Mustang Bio Announces Updated Interim Results from Follicular Lymphoma Cohort of Ongoing Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial of MB-106, CD20-Targeted CAR T Therapy
94% overall response rate and 78% complete response rate in patients with FL, including complete response in a patient previously treated with CD19-targeted CAR T therapy
100% overall response rate in other B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas including Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
Multicenter Phase 1/2 clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of MB-106 for relapsed or refractory B-NHL and CLL under Mustang’s IND open to enrollment
WORCESTER, Mass., June 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mustang Bio, Inc. (“Mustang”) (NASDAQ: MBIO), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on translating today’s medical breakthroughs in cell and gene therapies into potential cures for hematologic cancers, solid tumors and rare genetic diseases, today announced that updated interim data from the ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial of MB-106, a CD20-targeted, autologous CAR T cell therapy, show a favorable safety profile, high overall response (“ORR”) and complete response (“CR”) rates, and CAR T persistence in patients with follicular lymphoma (“FL”). MB-106 is being developed in a collaboration between Mustang and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (“Fred Hutch”) to treat patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas (“B-NHLs”) and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (“CLL”).
The updated results presented during an on-site oral presentation at the European Hematology Association 2022 Hybrid Congress (“EHA2022”) by Mazyar Shadman, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor and physician at Fred Hutch and University of Washington, included interim safety and efficacy data from the cell manufacturing process that was modified to combine the culture of CD4+ and CD8+ cells. CAR-T cells were administered at one of 5 dose levels: 1x105, 3.3x105, 1x106, 3.3x106 and 1x107 CAR T cells/kg. Treatment for all patients was infused in the outpatient setting except for the first patient of each dose cohort, each of which was kept for overnight observation.
In the 18 treated patients with FL, ORR and CR were 94% (17/18) and 78% (14/18), respectively. Additionally, 17% experienced a partial response (3/18) and 5% experienced disease progression (1/18). One patient experienced pseudo-progression followed by a spontaneous CR documented at 207 days and has remained in remission since. Additionally, one patient with prior CD19 CAR-T failure experienced a CR and also remains in remission. From a safety profile perspective, cytokine release syndrome occurred in 5 patients: 4 patients with grade 1 and one patient with grade 2. No patients with FL experienced immune effector cell associated neurotoxicity syndrome of any grade. Although the persistence of CAR T cells was seen at all dose levels and was comparable by day 28, the expansion was faster at the higher dose levels.
“We continue to observe a favorable safety profile and high rate of complete response with MB-106 as exhibited by this follicular lymphoma cohort and within a wide range of other hematologic malignancies including CLL, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (“DLBCL”) and Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia (“WM”),” said Dr. Shadman. “Based on the ongoing progress, MB-106 may be a suitable outpatient treatment for these patients and another immunotherapy option for patients for whom CD19-directed CAR T cell therapy is not effective. Enrollment in this study remains open to patients with CD20+ B-NHLs and CLL, including patients with prior CAR T treatment.”
Manuel Litchman, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Mustang, said, “Given the ongoing positive progress presented by Dr. Shadman, we look forward to evaluating MB-106 to treat relapsed or refractory B-NHL and CLL in the multicenter clinical trial under Mustang’s IND which is now open to enrollment. MB-106 continues to demonstrate its potential as a safe, effective CAR T therapy that can address the unmet needs of a range of patients with relapsed or refractory B-NHLs, including WM and DLBCL, with outpatient administration. It is especially gratifying to see that the DLBCL patient previously reported as a PR has now improved to a CR, which therefore represents a second CR in DLBCL and a second CR in a patient previously treated with CD19-targeted CAR T therapy.”
Scientists at Fred Hutch played a role in developing these discoveries, and Fred Hutch and certain of its scientists may benefit financially from this work in the future.
About MB-106 (CD20-targeted autologous CAR T Cell Therapy)
CD20 is a membrane-embedded surface molecule which plays a role in the differentiation of B-cells into plasma cells. The CAR T was developed by Mustang’s research collaborator, Fred Hutch, in the laboratories of the late Oliver Press, M.D., Ph.D., and Brian Till, M.D., Associate Professor in the Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutch, and was exclusively licensed to Mustang in 2017. The lentiviral vector drug substance used to transduce patients’ cells to create the MB-106 drug product produced at Fred Hutch has been optimized as a third-generation CAR derived from a fully human antibody, and MB-106 is currently in a Phase 1/2 open-label, dose-escalation trial at Fred Hutch in patients with B-NHLs and CLL. The same lentiviral vector drug substance produced at Fred Hutch will be used to transduce patients’ cells to create the MB-106 drug product produced at Mustang Bio’s Worcester, MA, cell processing facility for administration in the planned multicenter Phase 1/2 clinical trial that is now open to enrollment under Mustang Bio’s IND. It should be noted that Mustang Bio has introduced minor improvements to its cell processing to facilitate eventual commercial launch of the product. In addition, prior to commercial launch, Mustang Bio will replace the Fred Hutch lentiviral vector drug substance with vector produced at a commercial manufacturer. Additional information on the trials can be found at http://www.clinicaltrials.gov using the identifier NCT05360238 for the multicenter trial and NCT03277729 for the ongoing trial at Fred Hutch.
About Mustang Bio
Mustang Bio, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on translating today’s medical breakthroughs in cell and gene therapies into potential cures for hematologic cancers, solid tumors and rare genetic diseases. Mustang aims to acquire rights to these technologies by licensing or otherwise acquiring an ownership interest, to fund research and development, and to outlicense or bring the technologies to market. Mustang has partnered with top medical institutions to advance the development of CAR T therapies across multiple cancers, as well as lentiviral gene therapies for severe combined immunodeficiency. Mustang is registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and files periodic reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Mustang was founded by Fortress Biotech, Inc. (NASDAQ: FBIO). For more information, visit www.mustangbio.com.
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Released June 13, 2022 • 8:00 AM EDT