after Jack underwent a stem cell transplant following his diagnosis with juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia.

The stem cells Jack received from older brother Oliver had engrafted, meaning they had entered Jacks bone marrow, enabling him to produce his own white blood cells.

The transplant procedure was brought forward after Jack responded to two rounds of preparatory chemotherapy, negating an original plan for five cycles of treatment.

He was discharged to a nearby apartment and during the week lived with mum Louise.

Stevens a brilliant right-back in Howard Kendalls magical mid-1980s Everton team and the couples other sons, Oliver and Josh, would join Jack and Louise at weekends.

This morning Everton said: "Everyone at Everton is deeply saddened to learn that Gary Stevens four-year-old son, Jack, has passed away following his courageous battle with leukaemia.

"Our thoughts are with Gary and his family at this incredibly sad time."


Stevens, 59, began his football career with Everton, representing the Toffees for six seasons and making over 200 appearances between 1982-1988.

He then transferred to Glasgow Rangers where he played a part in their treble-winning season in 1993.

After another six-year stint, he returned to Merseyside to finish his career plying his trade for Tranmere Rovers.

Stevens earned 46 caps for England during his playing days before moving into physiotherapy after his retirement.

Tranmere shared Everton's post and issued their own touching message, which read: "The thoughts of everyone at Tranmere Rovers are with Gary Stevens and his family at this sad time."

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BioRestorative Therapies Enters into Letter of Intent with PRC Clinical – GlobeNewswire

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PRC Clinical to Provide Start-up CRO Services for BRTX-100 Phase 2 Clinical Trial

MELVILLE, N.Y., Nov. 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BioRestorative Therapies, Inc. (the Company" or BioRestorative) (NASDAQ:BRTX), a life sciences company focused on adult stem cell-based therapies, today announced that it has entered into a letter of intent with PRC Clinical, a CRO specializing in clinical trial management, with regard to PRC Clinical providing startup clinical project management activities for the Companys BRTX-100 Phase 2 clinical trial to treat chronic lumbar disc disease.

We are pleasedto announce that we have entered into a letter of intent for PRC Clinical to provide startup activities for our Phase 2 study. PRC has extensive experience and expertise in managing clinical studies in the stem cell and regenerative medicine space. They also have theexperienced and professionalnetwork of clinicians and study sites streamlining patient enrollment, site monitoring and management. Additionally, we have been working with and familiarizing ourselves with PRCs team and capabilities since 2019. We are thrilled to finally be in a position to begin the process of validating our technology through the FDA process, while keeping shareholders updated along the regulatory pathway, said Lance Alstodt, CEO of BioRestorative.

PRC Clinical has provided specialty CRO services for nearly 20 years. Their innovative approach to executing studies for biotech and pharmaceutical companies combines high-touch human elements and cutting-edge technology with extensive experience and deep therapeutic knowledge. PRC Clinical is an all inclusive CRO and has specialized expertise across regenerative medicine, CNS, ophthalmology, pulmonary and COVID-19, rare and orphan disease and more complex indications.

PRC Clinical is pleased to begin start-up CRO activities for BRTX-100. We look forward to being able to bring our stem cell experience to this trial. We are committed to supporting BioRestoratives development of BRTX-100 and its clinical application, said Curtis Head, CEO of PRC Clinical.

About BioRestorative Therapies, Inc.

BioRestorative Therapies, Inc. ( develops therapeutic products using cell and tissue protocols, primarily involving adult stem cells. Our two core programs, as described below, relate to the treatment of disc/spine disease and metabolic disorders:

Disc/Spine Program (brtxDISC): Our lead cell therapy candidate, BRTX-100, is a product formulated from autologous (or a persons own) cultured mesenchymal stem cells collected from the patients bone marrow. We intend that the product will be used for the non-surgical treatment of painful lumbosacral disc disorders or as a complementary therapeutic to a surgical procedure. The BRTX-100 production process utilizes proprietary technology and involves collecting a patients bone marrow, isolating and culturing stem cells from the bone marrow and cryopreserving the cells. In an outpatient procedure, BRTX-100 is to be injected by a physician into the patients damaged disc. The treatment is intended for patients whose pain has not been alleviated by non-invasive procedures and who potentially face the prospect of surgery. We have received authorization from the Food and Drug Administration to commence a Phase 2 clinical trial using BRTX-100 to treat chronic lower back pain arising from degenerative disc disease.

Metabolic Program (ThermoStem): We are developing a cell-based therapy candidate to target obesity and metabolic disorders using brown adipose (fat) derived stem cells to generate brown adipose tissue (BAT). BAT is intended to mimic naturally occurring brown adipose depots that regulate metabolic homeostasis in humans. Initial preclinical research indicates that increased amounts of brown fat in animals may be responsible for additional caloric burning as well as reduced glucose and lipid levels. Researchers have found that people with higher levels of brown fat may have a reduced risk for obesity and diabetes.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You are cautioned that such statements are subject to a multitude of risks and uncertainties that could cause future circumstances, events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors and other risks, including, without limitation, those set forth in the Company's latest Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should consider these factors in evaluating the forward-looking statements included herein, and not place undue reliance on such statements. The forward-looking statements in this release are made as of the date hereof and the Company undertakes no obligation to update such statements.



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Kuechly Returns to Campus for Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Registry Drive The Heights – The Heights

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About five years ago, UGBC President Jack Bracher joined the registry to become a potential stem cell donor. A few years later, Bracher found out that he had a match.

I got a call from the nonprofit that Id done it through saying that I was a match for a patient with leukemia, so I had started going through the process of being able to donate to him, Bracher, MCAS 22, said. Fortunately he went into remission, so my donation wasnt needed, but I wanted to find a way to bring back the stem cell drive to Boston Colleges campus and register more students to donate.

The Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC), Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and Project Life Movement teamed up on Thursday and Friday to encourage students to join the global registry of potential bone marrow and stem cell donors.

Project Life Movement ambassador Luke Kuechly, former linebacker for the Carolina Panthers and BC 11, returned to campus to encourage students to get swabbed.

The University last hosted a Project Life Movement bone marrow registration event when BC retired Kuechlys jersey in 2016. Over 800 people joined the registry. This year, 777 people registered, according to Bracher, with 480 students getting swabbed on the first day. Bracher said this was the most swabs Project Life Movement got on a single day at a college campus.

Steve Luquire, a co-chair of Project Life Movement, said the number of students swabbed at BC exceeds what it defines as a good number for most colleges.

On most college campuses where we go to do these drives, 200 is a good drive, Luquire said. Were gonna be here today because of SAAC and the student government, and weve already done I think close to 250 in less than two hours.

College campuses are the best place to find a healthy, diverse group willing to join the registry, according to Luquire.

My wife of 41 years died of myelodysplasia syndrome, Luquire said. Her only match was her brother, who was 60 years old, and frankly, it works so much better if you have a person who is 18 to 35. And theres no place better than a college campus to find people who are willing to look at the vision and mission and join us.

Kuechly, who met Luquire in 2013, said they have been hosting drives together since then to raise awareness and improve the chances of finding donor matches.

We just know this little bit of time that we spend today and tomorrow and having you guys come by, we can raise awareness to potentially have a match for somebody that needs it, Kuechly said.

Finding even a few donor matches, Kuechly said, is a huge deal.

You might have five to 500 to 1000 people here, but if you can get a couple donors that match, thats whats powerful, Kuechly said.

Students joining the registry, Kuechly said, is a perfect example of BC students being men and women for others.

The big pillar in the Jesuit community is how can you help other people by being selfless with your time, and this is a perfect example of it, he said.

The impact of becoming a donor goes beyond just saving a persons life, according to Ann Henegar, executive director of Project Life Movement.

When you donate your stem cells or your bone marrow to a patient, youre not only saving that persons life, youre affecting a community, youre affecting a family, you know, a workplace, a campus, Henegar said.

Henegar said she encourages people to think about the impact they can make by registering to be a donor.

This is what I tell everybody If it were your sister, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your aunt, your child, wouldnt you want someone to say yes? she said.

For Lubens Benjamin, CSOM 23, joining the registry is a great way of fulfilling BCs mission.

I think part of being someone who goes to BC is being a person for others and, like, this is right along with that mission, Benjamin said. If I could be a match for someone, if I can help someone extend their life, thats just something great to be a part of and I dont see why Id say no to that.

Jostine Rozenich, MCAS 25, spoke to the importance of taking time out of the day to join the registry.

Its such a crucial and important thing, even if it only takes a few minutes and it can save lives, Rozenich said. I think thats all about finding ways to put service into your daily life.

Rozenich said she has family members who have needed various transplants that rely on others to donate, which has shaped her perspective on joining the registry.

Why not go ahead and do that and save the life of somebody? she said. That is such a scary feeling to not know whether or not youre going to get a match.

Ultimately, it is a privilege to be part of a drive like this, Bracher said, and hosting the event just before the Red Bandanna Gamean annual football game that commemorates Welles Crowther, the BC alumnus credited with saving the lives of about a dozen people during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacksis a great way of uniting the mission of Project Life Movement and Crowthers story.

I think its just a great privilege to be able to work with Project Life and Luke, as well as the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, who hosted the drive that I was a match for, and for all that to come full circle, Bracher said. And for us to of course be doing it on Red Bandanna weekend of all weekends means a lot.

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CAR T-cell therapy: Hear from a Canadian patient – CTV News

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TORONTO -- Owen Snider was given as little as three months to live. His blood cancer had returned and the prognosis was not good. The news, delivered over the phone during the height of the early pandemic lockdown in spring 2020, was devastating.

The Ottawa-area retiree began putting his affairs in order, preparing for what appeared to be inevitable.

It was terrible, his wife Judith Snider told CTV News. But we finally decided that what we had to do was to live each day not to look forward to the end, but to look forward to tomorrow.

And yet, a year later, Snider is alive -- transformed, even -- and his non-Hodgkins lymphoma is in remission. His second chance is all thanks to a promising, Canadian-run program for cancer treatment called CAR T-cell therapy.

Snider became one of the first patients to participate in a national research program that is assessing whether this experimental treatment can be done safely in Canada and cheaper than in the U.S., where costs can run upwards of half a million dollars per patient.

I think I am a pretty successful lab rat, Snider, who previously endured chemotherapy treatments and a stem cell transplant, said in an interview.

Thirty days after treatment, the lymphoma was gone. So how can you not be happy about that?

CAR T-cell therapy is a type of gene therapy that trains or engineers a patients own immune system to recognize cancerous cells. A type of white blood cell, called a T-cell, is a key component of a bodys immune system. They are developed from stem cells in the bone marrow and help fight infection and disease by searching and targeting specific foreign substances, known as antigens, in the body.

The protein receptors on T cells bind to the protein antigens on the surfaces of foreign particles that fit those receptors, like a lock and key. The foreign substance is eradicated once their antigens are bound to a T-cell. But blood cancer cells are normal cells that undergo mutations, so they are not recognized as a foreign threat to the body. In other words, T-cells generally do not have the right receptor key to fit with the antigens of a cancer cell.

CAR T-cell therapy modifies the cells so they are able to identify the cancer cells and destroy them. Its a labour-intensive process that involves taking blood from a patient and separating the T-cells. Then scientists add a gene to the cells that gives them instructions to develop an artificial receptor called a chimeric antigen receptor, or CAR.

We actually take the T-cells out and we modify them in the lab and put them back into the patient. So now they're able to recognize the cancer and kill it off, explained Dr. Kevin Hay, Medical Director for Clinical Cell Therapy with BC Cancer.

I think we're just at the cusp of really understanding what this is going to do for patients in the future.

The therapy is a labour-intensive process -- Snider's cells were shipped to Victoria, B.C to be processed in a special lab facility, then shipped back to Ottawa about a week later, where they were infused back into his body.

The treatment is still being studied, but is already available for some cancers in the U.S. and Canada at a steep price.

Researchers began trials in Canada in 2019 to see if it could be done domestically at a lower cost, highlighting the importance of having key medical production and therapies available in Canada.

