BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gamida Cell Ltd. (Nasdaq: GMDA), the leader in the development of NAM-enabled cell therapies for patients with hematologic and solid cancers and other serious diseases, today announced the presentation of data supporting the potential of omidubicel for the treatment of patients with blood cancers in need of an allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant at the 2022 Cord Blood Connect Meeting, being held in South Beach, Florida. “We continue to be encouraged by the growing body of evidence supporting the improved outcomes and lower infection rates seen in patients treated with omidubicel as well as the superior health-related quality of life scores compared to transplantation with UCB. We also demonstrated the potential role for omidubicel to address the unmet need for patients who are currently eligible for transplant, but cannot find a match,” said Julian Adams, chief executive officer of Gamida Cell. “Our omidubicel BLA was accepted by the FDA and granted priority review with a PDUFA date of January 30, 2023, which we believe further underscores the unmet need for patients with blood cancers in need of a stem cell transplant.”
Gamida Cell presented a poster titled “Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQL) Following Transplantation with Omidubicel Versus Umbilical Cord Blood (UCB) in Patients with Hematological Malignancies: Results from a Phase III Randomized, Multicenter Study,” which included an analysis of 75 patients to evaluate changes in HRQL measures between the two study arms. Outcomes evaluated included Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy General (FACT-G) domain scores for physical, social/family, functional and emotional well-being, and EQ-5D-3L index scores at days 42, 100, 180 and 365 post-transplant. During the first-year post-transplant, patients receiving omidubicel had numerically superior average FACT-G domain and EQ-5D-3L index scores compared to UCB, with mean differences across time points ranging from 1.4-3.1 for physical well-being, 0-1.3 for social/family well-being, 0.5-1.4 for emotional well-being, 1.6-3.2 for functional well-being, and 0.03-0.09 for the EQ-5D-3L index score. The data suggest meaningfully greater preservation or improvement of important HRQL domains in patients treated with omidubicel compared to UCB. Learn more
Gamida Cell also presented a poster titled “Projected Impact of Omidubicel on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplant Access and Outcomes for Patients with Hematologic Malignancies in the US,” which featured an analysis of projected impact of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant (allo-HCT) access and clinical outcomes in a hypothetical population of 10,000 allo-HCT-eligible patients with hematologic malignancies lacking an HLA-matched related donor. Assuming 20% omidubicel use, the proportion of patients receiving allo-HCT increased by 71% in Black, 43% in Asian, 30% in Hispanic, and 5% in white patients. The model suggests that access to omidubicel, upon approval, is projected to decrease time to allo-HCT and improve patient outcomes, with the greatest improvements among the racial and ethnic groups underserved by the current standard of care. Learn more
In a poster titled “Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) with Omidubicel Leads to Robust Recovery and Diversity of T cells” patients treated with omidubicel were found to have robust and diverse T cell constitution. In an analysis of the T-cell development of 37 patients, patients transplanted with omidubicel demonstrated higher numbers of Recent Thymic Emigrants (RTEs) in peripheral blood at one year post transplant compared to transplantation with UCB, which suggest faster thymopoiesis and provide mechanistic rational for the lower infection rates and improved outcomes in these patients. Learn more
All three posters were made available beginning Saturday, September 10, 2022, 6:15-7:45 p.m. ET, during the 2022 Cord Blood Connect Meeting.
Omidubicel is an advanced cell therapy candidate developed as a potential life-saving allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell (bone marrow) transplant for patients with blood cancers. Omidubicel demonstrated a statistically significant reduction in time to neutrophil engraftment in comparison to standard umbilical cord blood in an international, multi-center, randomized Phase 3 study (NCT0273029) in patients with hematologic malignancies undergoing allogeneic bone marrow transplant. The Phase 3 study also showed reduced time to platelet engraftment, reduced infections and fewer days of hospitalization. One-year post-transplant data showed sustained clinical benefits with omidubicel as demonstrated by significant reduction in infectious complications as well as reduced non-relapse mortality and no significant increase in relapse rates nor increases in graft-versus-host-disease (GvHD) rates. Omidubicel is the first stem cell transplant donor source to receive Breakthrough Therapy Designation from the FDA and has also received Orphan Drug Designation in the US and EU.
Omidubicel is an investigational stem cell therapy candidate, and its safety and efficacy have not been established by the FDA or any other health authority. For more information about omidubicel, please visit https://www.gamida-cell.com.
About NAM Technology
Our NAM-enabling technology is designed to enhance the number and functionality of targeted cells, enabling us to pursue a curative approach that moves beyond what is possible with existing therapies. Leveraging the unique properties of NAM (nicotinamide), we can expand and metabolically modulate multiple cell types — including stem cells and natural killer cells — with appropriate growth factors to maintain the cells’ active phenotype and enhance potency. Additionally, our NAM technology improves the metabolic fitness of cells, allowing for continued activity throughout the expansion process.
About Gamida Cell
Gamida Cell is pioneering a diverse immunotherapy pipeline of potentially curative cell therapy candidates for patients with solid tumor and blood cancers and other serious blood diseases. We apply a proprietary expansion platform leveraging the properties of NAM to allogeneic cell sources including umbilical cord blood-derived cells and NK cells to create therapy candidates with potential to redefine standards of care. These include omidubicel, an investigational product with potential as a life-saving alternative for patients in need of bone marrow transplant, and a line of modified and unmodified NAM-enabled NK cells targeted at solid tumor and hematological malignancies. For additional information, please visit www.gamida-cell.com or follow Gamida Cell on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @GamidaCellTx.
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1CIBMTR 2019 – allogeneic transplants in patients 12+ years with hematological malignancies.
2Gamida Cell market research