FDA grants Fast Track Designation for Celyad’s ischemic heart failure therapy, C-Cure®


Celyad (Euronext Brussels and Paris, and NASDAQ:CYAD), a leader in the discovery and development of engineered cell-based therapies, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation for its C-Cure® therapy.

FDA granted Fast Track designation for reduction in mortality, hospitalization and improvement of quality of life in patients with chronic heart failure secondary to ischemic cardiomyopathy with baseline Left Ventricular End-Diastolic Volumes (LVEDV) between 200 and 370ml as Fast Track Development Program.  

Celyad’s C-Cure® therapy is one of the most advanced cell therapies in the heart failure segment. The CHART-1 trial has identified a sizeable patient population with a positive response to C-Cure®, and a better defined optimal dosing.

This was further validated by the 12 months data recently presented by Prof. John Teerlink at the late breaking session of the European Heart Failure Society meeting (Paris, May 1st, 2017), and accepted for publication in the European Journal of Heart Failure.

In December 2015 Celyad received clearance from the FDA for CHART-2, a prospective multi-centre, randomized, sham-controlled, Phase III pivotal study for C-Cure®. The company is in the process of identifying strategic partners to initiate the CHART-2 clinical trial.

Dr. Christian Homsy, CEO of Celyad: “While Celyad focuses its resources on the development of our immuno-oncology platform, receiving Fast Track Designation is an important milestone for C-Cure® and is a testimony to the quality of the science and the strength of the 9 and 12 months CHART-1  data.  We hope, with the support of Piper Jaffray, to be able to identify a partner to carry the C-Cure program forward.”

The FDA's Fast Track Drug Development Program is designed to expedite clinical development and submission of New Drug Applications (NDA) for medicines with the potential to treat serious or life-threatening conditions and address unmet medical needs. Specifically, Fast Track designation facilitates frequent interactions with the FDA review team, including meetings to discuss all aspects of development to support approval, and also provides the opportunity to submit sections of an NDA on a rolling basis as data become available.

For more information on Fast Track, visit the FDA website (http://www.fda.gov).




Celyad is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of specialized cellbased therapies. The Company utilizes its expertise in cell engineering to target cancer. Celyad’s Natural Killer Receptor based T-Cell (NKR-T) platform has the potential to treat a broad range of solid and hematologic tumors. Its lead oncology candidate, the CAR-T NKR-2, has been evaluated in a single dose - escalation Phase I clinical trial to assess the safety and feasibility of CAR-T NKR-2 cells in patients suffering from AML or MM. This Phase I study was successfully completed in September 2016. Celyad was founded in 2007 and is based in Mont-Saint Guibert, Belgium, and Boston, Massachusetts. Celyad’s ordinary shares are listed on the Euronext Brussels and Euronext Paris exchanges, and its American Depository Shares are listed on NASDAQ Global Market, all under the ticker symbol CYAD.


About C-Cure®
C-Cure® is Celyad's product candidate based on its cardiopoiesis platform being evaluated for heart failure. The research underlying this technology was originally conducted at Mayo Clinic by the research team of Professor André Terzic and Doctor Atta Behfar, and has been published in numerous peer-reviewed publications.  C-Cure® consists of a patient's own cells harvested from bone marrow, treated with a combination of cytokines and growth factors and then re-injected into the heart. It is designed to enhance reparative capabilities in the failing heart. 


About CHART-1
The CHART-1 (Congestive Heart failure Cardiopoietic Regenerative Therapy) trial is a Phase III clinical trial to evaluate C-Cure for the treatment of heart failure. CHART-1 is a prospective, controlled multi-center, randomized, double-blinded Phase III clinical trial comparing treatment with C-Cure® to a sham treatment. The trial recruited 271 evaluable patients with chronic advanced symptomatic heart failure in 12 countries in Europe and Israel. The trial is designed to assess the safety and efficacy of C-Cure®. The primary endpoint of the trial was a composite endpoint including mortality, morbidity, quality of life, Six Minute Walk Test and left ventricular structure and function at nine-month post-procedure.



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