We knew we had to do domestic manufacturing and if we've learned anything from COVID-19, it's that domestic capability is really important when it comes to science and medicine, and this is a perfect example of that, said Dr. Natasha Kekre, a hematologist and lead researcher on the trail based at the Ottawa Hospital.

Progress was impacted slightly by the pandemic, but Snider was fortunate enough to participate and is the first patient to come forward to discuss their experience and why he hopes the program will expand across Canada to help others dealing with otherwise untreatable forms of cancer.

Scientists are hoping to release more data in the coming months -- more than 20 patients have been treated so far, according to Dr. Kekre.

This is hopefully just the beginning for us. So this first trial was a foundation to prove that we could actually manufacture T cells, that we could do this in a clinical trial. And so this trial will remain open for patients who are in need, she said.

So absolutely we feel like were opening a door.

Snider's first experience with cancer treatment was more than a decade ago, in 2010, when he underwent a powerful and aggressive chemotherapy regimen that helped him stay cancer-free for six years.

But the treatment was so harsh that when his cancer came back in 2016, doctors told him he could not go through that kind of chemotherapy again. Instead, Snider underwent a stem cell transplant, which gave him another four years without cancer, until April 2020.

This time the outlook was grim, so doctors decided to try and get him into the CAR T-cell trials that started just before the pandemic hit. The study was specifically for patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and non-Hodgkins lymphoma who were not responding to other treatments.

Snider said the entire process was a walk in the park compared to what he had gone through before. He was given a mild chemotherapy treatment for three days while his T-cells were being modified in a lab on the other side of the country.

[The T-cells] went to work right away. There's a period of time where there's a lot going on inside fighting each other and that sort of thing. You don't feel great or you don't really know how you feel, Snider described. The treatment was met with outstanding success.

And in 30 days, there was no lymphoma. I couldn't believe it.

For Dr. Kekre, the results bring hope. Snider has done quite well and does not have any evidence of lymphoma at the moment, she said.

I'm unfortunately in a business where I often have to give bad news, and it is really motivating and exciting to be able to offer therapies to patients who didn't have options and to make them better, she said.

The trial is currently at the stage where scientists are making sure the product remains safe. Side-effects can include neurotoxicity, which harms the nervous system, and cytokine release syndrome, which triggers an acute system-wide inflammatory response that can result in organs not functioning properly. But so far researchers have, for the most part, been able to manage and reverse any side effects.

With such promising outcomes for patients who otherwise had no options left, researchers are talking about expanding these studies across Canada and to other forms of cancer. For now, the lab in Victoria is the only facility equipped to make these cell modifications.

I think its really going to be revolutionary with how we treat cancer in the future, not just blood cancers, but all cancers, said Dr. Hay.

Today, Snider is healthy and strong, even able to chop wood at his home near Ottawa. He and his wife Judith, a retired federal judge, are enjoying life anew.

It certainly has given us a future that we didnt know we had, she said.

The treatment not only bought Snider extra time, but also significantly improved his quality of life.

What was given to me is practically a normal life, he added.

It's really just transformed, not just extended, but transformed my life.

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Cell therapy biotech PlateletBio reels in $75M as it looks ahead to first clinical test – MedCity News

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PlateletBio, a company developing a new class of cell therapies based on the biology of platelets, has raised $75.5 million to advance its drug pipeline, including a lead candidate for a rare bleeding disorder on track to reach the clinic next year.

Platelets are components of blood best known for their role forming clots that stop bleeding. But Watertown, Massachusetts-based PlateletBio notes that platelets have other properties, including a role delivering growth factors and proteins throughout the body. PlateletBio is developing therapies that take advantage of these properties, but rather than using platelets from a patient or healthy donors, the startup makes them.

In the body, platelets are formed in bone marrow. PlateletBio produces its platelet-like cells, or PLCs, inside a bioreactor that mimics bone marrow conditions. The source material for its PLCs are stem cells, which have the ability to become almost any cell or tissue in the body.

Platelets are technically not cells. They dont have a nucleus, but thats an advantage for therapeutic applications. Since a PlateletBio therapy wont introduce DNA into a patients body, the potential risks that come from introducing foreign genetic material are avoided. PlateletBio says it can produce PLCs with new features and therapeutic payloads that include antibodies, signaling proteins, therapeutic proteins, and nucleic acids.

PlateletBios lead cell therapy candidate is being developed to treat immune thrombocytopenia, a blood disorder in which the immune system mistakenly sees a patients platelets as foreign and destroys them. Immune thrombocytopenia patients have dangerously low platelet counts that make them susceptible to bleeding.

There is no FDA-approved treatment for the underlying cause of immune thrombocytopenia, but corticosteroids are used to try to dampen the immune systems attack on platelets. Platelet transfusions are another option, but the National Organization for Rare Disorders notes that these treatments are usually reserved for emergencies because the platelets are likely to be destroyed by antibodies produced by the patient.

Patients who have not responded to earlier treatments have two FDA-approved small molecule options: Tavalisse, from Rigel Pharmaceuticals, and the Swedish Orphan Biovitrum drug Doptelet. Sanofi aims to treat the disease with a small molecule called rilzabrutinib. That drug is designed to block Brutons tyrosine kinase, a protein that plays a role in the development of a B cells, a type of immune cell. Sanofi acquired the molecule last year via its $3.7 billion acquisition of Principia Biopharma.

The lead disease target for the Principia drug was multiple sclerosis. In September, Sanofi reported that rilzabrutinib failed that Phase 3 study. A separate Phase 3 test in immune thrombocytopenia is ongoing, as is a mid-stage clinical trial in another autoimmune condition called IgG4-related disease.

PlateletBio isnt the only company trying to turn a component of the blood into a new type of cell therapy. Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Rubius Therapeutics is developing cell therapies based on red blood cells. After disappointing early clinical trial results in the rare disease phenylketonuria last year, Rubius shifted its focus to cancer and immune system disorders. PlateletBios PLCs would represent an entirely new approach to treating immune thrombocytopenia. According to PlateletBios website, the company plans to file an investigational new drug application for its therapeutic candidate in the first half of next year.

PlateletBio is based on the research of Harvard University scientist Joseph Italiano, who co-founded the company under the name Platelet BioGenesis. When the startup emerged in 2017, it was developing platelets that could address the platelet shortage problem facing blood donation centers. Two years ago, the startup expanded its Series A round with $26 million in additional financing and plans to make its platelets into cell therapies. Besides immune thrombocytopenia, other diseases the biotech aims to treat include osteoarthritis and liver fibrosis.

PlateletBios latest financing, a Series B round, adds new investors SymBiosis, K2 HealthVentures, and Oxford Finance. Earlier investors Ziff Capital Partners and Qiming Venture Partners also participated in the new round.

This is a major milestone for PlateletBio, adding capital and resources needed to advance our innovative platelet-like cell therapy science and manufacturing platform and support key corporate initiatives over the next 18 to 24 months, Sam Rasty, the startups president and CEO, said in a prepared statement.

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BioLineRx Announces an Oral Presentation and Three Poster Presentations at the 63rd American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting &…

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TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --BioLineRx Ltd. (NASDAQ: BLRX) (TASE: BLRX), a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical Company focused on oncology, today announced an oral presentation and three poster presentations at the 63rd American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, which is being held December 11-14, 2021 in Atlanta, GA, and virtually.

The oral presentation will elaborate on the successful results of the Company's GENESIS Phase 3 pivotal trial. The study showed highly significant and clinically meaningful results supporting the use of Motixafortide on top of G-CSF for mobilization of stem cells for subsequent collection and transplantation in patients with multiple myeloma. In addition, the poster presentations will show that extended inhibition of the CXCR4 receptor by Motixafortide results in the mobilization of high numbers of stem cells, including specific sub-populations, which were correlated with reduced time to engraftment when infused in high numbers.

The Company is also presenting findings from in-vivo and in-vitro pre-clinical studies demonstrating that Motixafortide acts as an immunomodulator by affecting the biology of regulatory T cells (Tregs), supporting biomarker findings from the Company's COMBAT Phase 2 study in pancreatic cancer patients.

"We are very pleased with the breadth of our oral and poster presentations at this year's ASH meeting, which reflect the versatility of Motixafortide as the potential backbone of promising new treatments for both hematological and solid tumor cancers," stated Philip Serlin, Chief Executive Officer of BioLineRx. "Of particular note is the oral presentation on the outstanding results from our GENESIS Phase 3 pivotal study in stem cell mobilization demonstrating that Motixafortide effectively mobilizes a high number of cells enabling ~90% of patients to undergo transplantation following a single administration of Motixafortide and a single apheresis session. In addition, the high number of cells mobilized by Motixafortide enables infusion of an optimal number of cells, which could result in faster time to engraftment, and also allows for cryopreservation for future transplantation(s). These results, together with our recently completed successful pharmacoeconomic study, strongly support our view that Motixafortide on top of G-CSF can become the new standard of care in SCM, if approved, to the benefit of patients and payers alike. We look forward to submitting an NDA in the first half of next year, as previously communicated."

Further details of the presentations are provided below.

Oral Presentation

Title: Motixafortide (BL-8040) and G-CSF Versus Placebo and G-CSF to Mobilize Hematopoietic Stem Cells for Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation in Patients with Multiple Myeloma: The GENESIS Trial

Date: Sunday, December 12, 2021

Time: 12:00 PM

Location: Georgia World Congress Center, Hall A1

This oral presentation describes the GENESIS Phase 3 pivotal trial design, endpoints and results. The GENESIS study was a double blind, placebo controlled, multicenter trial, in which 122 patients were randomized (2:1) to receive either Motixafortide + G-CSF or placebo + G-CSF for stem cell mobilization prior to stem cell transplant in multiple myeloma patients. Total CD34+ cells/kg were analyzed on site to determine if patients mobilized to the goal and all samples were subsequently sent for assessment by a central laboratory. The number of CD34+ cells infused was determined independently by each investigator according to local practice.

The study concluded that a single administration of Motixafortide on top of G-CSF significantly increased the proportion of patients mobilizing 6x106 CD34+ cells/kg for stem cell transplantation (92.5%) vs G-CSF alone (26.2%) in up to two apheresis days (p<0.0001), while enabling 88.8% to collect 6x106 CD34+ cells/kg in just one apheresis day (vs 9.5% with G-CSF alone; p<0.0001). In addition, the median number of hematopoietic stem cells mobilized in one apheresis day with Motixafortide + G-CSF was 10.8x106 CD34+cells/kg vs 2.1x106 CD34+ cells/kg with G-CSF alone.

Poster Presentations

Title:Autologous Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation with Higher Doses of CD34+ Cells and Specific CD34+ Subsets Mobilized with Motixafortide and/or G-CSF is Associated with Rapid Engraftment A Post-hoc Analysis of the GENESIS Trial

Date: Sunday, December 12, 2021

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The CD34+ hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell (HSPC) dose infused during stem cell transplantation remains one of the most reliable clinical parameters to predict quality of engraftment. A minimum stem cell dose of 2-2.5x106 CD34+ cells/kg is considered necessary for reliable engraftment, while optimal doses of 5-6x106 CD34+ cells/kg are associated with faster engraftment, as well as fewer transfusions, infections, and antibiotic days.

An analysis was performed using pooled data from all patients in the GENESIS trial to evaluate time to engraftment based on the total number of CD34+ cells/kg infused, as well as specific numbers of CD34+ cell sub-populations infused.

The addition of Motixafortide to G-CSF enabled significantly more CD34+ cells to be collected in one apheresis (median 10.8x106 CD34+ cells/kg) compared to G-CSF alone (2.1x106 CD34+ cells/kg), as well as 3.5-5.6 fold higher numbers of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), multipotent progenitors (MPPs), common myeloid progenitors (CMPs) and granulocyte and macrophage progenitors (GMPs) (all p-values <0.0004). A dose response was observed with a significant correlation between faster time to engraftment and infusion of higher number of total CD34+ HSPC doses (6x106 CD34+ cells/kg) and combined HSC, MPP, CMP and GMP subsets. The high number of CD34+ cells/kg mobilized with Motixafortide on top of G-CSF enables the potential infusion of 6x106 CD34+ cells/kg, as well as cryopreservation of cells for later use.

