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Two years of clinical trial data demonstrated potentially long-lasting activity for an investigational chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell (CAR-T) product in patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM).

The 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) and uses a fully human BCMA single-chain variable fragment.

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A total of 24 patients with RRMM received the investigational product in 1 of 3 single-arm, phase 1 clinical trials conducted in China ( Identifier: NCT03716856, Identifier: NCT03302403, and Identifier: NCT03380039). Patients were heavily pretreated, having received between 2 and 11 prior lines of therapy (median, 5 prior lines of therapy).

All patients had grade 3 or worse hematological toxicity, but most recovered within 2 weeks. A total of 62.5% of patients had cytokine release syndrome (CRS), all of which was grade 1 or 2. One patient had grade 3 neurotoxicity and recovered fully.

Overall, 21 patients (87.5%) responded, which included 16 stringent complete responses (sCRs) and 3 complete responses (CRs). Responses lasted for a median of 21.8 months, and patients had a median progression-free survival of 18.8 months.

The median duration of response was nearly 1 year longer in patients who did not have extramedullary disease compared with those who did (21.8 vs 10.3 months, respectively).

Nine patients who achieved CR or sCR continue to have a response.

Study presenter Siguo Hao, MD, PhD, Xinhua Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China, said that sufficient CAR T-cell expansion and persistence were observed.

Specifically, CAR T cells were detected as early as 1 to 7 days after infusion and expansion peaked 3 to 4 weeks after infusion. Cells persisted for a median of 161 days; the longest expansion period is 510 days and remains ongoing.

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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Hao S, Jin J, Jiang S, et al. Two-year follow-up of investigator-initiated phase 1 trials of the safety and efficacy of fully human anti-Bcma CAR T Cells (CT053) in relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma. Presented at: the 62nd American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition; December 5-8, 2020. Abstract 132.