BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Caladrius Biosciences, Inc. (CLBS) (“Caladrius” or the “Company”), a late-stage therapeutics development biopharmaceutical company pioneering advancements of cell therapies in select cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases, and Cognate BioServices, Inc. (“Cognate”), a leading contract development and manufacturing organization in the global cellular therapies industry, announced today that they have entered into a manufacturing agreement for the production of CLBS14, Caladrius’ CD34+ cell therapy. Under the terms of the agreement, Cognate will manufacture CLBS14 for Caladrius’ Phase 3 confirmatory pivotal clinical trial in subjects with no-option refractory disabling angina (“NORDA”).
“Selecting the right company for the manufacturing and supply of CLBS14 is critical to the success of this study. Cognate has a track record of producing personalized cellular therapy products reliably and cost-efficiently and we are excited to be working with them as we take this next step toward getting this important product to patients suffering from this terrible disease,” said David J. Mazzo, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of Caladrius. “In addition to Cognate’s capabilities to support our Phase 3 program, Cognate has experience as a commercial manufacturer of cell therapies and Cognate’s facility has passed multiple FDA inspections.”
In Spring 2018, Caladrius applied for, and was subsequently granted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (“RMAT”) designation for CLBS14. Since then, the Company has worked closely with the FDA to finalize details of a Phase 3 trial that would satisfy the requirements, in combination with previously submitted Phase 1, 2 and 3 clinical data, for filing a biologics license application (“BLA”) for CLBS14 in NORDA.
“We are incredibly excited to be selected as the manufacturer of CLBS14 at this important phase of clinical development,” commented J. Kelly Ganjei, Chief Executive Officer of Cognate. “With patients at the heart of Cognate’s mission and culture, we believe our teams will deliver high quality products for Caladrius. Our U.S. and EU cell therapy experience, and the recent investments in capacity and quality are nicely aligned with Caladrius’ commercial goals.”
CLBS14 is a proprietary formulation of autologous G-CSF mobilized peripheral blood derived CD34+ cells – endothelial progenitor cells that reside naturally in the bone marrow. Among the functions of these cells is the preprogrammed ability to induce capillary growth to regenerate microcirculation in damaged tissue experiencing microvascular insufficiency. CLBS14, administered via intramyocardial injection, is formulated specifically to enhance the potency of the natural process whereby CD34+ cells repair and regenerate microvasculature.
About No-Option Refractory Disabling Angina (NORDA)
Nearly 100,000 refractory angina patients in the United States are categorized as “no-option and disabled” resulting in disease that is recalcitrant to medical therapy and not amenable to conventional revascularization procedures. Patients have recurring lifestyle-limiting symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath and are easily fatigued. These symptoms are often due to totally occluded coronary arteries or to diffuse coronary atherosclerosis that makes revascularization problematic. As the population ages and the incidence of diabetes mellitus increases, this clinical condition is expected to become more prevalent. Patients with this condition have significant morbidity and experience a lower quality of life.¹
About Caladrius Biosciences
Caladrius is a late-stage therapeutics development biopharmaceutical company pioneering advancements of cell therapies for select cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases. Our leadership team collectively has decades of biopharmaceutical development experience and world-recognized scientific achievement in the fields of cardiovascular and autoimmune disease, among other areas. Our current product candidates include three developmental treatments for cardiovascular diseases based on our CD34+ cell therapy platform: CLBS12, recipient of a SAKIGAKE designation in Japan and advanced therapy medicinal product classification (“ATMP”) in Europe, eligible for early conditional approval for the treatment of critical limb ischemia in Japan based on an ongoing clinical trial; CLBS16, subject of the proof-of-concept ESCaPE-CMD clinical trial in the U.S. for the treatment of coronary microvascular dysfunction; and CLBS14, recipient of a RMAT designation in the U.S. and for which we are in preparation to commence a Phase 3 clinical trial in no option refractory disabling angina. For more information on the company, please visit www.caladrius.com.
About Cognate BioServices
Cognate is a results-driven contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) specializing in cell and cell-mediated gene therapy products. Since 2002, Cognate has serviced autologous and allogeneic products in various stages of development from preclinical to Phase 3, and most recently in pivotal Phase 3 with FDA pre-approval inspection preparation. With development and manufacturing at our core, Cognate made significant investments in infrastructure and quality systems; and we have developed a broad range of commercialization services that facilitate logistics, supply chain planning, and capacity planning to bridge clinical to commercial manufacturing. Cognate provides and develops commercially scalable solutions so that our clients are able to offer safe and high-quality products to as many patients as possible. Please visit www.cognatebioservices.com to find out more about us.
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¹Grise MA and Verma A. Ochsner J. 2009 Winter; 9(4): 220–226.
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