Title: Immunophenotypic and Single-Cell Transcriptional Profiling of CD34+ Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells Mobilized with Motixafortide (BL-8040) and G-CSF Versus Plerixafor and GCSF Versus Placebo and G-CSF: A Correlative Study of the GENESIS Trial

Date: Monday, December 13, 2021

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

CD34 expression remains the most common immunophenotypic cell surface marker defining human hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs). The addition of CXCR4 inhibitors to G-CSF has increased mobilization of CD34+ HSPCs for stem cell transplantation; yet the effect of CXCR4 inhibition, with or without G-CSF, on mobilization of specific immunophenotypic and transcriptional CD34+ HSPC subsets is not well-characterized.

Motixafortide is a novel cyclic peptide CXCR4 inhibitor with a low receptor-off rate and extended in vivo action when compared to plerixafor. GENESIS Phase 3 trial patients were prospectively randomized (2:1) to receive either Motixafortide + G-CSF or placebo + G-CSF for HSPC mobilization. Demographically similar multiple myeloma patients undergoing mobilization with plerixafor + G-CSF prior to stem cell transplant were prospectively enrolled in a separate tissue banking protocol.

Extended CXCR4 inhibition with Motixafortide + G-CSF mobilized significantly higher numbers of combined CD34+ HSCs, MPPs and CMPs compared to plerixafor + G-CSF or G-CSF alone (p<0.05). Additionally, Motixafortide + G-CSF mobilized a 10.5 fold higher number of immunophenotypically primitive CD34+ HSCs capable of broad multilineage hematopoietic reconstitution compared to G-CSF alone (p<0.0001) and similar numbers compared to plerixafor + G-CSF. Furthermore, lack of CXCR4 inhibition resulted in mobilization of more-differentiated HCSs, whereas extended CXCR4 inhibition with Motixafortide + G-CSF (but not plerixafor + G-CSF) mobilized a unique MPP-III subset expressing genes specifically related to leukocyte differentiation.

Title: The High Affinity CXCR4 Inhibitor, BL-8040, Impairs the Infiltration, Migration, Viability and Differentiation of Regulatory T Cells

Date: Sunday, December 12, 2021

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This poster describes results of pre-clinical in-vivo and in-vitro studies demonstrating that Motixafortide potentially acts as an immunomodulator by affecting the biology of regulatory T cells. Motixafortide reduced the amount of infiltrating Tregs into the tumors, impaired the migration of Tregs toward CXCL12 and induced Tregs cell death. Furthermore, Motixafortide was found to inhibit the differentiation of nave CD4 T cells toward Tregs.

About BioLineRx

BioLineRx Ltd. (NASDAQ/TASE: BLRX) is a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology. The Company's business model is to in-license novel compounds, develop them through clinical stages, and then partner with pharmaceutical companies for further clinical development and/or commercialization.

The Company's lead program, Motixafortide (BL-8040), is a cancer therapy platform that was successfully evaluated in a Phase 3 study in stem cell mobilization for autologous bone-marrow transplantation, has reported positive results from a pre-planned pharmacoeconomic study, and is currently in preparations for an NDA submission. Motixafortide was also successfully evaluated in a Phase 2a study for the treatment of pancreatic cancer in combination with KEYTRUDA and chemotherapy under a clinical trial collaboration agreement with MSD (BioLineRx owns all rights to Motixafortide), and is currently being studied in combination with LIBTAYO and chemotherapy as a first-line PDAC therapy.

BioLineRx is also developing a second oncology program, AGI-134, an immunotherapy treatment for multiple solid tumors that is currently being investigated in a Phase 1/2a study.

For additional information on BioLineRx, please visit the Company's website at, where you can review the Company's SEC filings, press releases, announcements and events.

Various statements in this release concerning BioLineRx's future expectations constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include words such as "may," "expects," "anticipates," "believes," and "intends," and describe opinions about future events. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of BioLineRx to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause BioLineRx's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the initiation, timing, progress and results of BioLineRx's preclinical studies, clinical trials and other therapeutic candidate development efforts; BioLineRx's ability to advance its therapeutic candidates into clinical trials or to successfully complete its preclinical studies or clinical trials; BioLineRx's receipt of regulatory approvals for its therapeutic candidates, and the timing of other regulatory filings and approvals; the clinical development, commercialization and market acceptance of BioLineRx's therapeutic candidates; BioLineRx's ability to establish and maintain corporate collaborations; BioLineRx's ability to integrate new therapeutic candidates and new personnel; the interpretation of the properties and characteristics of BioLineRx's therapeutic candidates and of the results obtained with its therapeutic candidates in preclinical studies or clinical trials; the implementation of BioLineRx's business model and strategic plans for its business and therapeutic candidates; the scope of protection BioLineRx is able to establish and maintain for intellectual property rights covering its therapeutic candidates and its ability to operate its business without infringing the intellectual property rights of others; estimates of BioLineRx's expenses, future revenues, capital requirements and its needs for additional financing; risks related to changes in healthcare laws, rules and regulations in the United States or elsewhere; competitive companies, technologies and BioLineRx's industry; risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic; and statements as to the impact of the political and security situation in Israel on BioLineRx's business. These and other factors are more fully discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of BioLineRx's most recent annual report on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 23, 2021. In addition, any forward-looking statements represent BioLineRx's views only as of the date of this release and should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any subsequent date. BioLineRx does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements unless required by law.


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Talaris therapy ends need for immune drugs in transplant patients – – pharmaphorum

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Two kidney transplant patients who received a stem cell therapy developed by Talaris Therapeutics were able to come off all immunosuppressant drugs within a year, without any evidence of graft rejection.

The first findings from Talaris phase 3 trial of the cell therapy called FCR001 suggest it may be possible to eliminate the need entirely for patients to take what may be dozens of tablets daily after organ transplants, according to the US biotech.

While still preliminary, the experience with the two patients back up Talaris hope that giving a one-shot dose of FCR001 the day after an organ transplant could stimulate immune tolerance in the recipient, and avoid the side effects of current drug treatments such as infections, heart disease, and some forms of cancer.

The companys approach relies on administering haematopoietic stem cells from the individual who donated the organ, in order to generate what Talaris refers to as chimerism, with both donor and recipient cells present in the bone marrow. That allows the immune system to see the transplanted organ as self rather than foreign.

The first two recipients in Talaris FREEDOM-1 phase 3 trial had received FCR001 at least 12 months earlier, and showed stable kidney function, according to Talaris.

A larger group of five patients who were at least three months from the cell therapy maintained more than 50% chimerism in their T cells, which the biotech said was a sign of long-term, immunosuppression-free tolerance to the donated kidney in its phase 2 trials.

The FREEDOM-1 results reported at the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) meeting this week were accompanied by updated results from Talaris phase 2 study, in which all 26 patients originally weaned off immunosuppressants have continued to remain off them without rejecting their donated kidney.

Some transplant patients treated with Talaris therapy in earlier trials have now been off all immunosuppression for more than 12 years without signs of kidney rejection.

Talaris intends to enrol 120 subjects into the phase 3 trial, which is scheduled to generate results in 2023.

Earlier this year, Talaris raised $150 million via a Nasdaq listing that will be used to take FCR001 through the phase 3 programme in organ transplantation and as a treatment for rare autoimmune disease scleroderma.

It also recently started a phase 2 trial of the cell therapy to see if it is able to induce immune tolerance to a transplanted kidney in patients who received the transplant from a living donor up to a year prior to administration of FCR001.

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Salit Discusses the Use of Staging and Grading for Patients With GVHD to Choose Appropriate Treatment – Targeted Oncology

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Rachel B. Salit, MD, discussed the case of a 48-year-old patient with graft-versus-host-disease.

Rachel B. Salit, MD, associate professor, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, WA, discussed the case of a 48-year-old patient with graft-versus-host-disease.

Targeted OncologyTM: What are your thoughts on the currently accepted options for acute GVHD (aGVHD) prophylaxis?

SALIT: Between calcineurin inhibitors, if we have a choice, my preference is usually tacrolimus. Tacrolimus is better tolerated [than cyclosporin] in terms of adverse events [AEs], blood pressure, kidney function, and [even] the smell.

Methotrexate is a tried-and-true prophylaxis, especially in the myeloablative or high-intensity transplant setting. [In contrast], mycophenolate mofetil [MMF]; [CellCept] is usually used in the nonmyeloablative or reduced-intensity setting. When calcineurin inhibitors were used with MMF as prophylaxis for GVHD, the GVHD was higher. Thats why we [use] methotrexate [instead of MMF].1

Sirolimus [Rapamune] is often combined with a calcineurin inhibitor and MMF, or with a calcineurin inhibitor and methotrexate. Sirolimus is very well tolerated, except for some triglyceride AEs. Additionally, the combination of sirolimus plus MMF and a calcineurin inhibitor has been shown to significantly decrease GVHD in the reduced-intensity setting compared with [the effect observed with] MMF and a calcineurin inhibitor alone.2

CAR [chimeric antigen receptor] T-cellantibody therapy plus antithymocyte globulin [ATG] and alemtuzumab [Lemtrada] are more frequently used in Europe [than in the United States]. There have been mixed results, and there is some concern of increased relapse with [anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) therapy]. Ex vivo T-cell depletion and CD34-positive cell selection [are] also uncommon in the United States.

Posttransplant cyclophosphamide [Cytoxan] [is becoming more common], and it was originally [used in the setting of] haploidentical transplants. Now it is increasingly used in the unrelated donor setting, and Im sure it will be translated to the sibling setting, too. [This regimen] has been shown to decrease effector T cells.3 Moreover, chronic GVHD is [reduced by this regimen], but aGVHD is not changed.

A recent study retrospectively compared many patients [with haploidentical donors] to a smaller number of patients [who had] unrelated donors and who received posttransplant cyclophosphamide. The data showed that the patients with unrelated donors and posttransplant cyclophosphamide had better overall survival [OS] and decreased relapse compared with the patients with haploidentical donors.4

For a long time, [most trials that compared GVHD and OS between patients with haploidentical] vs unrelated or sibling donors have shown that posttransplant [cyclophosphamide in the setting of haploidentical] transplants is associated with reduced chronic GVHD, but the other outcomes were the same. Is this result attributable to the fact that the transplant is haploidentical, or is it attributable to the posttransplant cyclophosphamide? I think that question will be answered within the next [few] years.

What risk factors for GVHD do you notice in the case described?

There are multiple risk factors. The fact that the donor is multiparous puts the recipient at higher risk for GVHD. The patients high intensity, myeloablative conditioning regimen increases the risk for GVHD, as do the donors CMV seropositivity and the fact that the patient and donor are not sex matched. The risk of GVHD also increases with donor age.

Risk for GVHD is also increased by major human leukocyte antigen [HLA] disparity. We look at class I [HLA-A, -B, and -E] and class II [HLA-DR and -DQ] antigens, with a 10 out of 10 score constituting a match. There are data coming out that show that the class II antigen HLA-DP also matters in certain cases5; a match that includes this antigen [a 12 out of 12 (score)] is better than a 10 out of 10 [score]. [This patients donor was HLA-matched, but] minor HLA mismatches can increase the risk of GVHD [in patients like this one whose donor is unrelated].

Stem cell source and graft composition are other considerations, but this patient received peripheral blood, which confers a higher risk of GVHD than does bone marrow. Peripheral blood has a higher CD34-positive cell count, therefore a higher T-cell dose; both factors increase GVHD risk. At our center, we dont often cap CD34-positive cell count or T-cell dose, except in the haploidentical setting.

I would not include ABO blood type as a risk factor. There are mixed data regarding whether major and minor ABO mismatches lead to increased GVHD.6

What standardized guidelines exist for organ staging and grading in the context of aGVHD?

