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Gamida Cell Ltd.: European Medicines Evaluation Agency Waives Requirement to Test StemEx(R) in Paediatric Patients 17 Years of Age and Under


1/19/2010 10:21:04 AM

JERUSALEM, Israel, January 18 /PRNewswire/ --

- The International Study of StemEx, an Experimental Treatment for Leukemia, Lymphoma and MDS, is now Enrolling at Clinical Sites in Italy, Hungary, Spain, Israel and the U.S.

The Gamida Cell-Teva Joint Venture (JV) announced today that the Paediatric Committee (PDCO) of the EMA has granted product specific waivers for StemEx for all subsets of the paediatric population (birth to 17 years of age) in all conditions. The PDCO emphasized that the granting of the waivers should not prevent the JV from considering developing StemEx for children with conditions where there is a need. StemEx is being developed by a joint venture equally owned and operated by Gamida Cell and Teva Pharmaceuticals .

In order to register a new medicinal product in the European Union, a company generally needs to clinically prove efficacy and safety in paediatric patients in addition to adults. Moreover, a company has to submit to the PDCO a Paediatric Investigational Plan (PIP) for the four existing paediatric age subsets which cover from birth to 17 years of age. The JV submitted a PIP for the age group 12 -17 together with product specific waiver requests for the three age groups between birth to 11 years of age.

As the added value of StemEx lies primarily in the treatment of larger children and adult patients, the PDCO waiver is congruent with the JV's strategy to develop StemEx initially for adolescents and adults.

Ms. Michal Austin, director of regulatory affairs said, "It is well known that the limited number of stem cells in cord blood inhibits the therapeutic use of cord blood transplantation in adolescents and adults. Gamida Cell's technology takes this small population of cord blood stem cells and cultures it with limited differentiation, to a size that has the potential to offer a therapeutic treatment to larger children and adults. Thus, the goal of the JV is for StemEx to significantly widen the scope of a base treatment, already common practice in children. As such, we believe, and the Agency has agreed, that our first priority in developing StemEx will be to offer the treatment to those patients with the most unmet clinical need, meaning adolescents and adults. This means, we are still on track for a 2011 market launch."

Gamida Cell is currently enrolling for the study of StemEx as an investigational treatment for adolescents (larger children) and adults with leukemia at leading cord blood transplant clinical sites in Italy, Hungary, Spain, Israel and the U.S. For more information about the study: http://www.stemexstudy.com.

About Gamida Cell

Gamida Cell Ltd. is a world leader in stem cell expansion technologies and therapeutic products. The company is developing a pipeline of products in stem cell transplantation and in tissue regeneration to effectively treat debilitating and often fatal illnesses such as cancer, hematological, autoimmune and ischemic diseases. Gamida Cell's therapeutic candidates contain populations of adult stem cells, selected from non-controversial sources such as umbilical cord blood and bone marrow, which are expanded in culture. Gamida Cell was successful in translating these proprietary expansion technologies into robust and validated manufacturing processes under GMP. Gamida Cell's flagship product, StemEx, is now being studied as a therapy for patients with blood cancers in an international pivotal trial at leading transplant centers in the U.S., Europe and Israel. StemEx has orphan drug designation in the U.S. and in Europe. Gamida Cell's current shareholders include: Elbit Imaging, Biomedical Investment, Israel Healthcare Venture, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Amgen, Denali Ventures and Auriga Ventures. For more information, please visit: http://www.gamida-cell.com.

CONTACT: Press contact: Marjie Hadad, Media Liaison/IR, Gamida Cell,
marjie@gamida-cell.com, +972-54-536-5220


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