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The chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy CT103A produced durable responses in patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (MM), results from a phase 1/2 study suggest. 

CT103A — a fully human, BCMA-specific CAR T-cell therapy — yielded responses even in patients who had received prior murine BCMA CAR T-cell therapy, according to Di Wang, MD, PhD, of Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, China. 

Dr Wang presented these results at the 2021 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting. 

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The phase 1/2 trial included 79 patients with relapsed/refractory MM. At baseline, the patients’ median age was 56 years (range, 39-70 years), 59.5% were men, and 13.9% had extramedullary MM (EMM). 

All patients were refractory to their last treatment. They had received a median of 5 prior lines of therapy (range, 3-13), 26.6% had undergone autologous transplant, and 16.5% had received prior CAR T-cell therapy. 

Patients received the recommended phase 2 dose of CT103A (1.0 x 106 cells/kg) after lymphodepletion with fludarabine and cyclophosphamide. 

For the entire cohort, the objective response rate was 94.9%, and the complete response (CR) rate was 58.2%. Among patients who had EMM and/or had received prior CAR T-cell therapy (n=20), the ORR was 85.0%, and the CR rate was 55.0%. 

In the entire cohort, 93.7% of patients achieved minimal residual disease (MRD) negativity. The median time to MRD negativity was 15.5 days.

The median progression-free survival (PFS) was 25.3 months. The 6-month PFS rate was 78.0%, and the 12-month PFS rate was 71.0%. 

Cytokine release syndrome (CRS) was most commonly grade 1 (64.6%) or grade 2 (27.8%) in severity. There were no cases of grade 4 or 5 CRS, and 2.5% of patients had grade 3 CRS. The median time to CRS onset was 6 days, and the median duration was 5 days. 

There was 1 case of grade 2 immune effector cell-associated neurotoxicity syndrome (ICANS). All cases of CRS and ICANS resolved after intervention.

Disclosures: This research was supported by IASO Therapeutics, Inc. Some study authors declared affiliations, including employment, with IASO Therapeutics. Please see the original reference for a full list of disclosures.

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Li C, Wang D, Song Y, et al. A phase 1/2 study of a novel fully human B-cell maturation antigen-specific CAR T cells (CT103A) in patients with relapsed and/or refractory multiple myeloma. Presented at ASH 2021; December 11-14, 2021. Abstract 547.