[According to Mount Sinai Acute GVHD International Consortium], the skin, the liver, and gastrointestinal [GI] tract are the 3 organs included in aGVHD staging. The skin is [described in terms of] the percentage of body surface area [BSA] affected. Stage 0 is no rash, stage 1 is a rash covering less than 25% of the BSA, stage 2 is a rash covering 25% to 50% of the BSA, stage 3 is a rash covering greater than 50% of the BSA, and stage 4 is generalized erythroderma.7

According to the liver status [bilirubin level], staging starts at stage 0 [less than 2 mg/dL] and progresses through stage 1 [2-3 mg/dL], stage 2 [3.1-6 mg/dL], and stage 3 [6.1-15 mg/dL] to a final stage of 4 [greater than 15 mg/dL]. The lower GI staging system [counts] the number of episodes per day of liquid stool output. Stage 0 is fewer than 3 episodes [of stool output], stage 1 is 3 to 4 episodes, stage 2 is 5 to 7 episodes, and stage 3 is greater than 7 episodes. If you have an inpatient, then you can use these exact quantities. If you have an outpatient, you can use these values as rough markers. Regarding the upper GI staging system, in stage 0, nausea, vomiting, or anorexia are absent or intermittent, but in stage 1, they are persistent.

The other thing I often look at [to judge] severity [of GI involvement] is the electrolytes. For example, if the patient says they are having 5 episodes of stool a day, but their potassium and magnesium are normal and theyre not becoming acidemic, then you [might consider that] these stools are only of small volume. If the patient starts to have electrolyte abnormalities or starts to become acidemic, then you [should consider that] maybe theyre having more diarrhea than theyre [telling you].

When we grade according to most severe target organ involvement, grade I reflects the presence only of stage 1 to 2 skin involvement. Any GI or liver involvement is automatically [at least grade] II, the point at which you would consider treating symptoms topically. Grade IIA indicates upper GI involvement, and grade IIB indicates lower GI involvement.8 Once the patient gets to grade III, they almost always [require] systemic therapy.7

What stage and grade would you give this patient?

With 60% skin involvement, he would have a skin stage of 3, and with 4 episodes of diarrhea per day, he would have a lower GI stage of 1. [He would have an overall clinical grade of IIB.]

What are GVHD and aGVHD biomarkers, and how are they used?

Biomarkers of GVHD are markers of inflammation found in the blood that will tell you the patient is at a higher risk for developing GVHD. These biomarkers include elafin, IL-2 receptor-, IL-8, tumor necrosis factor receptor-1, hepatocyte growth factor, and regenerating islet-derived 3- [NCT00224874].9 The use of biomarkers [to predict patients risk of developing GVHD could guide physicians as they choose] a starting steroid dosage, eg, 2 mg/kg vs 1 mg/kg.

What data guide your decisions about steroid therapy in GVHD?

Although the concept of GVHD and aGVHD risk stratification is not generally used in practice, high-risk GVHD vs standard-risk GVHD has been shown to be associated with a lower rate of complete response to steroids [27% vs 48%, respectively; P < .001] and higher treatment-related mortality [incidence at 6 months after steroid therapy onset, 44% vs 22%, respectively; P < .001].10 If a patient has a higher grade of GVHD, they are more likely to be steroid refractory.

The steroid response of GVHD is classified as steroid refractory or resistant if GVHD progresses within the first 3 to 5 days of prednisone therapy onset [ 2 mg/kg per day], fails to improve within 5 to 7 days of treatment initiation at 1 mg/kg or shows an incomplete response after more than 28 days [of immunosuppressive treatment including steroids]. Steroid dependence [means that either] the prednisone cannot be tapered below 2 mg/kg daily or the GVHD recurs during the steroid taper.11

You cant really [know] who is going to respond to steroids without [trying]. Our initial treatment for any patient with GVHD is steroids. There are no data to suggest that we [should] add something other than steroids as the first line or that we [should] add double therapy for the first line. Its going to be different for every individual.

Also, regarding steroid therapy, the question has been raised: If patients receive higher doses sooner, will that result in a lower [total] exposure to steroids? In the study we did at our institution, we found that when patients with skin GVHD were randomly assigned [to receive] 1 mg/kg vs 0.5 mg/kg, patients [who received the lower dose] had a longer and higher overall exposure to steroids.12 [In cases of skin GVHD], we tend to undertreat patients, and it may help to give them at least 1 mg/kg, but for GI GVHD, we usually give 1 mg/kg. It may not help to give 2 mg/kg unless the GVHD is severe.

Other than steroids, what therapy options exist for aGVHD, according to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)?

Ruxolitinib [Jakafi] is the only approved therapy, and it is supported by category 1 evidence. Some other therapies, such as MMF and sirolimus, are [relatively] benign. Other treatments, like ATG, are more toxic, whereas extracorporeal photopheresis [ECP] doesnt have a lot of data [to support it]. However, we do use a lot of ECP, [primarily for] steroid-dependent GVHD of the skin.13

What data support the use of ruxolitinib for aGVHD?

In the REACH1 study [NCT02953678], patients with steroid refractory grade 2 to 4 aGVHD received ruxolitinib, 5 mg twice a day. Later, patients could increase to 10 mg twice a day.14,15

The overall response rate [ORR] at day 28 was about 55%. The best ORR at any time during treatment was 73%. Time to response was about 7 days [range, 6-49]. The median duration of response was almost a year. Death from causes other than malignancy relapse was found in about 50% of patients. The median OS was about 5 months, whereas median OS for steroid refractory GVHD was 1 month, [but median OS for day 28 responders was not reached].16,17 The overall response rate [ORR] at day 28 was about 55%. The best ORR at any time during treatment was 73%. Time to response was about 7 days [range, 6-49]. The median duration of response was almost a year. Death from causes other than malignancy relapse was found in about 50% of patients. The median OS was about 5 months, whereas median OS for steroid-refractory GVHD was 1 month, [but median OS for day 28 responders was not reached].15

The ORR at day 28 was 62% in the ruxolitinib group vs 39% in the control group [odds ratio (OR), 2.64; 95% CI, 1.65-4.22; P < .001]; the durable ORR at day 56 was 40% in the ruxolitinib group vs 22% in the control group [OR, 2.38; 95% CI, 1.43-3.94; P < .001].18 These results led to the FDA approval of ruxolitinib for second-line therapy for steroid-refractory aGVHD.19

[Separate analyses were conducted of] GI and skin GVHD. In the ruxolitinib group, aGVHD staging of the lower GI was stage 3 and 4 for most patients at baseline. This was reduced in most patients to stage 0, 1, and 2 by day 28. In contrast, most patients treated with BAT still presented with stage 2 to 4 GVHD by day 28. Likewise for the skin, the GVHD stage was more likely to decrease following treatment with ruxolitinib than with BAT.19

Median failure-free survival was 5 months in the ruxolitinib group vs 1 month in the BAT group [HR, 0.46; 95% CI, 0.35-0.60]; 5 months was a big achievement compared with our previous standard. After 1 year, 40% of the patients in the experimental group were still alive. Regarding AEs associated with ruxolitinib, the most difficult [AE to manage] is thrombocytopenia [in REACH2, affecting 33% of the ruxolitinib group vs 18% of the BAT group]. Infections with ruxolitinib [in the context of GVHD] probably are equivalent to [those observed with] any other immune suppression drug [for cytomegalovirus, 26% in the ruxolitinib group, 21% in the BAT group].19


1. Yoshida S, Ohno Y, Nagafuji K, et al. Comparison of calcineurin inhibitors in combination with conventional methotrexate, reduced methotrexate, or mycophenolate mofetil for prophylaxis of graft-versus-host disease after umbilical cord blood transplantation. Ann Hematol. 2019;98(11):2579-2591. doi:10.1007/s00277-019-03801-z

2. Bejanyan N, Rogosheske J, DeFor TE, et al. Sirolimus and mycophenolate mofetil as calcineurin inhibitor-free graft-versus-host disease prophylaxis for reduced-intensity conditioning umbilical cord blood transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2016;22(11):2025-2030. doi:10.1016/j. bbmt.2016.08.005

3. Wodarczyk M, Ograczyk E, Kowalewicz-Kulbat M, Druszczyska M, Rudnicka W, Fol M. Effect of cyclophosphamide treatment on central and effector memory T cells in mice. Int J Toxicol. 2018;37(5):373-382.

4. Shaw BE. Related haploidentical donors are a better choice than matched unrelated donors: counterpoint. Blood Adv. 2017;1(6):401-406. doi:10.1182/bloodadvances.2016002188

5. Zachary AA, Leffell MS. HLA mismatching strategies for solid organ transplantation - a balancing act. Front Immunol. 2016;7:575. doi:10.3389/ fimmu.2016.00575

6. Brierley CK, Littlewood TJ, Peniket AJ, et al. Impact of ABO blood group mismatch in alemtuzumab-based reduced-intensity conditioned haematopoietic SCT. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2015;50(7):931-938. doi:10.1038/bmt.2015.51

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8. Lee SJ. Classification systems for chronic graft-versus-host disease. Blood. 2017;129(1):30-37. doi:10.1182/blood-2016-07-686642

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10. MacMillan ML, Robin M, Harris AC, et al. A refined risk score for acute graft-vs-host disease that predicts response to initial therapy, survival, and transplant-related mortality. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2015;21(4):761-767. doi:10.1016/j.bbmt.2015.01.001

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Orchard Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Highlights Recent … – KULR-TV

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Updates from OTL-201 Clinical Proof-of-Concept Study in MPS-IIIA and OTL-204 Preclinical Study for GRN-FTD at ESGCT Showcase Potential for HSC Gene Therapy in Multiple Neurodegenerative Disorders

Launch Activities for Libmeldy Across Key European Countries, including Reimbursement Discussions, Progressing in Anticipation of Treating Commercial Patients

Frank Thomas, President and Chief Operating Officer, to Step Down Following Transition in 2022; Search for a Chief Financial Officer Initiated

Cash and Investments of Approximately $254M Provide Runway into First Half 2023

BOSTONandLONDON, Nov. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orchard Therapeutics (Nasdaq: ORTX), a global gene therapy leader, today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, as well as recent business updates and upcoming milestones.

This quarter, we are pleased by the progress demonstrated by our investigational neurometabolic HSC gene therapy programs with promising preclinical and clinical updates at ESGCT, said Bobby Gaspar, M.D., Ph.D., chief executive officer of Orchard. With follow-up in OTL-201 for MPS-IIIA patients now ranging between 6 and 12 months, biomarker data remain highly encouraging, showing supraphysiological enzyme activity and corresponding substrate reductions in the CSF and urine. The launch strategy for Libmeldy is also advancing in Europe with momentum building on reimbursement discussions and patient finding activities.

Recent Presentations and Business Updates

Data presentations at ESGCT

Clinical and pre-clinical data from across the companys investigational hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) gene therapy portfolio were featured in two oral and seven poster presentations at the European Society of Gene & Cell Therapy Congress (ESGCT) on October 19-22. Highlights from key presentations are summarized below:

OTL-201 for Mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIA (MPS-IIIA): A poster presentation featured supportive biomarker data from the first four patients with evaluable results, with duration of follow-up ranging from 6 to 12 months. The treatment has been generally well-tolerated in all enrolled patients (n=5) with no treatment-related serious adverse events (SAEs). Supraphysiological N-sulphoglucosamine sulphohydrolase ( SGSH) enzyme activity above the normal range was seen in leukocytes and plasma within one to three months in all evaluable patients (n=4).A greater than 90% reduction in urinary glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) was seen within three months in all evaluable patients (n=4).SGSH activity in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) increased from undetectable at baseline to within or above the normal range by six months in all patients with available data (n=3).CSF GAGs decreased from baseline in patients with available data (n=3).OTL-204 for Progranulin-mutated Frontotemporal Dementia (GRN-FTD): Preliminary in vivo data from the preclinical proof-of-concept study showed that murine GRN -/- HSPCs, transduced with an LV expressing progranulin under the control of a novel promoter, are able to engraft and repopulate the brain myeloid compartment of FTD mice and to locally deliver the GRN enzyme.

