SHANGHAI, CHINA, September 26, 2021 - JW Therapeutics (HKEx: 2126), an innovative biotechnology company focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing cell immunotherapy products, today announced updated 1-year follow-up result of relmacabtagene autoleucel injection (relma-cel) for the treatment of relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma (r/r LBCL) at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Chinese Society of Clinical Oncology (CSCO).
RELIANCE Study was a phase II, open-label, single-arm, multi-center clinical study in China, which included 59 adult patients with r/r LBCL who had failed at least 2 lines of previous treatment. As of the December 31st, 2020 data cut-off, in 58 evaluable patients, results include:
- Relma-cel showed durable responses and long-term survival benefit; the Best Overall Response Rate was 77.6%, the Best Complete Response Rate was 51.7% and 1-year Overall Survival (OS) was 76.8% with a median follow-up of 17.9 months;
- Relma-cel was generally well-tolerated with a safety profile including a low severe Cytokine Release Syndrome (≥grade 3) of 5.1% and a low severe neurotoxicity rate (≥grade 3) of 3.4%, and no new safety signals with a median of 17.9 months of follow up;
- Long-term follow-up of the RELIANCE study have confirmed the durability of response and long-term OS with relma-cel treatment, which also was associated with low rates of CAR-T-associated toxicities.
“Large B-cell lymphoma (LBCL) is the most common and aggressive type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and most patients relapse after initial therapies with limited treatment options with standard therapies and a median survival of approximately 6 months,” said Mark J. Gilbert, Chief Medical Officer of JW Therapeutics, “These long-term follow-up data reported from the RELIANCE study have confirmed the durability of responses after relma-cel treatment, representing a potentially important treatment option for these patients that appears to offer clear hope of longer survival in these patients.”
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About Relmacabtagene Autoleucel Injection (trade name: Carteyva®)
Relmacabtagene autoleucel injection (abbreviated as relma-cel, trade name: Carteyva®) is an autologous anti-CD19 CAR-T cell immunotherapy product independently developed by JW Therapeutics based on a CAR-T cell process platform of Juno Therapeutics (a Bristol Myers Squibb company). Being the first product of JW Therapeutics, relma-cel was approved by the China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) in September 2021 for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma after two or more lines of systemic therapy, making it the first CAR-T product approved as Category 1 biologics product in China. Currently, it is the only CAR-T product in China that has been simultaneously included in the National Significant New Drug Development Program, granted priority review and breakthrough therapy designations.
About RELIANCE Study (NCT04089215)
RELIANCE study was a single-arm, multi-center, pivotal study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of relmacabtagene autoleucel injection (relma-cel) in patients with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma (r/r LBCL) in China. At the time it was conducted, this study was the largest clinical study of CAR-T cell therapy in China under the Investigational New Drug (IND) pathway.
RELIANCE study enrolled 59 patients with r/r LBCL who had failed at least two lines of therapy, including a CD20 agent and anthracycline, and patients continue to be monitored for up to 2 years and beyond for long term outcomes. As of the December 31st, 2020 data cut-off, the Best Overall Response Rate was 77.6% with a Best Complete Response Rate of 51.7%, and 12-month Overall Survival (OS) was 76.8% in 58 evaluable patients; With a median follow-up of 17.9 months, of 59 treated patients, 5.1% and 3.4% of the patients experienced Cytokine Release Syndrome (CRS) and Neurotoxicity (NT) of Grade 3 or above, respectively. Rates for any severity grade CRS and NT were 47.5% and 20.3%, respectively. Long term follow up of the RELIANCE study have confirmed the durability of response and long-term OS with relma-cel treatment, which also was associated with low rates of CAR-T-associated toxicities.
About JW Therapeutics
JW Therapeutics (HKEx: 2126) is an innovative biotechnology company focusing on developing, manufacturing and commercializing cell immunotherapy products. Co-founded by Juno Therapeutics (a Bristol Myers Squibb company) and WuXi AppTec in 2016, JW Therapeutics is committed to becoming an innovation leader in cell immunotherapy. The company has built a top world-class platform for technology and product development in cell immunotherapy, as well as a promising product pipeline covering both hematologic malignancies and solid tumors, to bring the hope of a cure for Chinese and global patients, and to lead the healthy and standardized development of China’s cell immunotherapy industry. For more information, please visit www.jwtherapeutics.com.