Publication date: 01/07/2019
Celyad (Euronext Brussels and Paris, and Nasdaq: CYAD), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of CAR-T cell-based therapies, today announced several strategic updates to its relapse/refractory (r/r) acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) program, including its lead autologous NKG2D-based CAR-T therapy, CYAD-01, as well as the next-generation NKG2D-based CAR-T candidate, CYAD-02. The Company’s management team will host a conference call tomorrow, July 2nd, at 2 p.m. CEDT / 8 a.m. EDT, to discuss each of the updates and future milestones for the program.
Filippo Petti, CEO of Celyad noted “Over the past few years Celyad has made great strides in evaluating our NKG2D-based CAR-T therapy for the treatment of relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome. We have observed that targeting NKG2D ligands with our lead CAR-T candidate CYAD-01 drives anti-leukemic activity and is well tolerated. Today marks a milestone event as we announce that the FDA has accepted our Investigational New Drug application to commence clinical trials for our next-generation, CAR-T candidate, CYAD-02, and that the FDA and FAMHP have accepted our proposal to utilize our new, proprietary ‘OptimAb’ manufacturing process for both CYAD-01 and CYAD-02. Given the recent updates to our relapsed/refractory AML program, we believe we are well-positioned to improve upon the initial signals we’ve observed to date for CYAD-01 in this difficult to treat and rapidly progressing patient population.”