R&D Investor Event Summary

In September, Orchard hosted an R&D investor event highlighting its discovery and research engine in HSC gene therapy, including an update on the OTL-104 program in development for NOD2 Crohns disease (NOD2-CD) and potential new applications in HSC-generated antigen-specific regulatory T-cells (Tregs) and HSC-vectorization of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs).

The discussion also covered the differentiated profile of Orchards HSC gene therapy approach, which has exhibited favorable safety, long-term durability and broad treatment applicability.

In particular, Orchards lentiviral vector-based HSC gene therapy programs have shown no indication of insertional oncogenesis and no evidence of clonal dominance due to integration into oncogenes. Importantly, the promoters and regulatory elements of Orchard vectors are derived from human (not viral) sequences and are specifically designed to have limited enhancer activity on neighboring genes thereby mitigating the potential for safety concerns.In addition, because of the fundamental biological differences between the HSC and adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapy approaches, Orchards programs have not, to date, seen the safety and durability concerns experienced by the AAV gene therapy field.

Libmeldy (atidarsagene autotemcel) launch in Europe

Orchard is providing an update on the following key launch activities for Libmeldy in Europe:

Discussions with health authorities and payors are underway across Europe in key markets including Germany, the UK, France and Italy.Qualification of treatment centers is progressing with The University of Tbingen in Germany ready to treat commercial patients and other centers in the final stages of qualification and treatment readiness.Disease awareness and patient identification activities continue and have supported patient referrals in major European centers. Orchards partnerships in the Middle East and Turkey allow for opportunities to treat eligible patients from these territories at qualified European centers.Orchard is providing sponsorship for an ongoing newborn screening pilot in Germany and is working with laboratories to implement pilots in Italy, the UK, France and Spain.

Executive organizational update

The company also announced that Frank Thomas will step down from his role as president and chief operating officer, following a transition in 2022. A search for a chief financial officer is underway. Mr. Thomas other responsibilities will be assumed by existing members of the leadership team in commercial and corporate affairs. Orchard recently strengthened the executive team with the appointments of Nicoletta Loggia as chief technical officer and Fulvio Mavilio as chief scientific officer and the promotion of Leslie Meltzer to chief medical officer.

I want to extend my gratitude to Frank Thomas for his immense contributions to Orchard, said Gaspar. During his tenure, Frank oversaw the transition of the organization to a publicly traded company and has managed operations with a focus on cross-company innovation, including his role as a key architect in creating and executing the focused business plan we rolled out in 2020. Along with the entire board of directors and leadership team, I appreciate Franks commitment to facilitate a smooth transition during this time.

Gaspar continued, Our search is focused on a CFO to lead the broad strategic planning efforts necessary to capitalize on the full potential of our hematopoietic stem cell gene therapy platform. We have a strong team in place to aid Orchards success in this next phase of growth and are well capitalized through the anticipated completion of several value-creating milestones.

Upcoming Milestones

In June 2021, Orchard announced several portfolio updates following recent regulatory interactions for the companys investigational programs in metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD), Mucopolysaccharidosis type I Hurler syndrome (MPS-IH) and Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS).

OTL-200 for MLD in the U.S: Based on feedback received from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company is preparing for a Biologics License Application (BLA) filing for OTL-200 in pre-symptomatic, early-onset MLD in late 2022 or early 2023, using data from existing OTL-200 patients. This approach and timeline are subject to the successful completion of activities remaining in advance of an expected pre-BLA meeting with FDA, including future CMC regulatory interactions and demonstration of the natural history data as a representative comparator for the treated population.OTL-203 for MPS-IH: Orchard is incorporating feedback from FDA and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) into a revised global registrational study protocol, with study initiation expected to occur in 2022.OTL-201 for MPS-IIIA: Additional interim data from this proof-of-concept study are expected to be presented at medical meetings in 2022, including early clinical outcomes of cognitive function.OTL-103 for WAS: The company expects a MAA submission with EMA for OTL-103 in WAS in 2022, subject to the completion of work remaining on potency assay validation and further dialogue with EMA. The company will provide updated guidance for a BLA submission in the U.S. following additional FDA regulatory interactions.

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Revenue from product sales of Strimvelis were $0.7 million for the third quarter of 2021 compared to $2.0 million in the same period in 2020, and cost of product sales were $0.2 million for the third quarter of 2021 compared to $0.7 million in the same period in 2020. Collaboration revenue was $0.5 million for the third quarter of 2021, resulting from the collaboration with Pharming Group N.V. entered into in July 2021. This revenue represents expected reimbursements for preclinical studies and a portion of the $17.5 million upfront consideration received by Orchard under the collaboration, which will be amortized over the expected duration of the agreement.

Research and development (R&D) expenses were $20.8 million for the third quarter of 2021, compared to $14.7 million in the same period in 2020. The increase was primarily due to higher manufacturing and process development costs for the companys neurometabolic programs and lower R&D tax credits as compared to the same period in 2020. R&D expenses include the costs of clinical trials and preclinical work on the companys portfolio of investigational gene therapies, as well as costs related to regulatory, manufacturing, license fees and development milestone payments under the companys agreements with third parties, and personnel costs to support these activities.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses were $13.0 million for the third quarter of 2021, compared to $13.0 million in the same period in 2020. SG&A expenses are expected to increase in future periods as the company builds out its commercial infrastructure globally to support additional product launches following regulatory approvals.

Net loss was $36.4 million for the third quarter of 2021, compared to $20.3 million in the same period in 2020. The increase in net loss as compared to the prior year was primarily due to higher R&D expenses as well as the impact of foreign currency transaction gains and losses. The company had approximately 125.5 million ordinary shares outstanding as of September 30, 2021.

Cash, cash equivalents and investments as of September 30, 2021, were $254.1 million compared to $191.9 million as of December 31, 2020. The increase was primarily driven by net proceeds of $143.6 million from the February 2021 private placement and $17.5 million in upfront payments from the July 2021 collaboration with Pharming Group N.V., offset by cash used for operating activities and capital expenditures. The company expects that its cash, cash equivalents and investments as of September 30, 2021 will support its currently anticipated operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements into the first half of 2023. This cash runway excludes an additional $67 million that could become available under the companys credit facility and any non-dilutive capital received from potential future partnerships or priority review vouchers granted by the FDA following future U.S. approvals.

About Libmeldy / OTL-200 Libmeldy (atidarsagene autotemcel), also known as OTL-200, has been approved by the European Commission for the treatment of MLD in eligible early-onset patients characterized by biallelic mutations in the ARSA gene leading to a reduction of the ARSA enzymatic activity in children with i) late infantile or early juvenile forms, without clinical manifestations of the disease, or ii) the early juvenile form, with early clinical manifestations of the disease, who still have the ability to walk independently and before the onset of cognitive decline. Libmeldy is the first therapy approved for eligible patients with early-onset MLD. The most common adverse reaction attributed to treatment with Libmeldy was the occurrence of anti-ARSA antibodies. In addition to the risks associated with the gene therapy, treatment with Libmeldy is preceded by other medical interventions, namely bone marrow harvest or peripheral blood mobilization and apheresis, followed by myeloablative conditioning, which carry their own risks. During the clinical studies, the safety profiles of these interventions were consistent with their known safety and tolerability. For more information about Libmeldy, please see the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) available on the EMA website. Libmeldy is approved in the European Union, UK, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. OTL-200 is an investigational therapy in the US.

Libmeldy was developed in partnership with the San Raffaele-Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy (SR-Tiget) in Milan, Italy. About Orchard

At Orchard Therapeutics, our vision is to end the devastation caused by genetic and other severe diseases. We aim to do this by discovering, developing and commercializing new treatments that tap into the curative potential of hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) gene therapy. In this approach, a patients own blood stem cells are genetically modified outside of the body and then reinserted, with the goal of correcting the underlying cause of disease in a single treatment.

In 2018, the company acquired GSKs rare disease gene therapy portfolio, which originated from a pioneering collaboration between GSK and the San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy in Milan, Italy. Today, Orchard has a deep pipeline spanning pre-clinical, clinical and commercial stage HSC gene therapies designed to address serious diseases where the burden is immense for patients, families and society and current treatment options are limited or do not exist.

Orchard has its global headquarters inLondonandU.S. headquarters inBoston. For more information, please visit, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Availability of Other Information About Orchard

Investors and others should note that Orchard communicates with its investors and the public using the company website ( ), the investor relations website ( ), and on social media ( Twitter and LinkedIn ), including but not limited to investor presentations and investor fact sheets,U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissionfilings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts. The information that Orchard posts on these channels and websites could be deemed to be material information. As a result, Orchard encourages investors, the media, and others interested in Orchard to review the information that is posted on these channels, including the investor relations website, on a regular basis. This list of channels may be updated from time to time on Orchards investor relations website and may include additional social media channels. The contents of Orchards website or these channels, or any other website that may be accessed from its website or these channels, shall not be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements about Orchards strategy, future plans and prospects, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include express or implied statements relating to, among other things, Orchards business strategy and goals, including its plans and expectations for the commercialization of Libmeldy, the therapeutic potential of Libmeldy (OTL-200) and Orchards product candidates, including the product candidates referred to in this release, Orchards expectations regarding its ongoing preclinical and clinical trials, including the timing of enrollment for clinical trials and release of additional preclinical and clinical data, the likelihood that data from clinical trials will be positive and support further clinical development and regulatory approval of Orchard's product candidates, and Orchards financial condition and cash runway into the first half of 2023. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Orchards control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. In particular, these risks and uncertainties include, without limitation: the risk that prior results, such as signals of safety, activity or durability of effect, observed from clinical trials of Libmeldy will not continue or be repeated in our ongoing or planned clinical trials of Libmeldy, will be insufficient to support regulatory submissions or marketing approval in the US or to maintain marketing approval in the EU, or that long-term adverse safety findings may be discovered; the risk that any one or more of Orchards product candidates, including the product candidates referred to in this release, will not be approved, successfully developed or commercialized; the risk of cessation or delay of any of Orchards ongoing or planned clinical trials; the risk that Orchard may not successfully recruit or enroll a sufficient number of patients for its clinical trials; the risk that prior results, such as signals of safety, activity or durability of effect, observed from preclinical studies or clinical trials will not be replicated or will not continue in ongoing or future studies or trials involving Orchards product candidates; the delay of any of Orchards regulatory submissions; the failure to obtain marketing approval from the applicable regulatory authorities for any of Orchards product candidates or the receipt of restricted marketing approvals; the inability or risk of delays in Orchards ability to commercialize its product candidates, if approved, or Libmeldy, including the risk that Orchard may not secure adequate pricing or reimbursement to support continued development or commercialization of Libmeldy; the risk that the market opportunity for Libmeldy, or any of Orchards product candidates, may be lower than estimated; and the severity of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Orchards business, including on clinical development, its supply chain and commercial programs. Given these uncertainties, the reader is advised not to place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.

Other risks and uncertainties faced by Orchard include those identified under the heading "Risk Factors" in Orchards quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter endedSeptember 30, 2021, as filed with theU.S. Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC), as well as subsequent filings and reports filed with theSEC. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release reflect Orchards views as of the date hereof, and Orchard does not assume and specifically disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.


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UNM Scientist Jennifer Gillette Tricks the Bone Marrow …

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Our bone marrow harbors thousandsof rare hematopoietic stem cells tiny shape shifters that can morph into red or white blood cells. But conditions like sickle cell anemia or immune deficiency can damage these cells, and treatments for blood cancers may destroy them altogether.

To rebuild bone marrow, researchers have perfected the art of transplanting stem cells either those belonging to the patient or ones that have been donated.

You only have so many of these cells, says Jennifer Gillette, PhD, associate professor inThe University of New Mexico Department of Pathology. These are cells that are with us our entire life. They stay turned off when youre healthy and things are moving along. But in a stress condition, these are cells that get turned on and rev up and then go quiescent again.

Gillette has been devising ways to trick donors bone marrow into releasing more stem cells into the bloodstream so they can be harvested and transfused.

Ina new paper published onlinein the journalStem Cell Reports, Gillette and her colleagues describe manipulating a protein called CD82 that sits on the surface of each stem cell and helps them migrate into and out of the bone marrow.

