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Gracell Biotechnologies Inc.
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|Gracell Biotechnologies Inc.|
|By:||/s/ Yili Kevin Xie|
|Name:||Yili Kevin Xie|
|Title:||Chief Financial Officer|
Date: December 16, 2022
Gracell Biotechnologies to Present First Clinical Data of FasTCAR-T
GC012F for Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma at 64th American
Society of Hematology Annual Meeting & Exposition
BCMA/CD19 dual-targeting FasTCAR-T GC012F demonstrated 100% ORR and 100% MRD negativity in the 13 patients treated
SAN DIEGO, Calif. and SUZHOU and SHANGHAI, China (Nov. 3, 2022) – Gracell Biotechnologies Inc. (“Gracell” or the “Company”, NASDAQ: GRCL), a global clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing highly efficacious and affordable cell therapies for the treatment of cancer, today announced the first clinical data of its ongoing Phase 1, investigator-initiated study in China evaluating FasTCAR-enabled GC012F in newly diagnosed, transplant-eligible, high-risk multiple myeloma (NDMM) patients. The findings will be presented during an oral session at the 64th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, at 5:15pm CT on Dec. 10, 2022, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
GC012F is an autologous CAR-T therapeutic candidate dual-targeting B cell maturation antigen (BCMA) and CD19 and is developed using Gracell's proprietary FasTCAR next-day manufacturing platform.
As of the ASH abstract data cutoff date July 25, 2022, 13 transplant-eligible, NDMM patients had received GC012F infusion. All patients had one or more high-risk features. After receiving a conditioning chemotherapy of cyclophosphamide and fludarabine, patients were treated with GC012F as a single infusion of one of three dose levels: 1x105 cells/kg (DL1), 2x105 cells/kg (DL2) and 3x105 cells/kg (DL3).
The study is ongoing. As of the ASH abstract data cutoff date, among the 13 efficacy-evaluable patients with a median follow-up time of 5.3 months (range 2.3-12.5 months):
|·||Overall response rate was 100%|
|·||69% of patients had achieved stringent complete response (sCR). Patients continue to be followed for deepening responses|
|·||All patients had achieved minimal residual disease (MRD) negativity|
|·||In the MRD assessment with EuroFlow for landmark analysis at month 1 and month 6, all evaluable patients were MRD negative at both timepoints|
|·||All patients had experienced robust CAR-T cell expansion|
The preliminary clinical data is also demonstrating an excellent safety profile:
|·||Only 23% (3/13) patients experienced Grade 1-2 cytokine release syndrome (CRS)|
|·||No Grade 3 or higher CRS, and no immune effector cell-associated neurotoxicity syndrome (ICANS) of any grade had been observed|
|·||Abstract title: Phase I Open-Label Single-Arm Study of BCMA/CD19 Dual-Targeting FasTCAR-T Cells (GC012F) As First-Line Therapy for Transplant-Eligible Newly Diagnosed High-Risk Multiple Myeloma|
|·||Abstract ID: 162295|
|·||Session Name: 704. Cellular Immunotherapies: Early Phase and Investigational Therapies: CAR T in Multiple Myeloma and T-cell Therapies After Allo-HCT|
|·||Session Date: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022 from 4-5:30 p.m. CT|
|·||Presentation Time: 5:15 p.m. CT|
|·||Location: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Great Hall A/D|
The abstract is now available online on the ASH website.
“We are excited to present the first clinical data evaluating GC012F as a first-line therapy for multiple myeloma at ASH 2022, a premier gathering of leading minds in hematology and oncology from around the world. We are thrilled to report that BCMA/CD19 dual targeting FasTCAR-T GC012F is showing a very favorable safety profile and encouraging efficacy in newly-diagnosed multiple myeloma patients," said Dr. Wendy Li, Gracell’s Chief Medical Officer. “We believe the data further validates our proprietary FasTCAR next-day manufacturing platform and the potential of GC012F in treatment for multiple myeloma. Treating newly diagnosed patients will be a new frontier for CAR-T, and we are committed to bringing paradigm-shifting innovation to patients in need.”
GC012F is a FasTCAR-enabled BCMA/CD19 dual-targeting CAR-T product candidate that is currently being evaluated in IIT studies in China for the treatment of multiple myeloma and B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. GC012F simultaneously targets CD19 and BCMA to drive fast, deep and durable responses, which can potentially improve efficacy and reduce relapse in multiple myeloma and B-NHL patients.
CAR-T cells manufactured on Gracell's proprietary FasTCAR platform appear younger, less exhausted and show enhanced proliferation, persistence, bone marrow migration and tumor cell clearance activities as demonstrated in preclinical studies. With next-day manufacturing, FasTCAR is able to significantly improve cell production efficiency which may result in meaningful cost savings, and, together with fast release time, enables enhanced accessibility of cell therapies for cancer patients.
Gracell Biotechnologies Inc. ("Gracell") is a global clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering and developing breakthrough cell therapies. Leveraging its pioneering FasTCAR and TruUCAR technology platforms and SMART CARTTM technology module, Gracell is developing a rich clinical-stage pipeline of multiple autologous and allogeneic product candidates with the potential to overcome major industry challenges that persist with conventional CAR-T therapies, including lengthy manufacturing time, suboptimal cell quality, high therapy cost and lack of effective CAR-T therapies for solid tumors. For more information on Gracell, please visit www.gracellbio.com. Follow @GracellBio on LinkedIn.
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