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An investigational chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell (CAR-T) product showed clinical activity in patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM), according to the results of the ongoing, single-arm, phase 1b/2 LUMMICAR-2 study ( Identifier: NCT03915184).

The trial data were presented at the virtual 62nd American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition.

Known as CT053, the investigational CAR-T product targets B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA) using a fully human BCMA single-chain variable fragment and can be manufactured in approximately 8 to 10 days.

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The phase 1b portion of the trial enrolled 20 patients from sites in the United States and Canada and all patients were infused with the investigational CAR-T product.

Patients were heavily pretreated, having received between 3 and 11 prior lines of therapy (median, 5 prior lines). Most patients were refractory to 3 drugs and half were refractory to 5.

All patients had grade 3 or worse hematological toxicity and 10% had grade 3 or worse infections. Most patients (75%) had grade 1 or 2 cytokine release syndrome and no grade 3 or worse toxicity was seen. Only 3 patients (15%) had immune effector cell-associated neurotoxicity syndrome, which included 1 patient with grade 1 toxicity, 1 with grade 2, and 1 with grade 3.

CAR T cells were detectable between 3 and 7 days and reached their peak expansion between 1 and 2 weeks after infusion. CAR T cells were still detectable for at least 6 months.

All patients had clearance of plasma cells in the bone marrow. An overall response rate of 94% was seen among 18 patients who had at least 8 weeks of follow-up. Responses included 5 complete responses or greater, 5 very good partial responses, and 7 partial responses.

“The responses that were obtained continue to deepen with longer follow-up,” said the study presenter Shaji Kumar, MD, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Division of Hematology, Rochester, Minnesota.

He noted that the phase 2 portion of the trial will launch soon.

Disclosures: Some of the presenters disclosed financial relationships with the pharmaceutical industry and/or the medical device industry. For a full list of disclosures, please refer to the presentation abstract.

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Kumar SK, Baz RC, Orlowski RZ, et al. Results from Lummicar-2: A phase 1b/2 study of fully human B-cell maturation antigen-specific CAR T cells (CT053) in patients with relapsed and/or refractory multiple myeloma. Presented at: the 62nd American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition; December 5-8, 2020. Abstract 133.