Gillettes team found that when CD82 disruption is coupled with existing medications used to stimulate stem cell release into the bloodstream, the process is significantly amplified, causing more stem cells to find their way into circulation.

One of those medications AMD3100 costs $10,000 for a single dose, she says, and it is hoped that treatment with antibodies might be less expensive.

Patients diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma may be treated with chemotherapy and/or radiation, which destroy cancerous cells in the bone marrow along with stem cells.

It wipes out everything, Gillette says. For leukemia or blood cancers youre trying to get rid of that malignant population and replace it with healthy cells.

Patients may bank some of their stem cells beforehand for autologous transplants, or they could receive allograft transplants from suitable donors.

There are some patients that just dont mobilize well, she says. Were looking for any way that we can enhance cell release, because the number and quality of cells going in really enhance the response of the patients.

Gillette has applied for a provisional patent to repurpose the antibodies originally developed to study CD82 functioning as a clinical treatment. The next step is to see exactly how that antibody is working, she says.

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TAZEWELL, Va. (WVVA) - Gabe is a seventeen year old who has battled and beat HLH, however recently he was diagnosed with leukemia and is in need of a blood stem cell and bone marrow transplant. Community members of Gabe's family are holding a bake sale, pumpkin contest and raffles to fund Gabe's cost of medical bills and travel expenses.

A DKMS drive was set up along with the bake sale at the Crab Orchard Veterinarians Services today to help find donors to give the gift of life to families just like Gabe's. All of the proceeds of the bake sale, contest and raffles will be given to Gabe's family.

'It's been a very stressful time for us but it's also been a very blessed time for us and I'm grateful for the outpouring from my community. My church family has been real big. My pastor and his wife and everybody involved at City on a Hill, I love you guys.

"I'm just grateful for everybody at Crab Orchard Vet Services and Honaker Animal Health for doing this for us and stepping up in a big way."

The process of becoming a potential donor for DKMS is simple. You get a swab kit and swab the inside of your cheeks. You fill out a paper with your contact info and from there you are registered into a database to see if you are a match with someone who needs stem cells or bone marrow.

"It means that we can not only help a family in the community but one of our own. Clifford works for our sister office in Honaker and it just means a lot to be able to reach out and help a family."

If you are interested in becoming a potential donor you can go to the DKMS website found here to get a donor kit: Register as a Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Donor | DKMS | DKMS

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Biohaven Enrolls Phase 1a/1b Clinical Trial of BHV-1100, Lead Asset from its ARM (Antibody Recruiting Molecule) Platform, in Combination with NK Cell…

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-- Biohaven initiates a clinical trial of the novel antibody recruiting molecule BHV-1100 to assess safety, tolerability, and exploratory clinical activity in Multiple Myeloma

Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 7:30 AM EDT|Updated: 18 hours ago

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Oct. 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE: BHVN), announced the enrollment of the first patient in a Phase 1a/1b trial in Multiple Myeloma using the ARM, BHV-1100, in combination with autologous cytokine induced memory-like (CIML) natural killer (NK) cells and immunoglobulin (Ig) to target and kill multiple myeloma cells expressing the cell surface protein CD38 (Figure 1). BHV-1100 is the lead clinical asset from Biohaven's ARM Platform, developed from a strategic alliance with PeptiDream Inc. This clinical trial will assess the safety and tolerability, as well as exploratory efficacy endpoints, in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients who have tested positive for minimal residual disease (MRD+) in first remission prior to autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT).

NK cells are part of the innate immune system, which is designed to recognize and destroy "non-self" or diseased cells in the body. However, tumor cells can evade detection by immune effector cells, allowing the tumor to advance. BHV-1100 targets a cell-surface protein, CD38, that is heavily overexpressed on multiple myeloma and binds to it, recruiting primed autologous cytokine induced memory-like (CIML) natural killer (NK) cells to destroy the tumor.

Charlie Conway, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer at Biohaven commented, "While many recent advances have been made to benefit multiple myeloma patients, most patients will unfortunately still relapse. We are excited to investigate BHV-1100 for its ability to recruit autologous CIML NK cells to the site of the tumor. Based on preclinical data from Biohaven Labs, we anticipate that our CD38 targeting ARM-enabled NK cells will kill CD38-positive multiple myeloma cells, and recruit other immune effector cells to assist in reducing the tumor burden."

Biohaven has initiated enrollment in the clinical trial and plans to enroll 25 patients for this single-center, open-label study ( Identifier: NCT04634435; The study will enroll newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients who have minimal residual disease (MRD+) in first remission prior to an autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT).

David Spiegel M.D., PhD, inventor of the ARM technology and Professor of Chemistry and Pharmacology at Yale University, commented, "This is an important milestone in the development of the ARM therapeutic platform taking a novel technology from 'benchtop to bedside'. It also highlights Biohaven's commitment to benefit patients in need."

About ARMs: Antibody Recruiting Molecules

ARMs,antibody recruiting molecules, are engineered with modular components that are readily interchangeable, giving the platform tremendous flexibility and rapid development timelines. ARM compounds are being developed at Biohaven Labs to redirect a patient's own antibodies for therapeutic effect with multiple benefits over traditional monoclonal antibody therapies, including the potential for oral dosing. For BHV

1100, the ARM platform is being used to provide antigen targeting to NK cell-based therapies without genetic engineering. This NK cell targeting approach is also being investigated with allogeneic, or 'off-the-shelf', immune cell-based therapies.

About Multiple Myeloma Multiple myeloma is a type of blood cancer of the plasma cell that develops in the bone marrow, the soft tissue inside our bones. Healthy plasma cells produce antibodies, which are critical for the immune system's ability to recognize disease-causing entities, such as bacteria, viruses and tumor cells. In multiple myeloma, however, genetic abnormalities in a single plasma cell cause it to divide uncontrollably. This leads to the over-production of a single (monoclonal) antibody protein, referred to as an "M protein". Also, these cancerous cells divide to the point of crowding out normal, healthy cells that reside in the bone marrow. Many patients are diagnosed due to symptoms such as bone pain or fractures, kidney failure (thirst, dehydration, confusion), nerve pain, fever, and weakness. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 34,920 new cases will be diagnosed, and 12,410 deaths will occur in 2021 from multiple myeloma.

About BiohavenBiohaven is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company with a portfolio of innovative, best-in-class therapies to improve the lives of patients with debilitating neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases, including rare disorders and areas of unmet need. Biohaven's neuro-innovation portfolio includes FDA-approved NURTEC ODT (rimegepant) for the acute and preventive treatment of migraine and a broad pipeline of late-stage product candidates across three distinct mechanistic platforms: CGRP receptor antagonism for the acute and preventive treatment of migraine; glutamate modulation for obsessive-compulsive disorder, Alzheimer's disease, and spinocerebellar ataxia; and MPO inhibition for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. More information about Biohaven is available

About PeptiDream PeptiDream Inc. is a public(Tokyo Stock Exchange 1st Section 4587) biopharmaceutical company founded in 2006 employing their proprietary Peptide Discovery Platform System (PDPS), a state-of-the-art highly versatile discovery platform which enables the production of highly diverse (trillions) non-standard peptide libraries with high efficiency, for the identification of highly potent and selective hit candidates, which then can be developed into peptide-based, small molecule-based, or peptide-drug-conjugate-based therapeutics. PeptiDream aspires to be a world leader in drug discovery and development to address unmet medical needs and improve the quality of life of patients worldwide. Further information regarding PeptiDream can be found at:

Forward-looking Statement This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties, including statements that are based on the current expectations and assumptions of Biohaven's management about BHV-1100 as a treatment for multiple myeloma. Forward-looking statements include those related to: Biohaven's ability to effectively develop and commercialize BHV-1100, delays or problems in the supply or manufacture of BHV-1100, complying with applicableU.S.regulatory requirements, the expected timing, commencement and outcomes of Biohaven's planned and ongoing clinical trials, the timing of planned interactions and filings with the FDA, the timing and outcome of expected regulatory filings, the potential commercialization of Biohaven's product candidates, the potential for Biohaven's product candidates to be firstin class or best in class therapies and the effectiveness and safety of Biohaven's product candidates. Various important factors could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those that may be expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements. Additional important factors to be considered in connection with forward-looking statements are described in the "Risk Factors" section of Biohaven's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission onMarch 1, 2021, and Biohaven's subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements are made as of this date and Biohaven does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

NURTEC and NURTEC ODT are registered trademarks of Biohaven Pharmaceutical Ireland DAC.Neuroinnovation is a trademark of Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd.

ARM is a trademark of Kleo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Global Cell Therapy Market Research Report 2021: Opportunities with the Approval of Kymriah and Yescarta Across Various Countries -…

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DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Global Cell Therapy Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report by Use-type, by Therapy Type (Autologous, Allogenic), by Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, MEA), and Segment Forecasts, 2021-2028" report has been added to's offering.

The global cell therapy market size is expected to reach USD 23.0 billion by 2028 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 14.5% from 2021 to 2028.

The emergence of new technologies to support the development of advanced cellular therapies has aided in market growth. Companies are leveraging new technologies not only for the expansion of their product portfolio but also for establishing out-licensing or co-development agreements with other entities to support their product development programs.

Cell-based therapies hold great potential for replacing, repairing, restoring, or regenerating damaged tissues, and organs. Researchers are making huge investments in the development of such effective and safe treatments as an alternative to conventional treatment strategies which can be further attributed to the market growth.

Out of all therapeutic areas, oncology has the highest number of ongoing clinical trials. T cells, CD34+ and/or CD133+ stem cells, mesenchymal stem/stromal cells are predominantly employed for clinical investigation.

The majority of biopharmaceutical entities have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, while several cellular therapy development companies have witnessed a strongly negative impact, which can be attributed to complications in logistics as well as the manufacturing models employed in this industry. In addition, substantial and stable funding is imperative to ensure successful commercial translation of cell-based therapeutics, a factor that was negatively affected in 2020, further affecting the market growth.

A survey conducted recently among executives of more than 15 European and U.S. cellular therapy companies indicated that disruption caused by the pandemic was significant, which demanded market entities to create strategies to sustain themselves and plan the next wave of innovative therapies.

Key issues faced by companies operating in the market include on-time delivery of therapies to patients at required clinical sites. In addition, the administration of these therapeutics poses several post-pandemic challenges. Hospitals are hesitant in offering services, owing to concerns over transmission of SARS-CoV-2, particularly to vulnerable individuals. Moreover, patients have not been able to visit cellular therapy centers either, owing to the lockdowns and travel bans.

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New Treatments and Tips for Dealing With Blood Cancer –

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Did you know that every three minutes someone receives a diagnosis of a blood cancer? According to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, blood cancers account for nearly 10% of new cancer diagnoses in the United States annually. That means that approximately 178,520 people will receive a diagnosis this year most commonly with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. And although survival rates have increased dramatically over the past 20 years, theres still a long way to go when it comes to this patient population.

In this special issue of CURE, youll read about some of the research going on in blood cancer right now, including new treatment options for acute myeloid leukemia and a novel therapy using BK virus-specific T cells to treat BK virus-associated hemorrhagic cystitis (a painful side effect of stem cell transplants).

Dive into the issue for two patient stories, one about a three-time acute lymphoblastic leukemia survivor who now works as a nurse on the bone marrow transplant floor at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Food and Drug Administrations approval of Gleevec (imatinib mesylate), the tyrosine kinase inhibitor that saved Mel Mann. Who is Mel Mann? He is the longest-living survivor who was treated with the drug as a part of a clinical trial for chronic myeloid leukemia.

And because cancer is not a disease one should have to face alone, our cover story looks at the responsibilities and experiences of caregivers to patients with blood cancer. Not only will you read about what theyve gone through, but youll also find extra resources and tips for navigating the patient-caregiver relationship.

As always, thank you for reading.

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Types of Oncology Drugs – Healthline

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Oncology drugs are therapeutics used to treat cancer, a group of diseases caused by uncontrolled growth and division of abnormal cells. Oncology drugs include a range of different types of medications, such as chemotherapy agents, targeted therapies, immunotherapies, and hormone therapies. There are also different types of drugs available to help treat the side effects from oncology drugs.

