Children Treated With Remestemcel-L Show Long-Term Survival Through Four Years in Steroid-Refractory Acute Graft Versus Host Disease (SR-aGVHD)
NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mesoblast Limited (Nasdaq:MESO; ASX:MSB), global leader in allogeneic cellular medicines for inflammatory diseases, today announced top-line long-term survival results for remestemcel-L from its pivotal Phase 3 trial (GVHD-001) in children with steroid-refractory acute graft-versus-host disease (SR-aGVHD). The results showed durable survival through 4 years of follow-up. These new long-term survival data are a key component of the company’s BLA resubmission to the FDA for remestemcel-L in the treatment of children with SR-aGVHD, a life-threatening condition with no approved treatments for children under 12 years.
“These exciting long-term results provide further evidence of remestemcel-L’s potential as a highly effective treatment for SR-aGVHD in children,” said Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg, Jerome Harris Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Pathology, Duke University Medical Center, the Phase 3 trial’s principal investigator. “Responses are durable, reducing mortality of this often lethal complication of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.”
A four-year observational cohort survival study was performed by the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) on 51 evaluable children with SR-aGVHD who were enrolled in Mesoblast’s phase 3 clinical trial of remestemcel-L across 20 centers in the US.
"CIBMTR is proud that the high-quality comprehensive data included in our database supports critical clinical advances such as this to improve outcomes for cellular therapy patients," said Patricia Steinert, PhD, MBA, Executive Scientific Director, CIBMTR MCW Associate Professor, Department of Medicine Center for International Blood & Marrow.
Overall survival in the remestemcel-L cohort was 63% at 1 year, 51% at 2 years, and 49% at 4 years, with median survival of 2 to 3 years. In recently published studies of children or adults with SR-aGVHD who received best available therapy (BAT) or the only FDA-approved agent for adults, ruxolitinib, 1 year survival was 40-49% and 2 year survival was 25%-38%,1-4 with median survival between 6.5 months and 11.1 months.3
Moreover, in the observational cohort study 88% of children treated with remestemcel-L had severe disease with highest mortality risk, defined by either IBMTR Grade C/D or Glucksberg Grade III/IV, whereas only 22% to 68% of patients in the other studies were considered to be severe.1-4 These results reaffirm the potential significance of remestemcel-L as a life-saving therapy for children with SR-aGVHD.
Mesoblast Chief Executive, Dr Silviu Itescu said: “These substantial and durable long-term survival outcomes seen in our Phase 3 trial with remestemcel-L are a cornerstone to our BLA resubmission.”
About Steroid-refractory Acute Graft Versus Host Disease
esoblast has a strong and extensive global intellectual property portfolio with protection extending through to at least 2041 in all major markets. The Company’s proprietary manufacturing processes yield industrial-scale, cryopreserved, off-the-shelf, cellular medicines. These cell therapies, with defined pharmaceutical release criteria, are planned to be readily available to patients worldwide.
Mesoblast is developing product candidates for distinct indications based on its remestemcel-L and rexlemestrocel-L allogeneic stromal cell technology platforms. Remestemcel-L is being developed for inflammatory diseases in children and adults including steroid refractory acute graft versus host disease, biologic-resistant inflammatory bowel disease, and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Rexlemestrocel-L is in development for advanced chronic heart failure and chronic low back pain. Two products have been commercialized in Japan and Europe by Mesoblast’s licensees, and the Company has established commercial partnerships in Europe and China for certain Phase 3 assets.
Mesoblast has locations in Australia, the United States and Singapore and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (MSB) and on the Nasdaq (MESO). For more information, please see www.mesoblast.com, LinkedIn: Mesoblast Limited and Twitter: @Mesoblast
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