If you have cancer, its likely youll have a few options when it comes to treatment. Cancer treatment is constantly evolving and progressing. You now have more drug options to choose from than ever before.

A doctor may recommend that you treat your cancer with one or more of the following types of oncology drugs:

Chemotherapy drugs are chemical agents that work by destroying fast-growing cells in the body. Cancer cells grow and divide more rapidly than other cells. The goal of chemotherapy is to lower the total number of cancer cells in your body and reduce the chances that the cancer will spread to other parts of the body (metastasize).

There are at least 61 chemotherapy drugs approved in the United States. Your doctor may decide to treat your cancer with a a single chemotherapy drug or a combination of chemotherapy drugs.

Hormone therapy is used to treat cancers that rely on hormones to grow. This may include certain types of breast cancer and prostate cancer. Breast cancers may be fed by estrogen or progesterone, while prostate cancers often depend on the hormone androgen.

Some examples of hormone therapies include:

Targeted therapies are part of a new approach known as personalized medicine or precision medicine. Targeted therapies are able to seek out and kill cancerous cells without harming the normal cells in your body. These drugs work by blocking the molecular pathways that are critical to tumor growth.

To see if youre eligible for a particular targeted therapy, a doctor will first perform genetic or biomarker testing. The results of this testing will allow your doctor to make an informed decision about which drug is more likely to work for your type of cancer, based on the genetic mutations or other molecular characteristics of your tumor.

Examples of targeted oncology drugs include:

Immunotherapy is a type of targeted therapy that uses the bodys own immune system to attack cancer cells. Cancer cells sometimes have strategic ways of hiding from your immune system, but immunotherapies work by blocking these mechanisms.

Immunotherapies are approved to treat a variety of cancers. Examples include:

To counter the side effects of oncology drugs, your oncologist may prescribe additional medications. Examples include:

Oncology drugs have many benefits. Depending on your individual cancer, these drugs may:

On the other hand, oncology drugs often have side effects and risks. Chemotherapy, for example, can attack some of the normal cells in your body especially blood cells, skin, hair, and the cells lining the intestine and mouth. This can cause serious side effects that can negatively impact your quality of life.

Common side effects of chemotherapy include:

Targeted therapies and immunotherapies often have fewer side effects compared to chemotherapy since they only attack cancer cells while sparing healthy cells from harm, but they can still cause side effects. These may include:

Hormone therapies can block your bodys ability to make hormones, and can interfere with how hormones act in your body. Some common side effects of hormone therapies include:

Apart from oncology drugs, there are other treatments available for cancer, including:

Other therapies such as acupuncture, meditation, and herbal supplements may help with side effects of cancer treatment, but are ineffective at treating the cancer itself.

Yes, you can have a say in your cancer treatment, including making the decision to delay treatment or not have treatment at all. You can also seek a second opinion from another qualified doctor. Dont hesitate to ask your doctor for resources so you can do your own research on available treatments before you make a decision.

Ask your doctor about clinical trials taking place in your area. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) maintains a large database of clinical trials at You can also search the National Cancer Institute (NCI)s online tool or contact them for help at 800-4-CANCER.

There are over 100 types of cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Your oncologist will formulate a recommended treatment plan based on the type of cancer you have, the stage or grade of the cancer, the characteristics of your tumor, your age, overall health, and several other considerations.

To determine the best treatment for you, your oncologist may perform molecular testing on your tumor among other imaging and blood tests. He or she will also likely consult with medical guidelines, such as those set forth by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).

To treat cancer, your doctor may recommend one type of oncology drug or a combination of drugs alongside surgery, radiation, or other types of treatment.

Before deciding to move forward with a cancer drug, learn as much as you can about the recommended treatment. Ask your doctor about benefits and risks of your recommended treatment plan and work together to make an informed decision.

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College Student and Retired Teacher to Thank Stem Cell Donors They’ve Never Met for Saving Their Lives During City of Hope’s 45th Bone Marrow…

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DUARTE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As a 16-year-old high school sophomore, Julian Castaeda was focused on running track specifically, trying to run a mile in under five minutes. He was also planning to attend two camps that summer that would help him prepare for the rigors of college.

Despite being diagnosed with precursor B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 10 and receiving chemotherapy on and off for three and a half years, Castaeda had been in remission for two years. He had moved on from that difficult experience.

But in March 2017, Castaeda and his mother, Erica Palacios, again received devastating news the leukemia had returned. Castaeda received chemotherapy for a few months, but the cancer kept proliferating. Castaeda would need a hematopoietic stem cell transplant (more commonly referred to as a bone marrow transplant, or BMT) this time to put his cancer back into remission.

It was heartbreaking. I knew at that point that all my plans for sophomore year would be gone, Castaeda recalled.

But Castaeda was determined to get his life back. This was possible thanks to Johannes Eppler, 27, of Breisach, Germany, who joined the bone marrow registry via DKMS, an international nonprofit that is dedicated to the fight against blood cancers and blood disorders, including the recruitment of bone marrow donors. Castaeda received a bone marrow transplant on Aug. 2, 2017, putting the cancer into remission.

He has a big heart, Palacios said about Eppler. Hes an angel. He saved my son. I am thankful that people are willing to [donate].

Castaeda, who grew up in Bakersfield, California, and was treated by City of Hopes Joseph Rosenthal, M.D., M.H.C.M., the Barron Hilton Chair in Pediatrics, is now 20 years old and a junior at California State University Northridge. He also founded Bags of Love Foundation, a nonprofit that has delivered more than 200 care packages to young cancer patients in treatment and has provided $11,000 in scholarships to survivors.

On Friday, Oct. 15, Castaeda will meet his donor for the first time virtually during City of Hopes BMT Reunion. City of Hope, a pioneer and leader in BMT, has hosted a Celebration of Life for bone marrow, stem cell and cord blood transplant recipients, their families and donors for more than 40 years. The celebration honors children and adult cancer survivors, including those who have received autologous transplants, which use a patients own stem cells, and those who received an allogeneic procedure, which require a bone marrow or stem cell donation from a related or unrelated donor.

What began with a birthday cake and a single candle representing a patients first year free from cancer has grown into an annual extravaganza that draws thousands of cancer survivors, donors and families from around the world, as well as the doctors, nurses and staff who help them through the lifesaving therapy.

Each year, patient-donor meetings are the events emotional highlight. Many recipients, though overwhelmed with curiosity and the need to express their gratitude, can only dream of meeting the stranger who saved their lives. City of Hope is making that dream come true for Castaeda, as well as Dona Garrish, a Fullerton, California resident and retired school teacher. Her donor was Michael Fischer, 35, of Wlkau, Germany.

Garrish, 75, received her transplant on March 22, 2017, after it was delayed several times due to infections and other complications that prevented her from going through with the treatment. Garrish, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, felt a strong connection to Fischer from the first time a City of Hope employee told her a German male, whom she had never met, was a perfect match for her. She refers to him as her gift from God and her angel on Earth.

He unknowingly encouraged me to fight harder and not to become discouraged, as someday I wanted to meet him and thank him, she added. Garrish recalled watching two patients meeting their donors at the 2017 BMT Reunion. The reunions were held in front of City of Hope Helford Clinical Research Hospital, where Garrish was recovering from her transplant.

While tethered to her IV pole, Garrish looked down from the hospitals sixth floor and said, Thats what I want to do.

City of Hope nurses, doctors and staff were constantly there supporting me every step of the way, even when I couldnt take a single step, said Garrish, who was treated by City of Hopes Liana Nikolaenko, M.D. The timing was urgent, my battle was rough and long, but I live, breathe and enjoy life today because of City of Hope.

Other event highlights include videos of grateful patients wearing the signature BMT buttons that display the number of years since their transplants, comedy by City of Hope BMT patient Sean Kent and a dance/song performed by BMT nurses, known as the Marrowettes. There will be special guest appearances by a Los Angeles Dodger and Katharina Harf, executive chairwoman of DKMS U.S., to congratulate patients, their donors and the BMT program.

During our annual BMT reunion, we express our most heartfelt thanks to the many selfless individuals who each year donate their bone marrow or stem cells to save a persons life, said Stephen J. Forman, M.D., director of City of Hopes Hematologic Malignancies Research Institute and former chair of its Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation. Whether the donor is a patients family member or a person she or he has never met, we are all extremely grateful that these donors took the time to donate and gave someone a second chance at life.

About City of Hopes BMT program

City of Hopes BMT program has performed more than 17,000 transplants, making it one of the largest and most successful programs in the nation. The institution has the largest BMT program in California, performing over 700 transplants annually, and is among the top three hospitals in the nation in terms of total transplants performed.

Over the years, City of Hope has also helped pioneer several BMT innovations. In addition to being one of the first institutions to perform BMTs in older adults, it was one of the first programs to show that BMTs could be safely performed for patients with HIV. City of Hope has had growing success with nonrelated matched donors and, most recently, half matched family donors.

City of Hopes BMT program is the only one in the nation that has had one-year survival above the expected rate for 15 consecutive years, based on analysis by the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research.

City of Hope was also one of the first programs to develop a treatment for prevention of cytomegalovirus (CMV), a common and potentially deadly infection after transplant, which has nearly eliminated the threat of CMV for BMT patients. The institution successfully conducted clinical trials of a CMV vaccine developed at City of Hope. As a pioneer in the development of CAR T cells to treat cancer, City of Hope is also testing how this form of cancer immunotherapy can help patients have a more successful transplant.

In addition, Be The Match at City of Hope last year added more than 13,000 new volunteers willing to save a life when they match a patient who needs a bone marrow transplant. In total, nearly 300,000 potential donors have signed up via City of Hope, motivated by a patient at the cancer center. Be The Match encourages healthy individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 to take the first step of registering by texting COHSAVES to 61474. To learn more about the donation process, visit Be The Match at City of Hopes website.

The public can register to view the event here.

About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hopes translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin, monoclonal antibodies and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution. A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope is ranked among the nations Best Hospitals in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California and in Arizona. Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) became a part of City of Hope in 2016. AccessHope, a subsidiary launched in 2019, serves employers and their health care partners by providing access to NCI-designated cancer center expertise. For more information about City of Hope, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Stem Cell Therapy Market By Type (Allogeneic Mesenchymal Stem Cells, Bone Marrow Transplant, Adipose Tissue Stem Cells) and By…

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Rheumatoid arthritis stem cell therapy has been demonstrated to induce profound healing activity, halt arthritic conditions, and in many cases, reverse and regenerate joint tissue. Today, bone marrow transplant, adipose or fat-derived stem cells, and allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells (human umbilical cord tissue) are used for rheumatoid arthritis stem cell therapy.

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Stem Cell Therapy Market Research Report by Cell Source, by Type, by Therapeutic Application, by End-User, by Region – Global Forecast to 2026 -…

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Stem Cell Therapy Market Research Report by Cell Source (Adipose tissue-derived MSCs (mesenchymal stem cells),, Bone marrow-derived MSCs,, and Placental/umbilical cord-derived MSCs), by Type (Allogeneic Stem Cell Therapy and Autologous Stem Cell Therapy), by Therapeutic Application, by End-User, by Region (Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe, Middle East & Africa) - Global Forecast to 2026 - Cumulative Impact of COVID-19

New York, Oct. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- announces the release of the report "Stem Cell Therapy Market Research Report by Cell Source, by Type, by Therapeutic Application, by End-User, by Region - Global Forecast to 2026 - Cumulative Impact of COVID-19" -

The Global Stem Cell Therapy Market size was estimated at USD 202.87 million in 2020 and expected to reach USD 240.88 million in 2021, at a CAGR 19.07% to reach USD 578.27 million by 2026.

Market Statistics:The report provides market sizing and forecast across five major currencies - USD, EUR GBP, JPY, and AUD. It helps organization leaders make better decisions when currency exchange data is readily available. In this report, the years 2018 and 2019 are considered historical years, 2020 as the base year, 2021 as the estimated year, and years from 2022 to 2026 are considered the forecast period.

Market Segmentation & Coverage:This research report categorizes the Stem Cell Therapy to forecast the revenues and analyze the trends in each of the following sub-markets:

Based on Cell Source, the market was studied across Adipose tissue-derived MSCs (mesenchymal stem cells),, Bone marrow-derived MSCs,, and Placental/umbilical cord-derived MSCs.

Based on Type, the market was studied across Allogeneic Stem Cell Therapy and Autologous Stem Cell Therapy.

Based on Therapeutic Application, the market was studied across Cardiovascular Diseases Surgeries, Inflammatory & Autoimmune Diseases, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Neurological Disorders, Other Therapeutic Applications, and Wounds & Injuries.

Based on End-User, the market was studied across Academic and Research Centers, Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs), and Hospitals & Clinics.

Based on Region, the market was studied across Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe, Middle East & Africa. The Americas is further studied across Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and United States. The United States is further studied across California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The Asia-Pacific is further studied across Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. The Europe, Middle East & Africa is further studied across France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom.

Cumulative Impact of COVID-19:COVID-19 is an incomparable global public health emergency that has affected almost every industry, and the long-term effects are projected to impact the industry growth during the forecast period. Our ongoing research amplifies our research framework to ensure the inclusion of underlying COVID-19 issues and potential paths forward. The report delivers insights on COVID-19 considering the changes in consumer behavior and demand, purchasing patterns, re-routing of the supply chain, dynamics of current market forces, and the significant interventions of governments. The updated study provides insights, analysis, estimations, and forecasts, considering the COVID-19 impact on the market.

Competitive Strategic Window:The Competitive Strategic Window analyses the competitive landscape in terms of markets, applications, and geographies to help the vendor define an alignment or fit between their capabilities and opportunities for future growth prospects. It describes the optimal or favorable fit for the vendors to adopt successive merger and acquisition strategies, geography expansion, research & development, and new product introduction strategies to execute further business expansion and growth during a forecast period.

FPNV Positioning Matrix:The FPNV Positioning Matrix evaluates and categorizes the vendors in the Stem Cell Therapy Market based on Business Strategy (Business Growth, Industry Coverage, Financial Viability, and Channel Support) and Product Satisfaction (Value for Money, Ease of Use, Product Features, and Customer Support) that aids businesses in better decision making and understanding the competitive landscape.

Market Share Analysis:The Market Share Analysis offers the analysis of vendors considering their contribution to the overall market. It provides the idea of its revenue generation into the overall market compared to other vendors in the space. It provides insights into how vendors are performing in terms of revenue generation and customer base compared to others. Knowing market share offers an idea of the size and competitiveness of the vendors for the base year. It reveals the market characteristics in terms of accumulation, fragmentation, dominance, and amalgamation traits.

Competitive Scenario:The Competitive Scenario provides an outlook analysis of the various business growth strategies adopted by the vendors. The news covered in this section deliver valuable thoughts at the different stage while keeping up-to-date with the business and engage stakeholders in the economic debate. The competitive scenario represents press releases or news of the companies categorized into Merger & Acquisition, Agreement, Collaboration, & Partnership, New Product Launch & Enhancement, Investment & Funding, and Award, Recognition, & Expansion. All the news collected help vendor to understand the gaps in the marketplace and competitors strength and weakness thereby, providing insights to enhance product and service.

Company Usability Profiles:The report profoundly explores the recent significant developments by the leading vendors and innovation profiles in the Global Stem Cell Therapy Market, including Advanced Cell Technology, Inc., AlloSource, Inc., Anterogen Co., Ltd., Bioheart Inc., BioTime, Inc., BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Inc., Celgene Corporation, Cellartis AB, CellGenix GmbH, Cellular Engineering Technologies Inc., Gamida Cell Ltd, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Holostem Terapie Avanzate Srl, JCR Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd., Lonza Group AG, Medipost Co., Ltd., Nuvasive, Inc., Osiris Therapeutics, Inc., Pharmicell Co., Ltd., Pluristem Therapeutics Inc., PromoCell GmbH, RTI Surgical, Inc., STEMCELL Technologies, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, Vericel Corporation, and VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc..

The report provides insights on the following pointers:1. Market Penetration: Provides comprehensive information on the market offered by the key players2. Market Development: Provides in-depth information about lucrative emerging markets and analyze penetration across mature segments of the markets3. Market Diversification: Provides detailed information about new product launches, untapped geographies, recent developments, and investments4. Competitive Assessment & Intelligence: Provides an exhaustive assessment of market shares, strategies, products, certification, regulatory approvals, patent landscape, and manufacturing capabilities of the leading players5. Product Development & Innovation: Provides intelligent insights on future technologies, R&D activities, and breakthrough product developments

The report answers questions such as:1. What is the market size and forecast of the Global Stem Cell Therapy Market?2. What are the inhibiting factors and impact of COVID-19 shaping the Global Stem Cell Therapy Market during the forecast period?3. Which are the products/segments/applications/areas to invest in over the forecast period in the Global Stem Cell Therapy Market?4. What is the competitive strategic window for opportunities in the Global Stem Cell Therapy Market?5. What are the technology trends and regulatory frameworks in the Global Stem Cell Therapy Market?6. What is the market share of the leading vendors in the Global Stem Cell Therapy Market?7. What modes and strategic moves are considered suitable for entering the Global Stem Cell Therapy Market?Read the full report:

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The Impact Of Market Restrictions On The US Stem Cell Biomaterials Market – Med Device Online

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By Alycea Wood and Kamran Zamanian, Ph.D., iData Research Inc.

When choosing a treatment option for orthopedic procedures, biomaterials have become widely popular. Biomaterials are biomedical materials that can be safely implanted or injected into the body and are, more often than not, a form of biologically active tissue themselves.1 Their prevalence in orthopedic procedures is largely attributed to their ability to mimic the structure or properties of osseous tissue. Many products can offer a number of beneficial properties, such as promoting bone growth within the body (osteoinduction), promoting bone growth on the biomaterials scaffold (osteoconduction), or inducing the differentiation of stem cells into osseous tissue (osteogenesis).2,3 The orthopedic biomaterials market includes bone graft substitutes, growth factors, cellular allografts, cell therapy, hyaluronic acid viscosupplementation, and even cartilage repair devices. The U.S. orthopedic biomaterials market saw a dramatic dip and subsequent rebound in market value in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. After recovery, the market is projected to see a consistently steady growth in value within the next few years. This growth is expected to be seen across all market segments apart from cellular allograft devices (Figure 1).4

Figure 1: Orthopedic biomaterials market growth trends by market segment, U.S., 20192028. Access iDatas U.S. Orthopedic Biomaterials report to view more granular data.

Cellular allografts may consist of either allograft bone (donated bone tissue) in conjunction with adipose-derived adult stem cells or viable cells within a cortical cancellous bone matrix.4,5 In both scenarios, the devices provide osteoconduction, osteoinduction, and osteogenesis to the site of implantation. Historically, this market had seen promising growth because of the optimal environment for bone growth they can provide.6 The cellular allograft market is projected to see a much slower rate of growth in market value in the next few years despite its market potential due to increased constraints on the market itself. These include, but are not limited to, direct federal restriction on product research, cost of product development, and product recalls.4

There is a strong interest in the scientific community in embryonic stem cell (ESC) research, which is largely due to ESCs high differentiability when compared to adult stem cell (ASC) lines.7 The development of new cellular allograft products, and the resulting growth in the market, is dependent on continued research into realizing the full medical potential of stem cell use. In 2019, the Trump administration eliminated federal funding of research relying on ESC tissue and instituted the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board. This negatively impacted a large number of studies in progress while restricting the ability of new projects to commence.8,9,10 While the board was in effect, it rejected all but one application for funding.11 In April 2021, the Biden administration removed both the board and the restrictions on current projects, allowing federally funded research using ESC to continue.12 This was not the first instance where restrictions were placed and then removed on ESC research. In March 2009, President Obama signed an executive order to overturn the Bush administrations restriction on ESC research.13

The repeated restrictions on ESC research have a number of long-term ramifications in the development and implementation of new, effective cellular allograft treatments. Scientists may need to divert their research efforts away from stem cells and into less turbulent fields, and the progress of product development slows down as studies have funding pulled; this may contribute to increased hesitancy by end users to use stem cell products. Reduced research efforts, funding, and faith in stem cell products will continue to limit the growth of the cellular allograft market.

Cellular allografts tend to be notably more expensive than others within the broader cell-based biomaterials market. When compared to the cell therapy market, which uses either concentrated platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) in its treatment, the cellular allograft average selling price (ASP) sits over three times higher (Figure 2).3

Figure 2: The average selling price (ASP) of the cellular allograft & cell therapy markets, U.S., 20182028. Access iDatas U.S. Orthopedic Biomaterials report to view more granular data.

The ASP of the cellular allograft market is so high because of the prohibitively expensive cost of developing new products. During the development process, reliable efficacy of a new product is uncertain, and using protein markers to help distinguish stem cell types can be very challenging.4,14 The increased cost of product development acts as a significant barrier to parties looking to enter the U.S. cellular allograft market. The result is fewer products entering and rejuvenating the market, and existing products sit at prohibitively high prices as they have low direct competition.4 The high cost of cellular allograft products hinders new entrants from introducing products and prevents end users from being able to afford existing ones. A broader consequence of this is end users turning to more affordable orthopedic biomaterial types to reduce procedural costs.

Any product recalls within the U.S. orthopedic biomaterials market, especially within cell-based therapies, will negatively impact the use of cellular allografts. This impact is amplified when a recall occurs within the market segment itself, which was seen in the cellular allograft market as recently as June 2021. On June 2, 2021, Aziyo Biologics recalled its product FiberCel following a number of patients contracting tuberculosis.15 Recalls deter the use of cell-based products through increased distrust in the safety of the products themselves, potential public backlash against the specific product itself or, in the market more broadly, reduced reimbursement from health insurance providers as well as the introduction of more restrictive FDA protocols. This is another reason why effective, safe, cell-based products are necessary for the cellular allograft market to move forward.


Federal research restrictions, high development costs, and product recalls all negatively impact the growth of the cellular allograft market in the United States. These constraints contribute to the projected low growth rate in market value in the coming years despite the potential uses for stem cell therapies. To shift the tide back toward growth, the cellular allograft space will need consistent research progress through large-scale studies, more affordable product development, and strict enforcement of sanitization protocols for existing products to prevent future product recalls. The large therapeutic potential of stem cell therapy has been discussed extensively in scientific and popular literature, but it may take a while to realize it.


About The Authors:

Alycea Wood is a research analyst at iData Research. She develops and composes syndicated research projects regarding the medical device industry, and published the U.S. Orthopedic Biomaterials report series.

Kamran Zamanian, Ph.D., is CEO and founding partner of iData Research. He has spent over 20 years working in the market research industry with a dedication to the study of medical devices used in the health of patients all over the globe.

About iData Research

For 16 years, iData Research has been a strong advocate for data-driven decision-making within the global medical device, dental, and pharmaceutical industries. By providing custom research and consulting solutions, iData empowers its clients to trust the source of data and make important strategic decisions with confidence.

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Jasper Therapeutics Stock Soars after Oppenheimer Calls it a Buy – Yahoo Finance

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By Sam Boughedda Shares of biotechnology firm Jasper Therapeutics (NASDAQ:JSPR) soared 112% after Oppenheimer analyst Jay Olson initiated coverage of the company with a buy-equivalent outperform rating and $21 price target.

In a research note released after the close on Tuesday, Olson told investors that he sees Jasper as an "emerging leader" in developing novel targeted conditioning agents for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

The company's lead candidate, JSP191, is used to remove hematopoietic stem cells from bone marrow before a transplant.

Olsen believes Jasper Therapeutics is well-positioned to conceivably change what he describes as the "decades-old standard" hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for various diseases "either as a standalone conditioning agent or as the backbone of the conditioning regimen."

At the beginning of October, biopharmaceutical firm Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) disclosed a 7.4% stake in Jasper.

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