Cellular Biomedicine Group's ReJoin® Therapy Receives Stem Cell Drug Application Acceptance For Phase II Clinical Trials by China NMPA
SHANGHAI and NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellular Biomedicine Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBMG) ("CBMG" or the "Company"), a biopharmaceutical firm engaged in the development of immunotherapies for cancer and stem cell therapies for degenerative diseases, today announced that a drug application* for its off-the-shelf autologous adipose-derived mesenchymal progenitor cell (haMPC) ReJoin® therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis (KOA) has been accepted for a Phase II clinical trial in China.
*China NMPA (formerly CFDA) clarified Cell Therapy Regulations in December 2017 (the "Regulation") whereby all cell therapies are being treated as drug NDA/IND.
This marks CBMG's second clinical trial accepted for stem cells this year. In January 2019, the Company's off-the-shelf allogeneic adipose-derived mesenchymal progenitor cell (haMPC) AlloJoin® therapy for KOA was accepted as the first stem cell KOA drug application in China for a Phase II clinical trial since the Regulation's release.
"We are very pleased to have our second stem cell therapy accepted for a Phase II trial," said Tony (Bizuo) Liu, CEO of CBMG. "ReJoin® showed promise for the prevention of cartilage deterioration in knee osteoarthritis in our Phase I study. Our team is dedicated to researching potential options for the millions of people who suffer from knee osteoarthritis." According to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, 13% of persons aged 60 or older will have symptomatic knee osteoarthritis. Mr. Liu added, "We have already begun patient recruitment for AlloJoin® and we are excited to start our Phase II for ReJoin®. Conducting parallel autologous and allogenic clinical trials will allow us to cover the spectrum in stem cell research for KOA and will bring us closer to helping address the unmet medical needs of KOA patients in China."
CBMG's autologous adipose-derived mesenchymal progenitor cell (haMPC) ReJoin® product is an off-the-shelf stem cell therapy developed completely in-house by CBMG over the past 8 years. The entire process to manufacture ReJoin® involves many of CBMG's therapeutic and drug intellectual properties including certain proprietary trade secrets within a world-class Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) platform, which patents include methods for collecting, transporting, storing and qualitating adipose tissue, separation and purification of adipose stem (progenitor) cells, large-scale clinical grade cell production, formulations and preparations. A Phase I clinical trial for ReJoin® was completed in July 2015.
About Knee Osteoarthritis
According to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, there are 27 million Americans with Osteoarthritis (OA), and symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis (KOA) occurs in 13% of persons aged 60 and older. According to a nationwide population-based longitudinal survey among the Chinese retired population, approximately 8.1% of participants were found to suffer from symptomatic knee OA. Currently, no treatment exists that can effectively preserve knee joint cartilage or slow the progression of KOA. According to the Alternative and Integrative Medicine, 2017, 53% of KOA patients will degenerate to the point of disability. Conventional treatment usually involves invasive surgery with painful recovery and physical therapy and replacement surgeries are typically only suggested and performed on patients in the late stage of KOA.
About Cellular Biomedicine Group
Cellular Biomedicine Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBMG) develops proprietary cell therapies for the treatment of cancer and degenerative diseases. It conducts immuno-oncology and stem cell clinical trials in China using products from its integrated GMP laboratory. The Company's GMP facilities in China, consisting of twelve independent cell production lines, are designed and managed according to both China and U.S. GMP standards. Its Shanghai facility includes a "Joint Laboratory of Cell Therapy" with GE Healthcare and a "Joint Cell Therapy Technology Innovation and Application Center" with Thermo Fisher Scientific, which partnerships focus on improving manufacturing processes for cell therapies. CBMG currently has ongoing CAR-T Phase I clinical trials in China. The China NMPA (formerly CFDA) accepted the Company's IND application for a Phase II trial for AlloJoin®, CBMG's "Off-the-Shelf" allogenic haMPC therapy for the treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis (KOA), and has accepted the Company's IND application for a Phase II trial for ReJoin® autologous haMPC therapy for the treatment of KOA. CBMG is included in the broad-market Russell 3000® Index and the small-cap Russell 2000® Index, and the Loncar China BioPharma index. To learn more about CBMG, please visit www.cellbiomedgroup.com.
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Derrick C. Li
Head of Strategy and Investor Relations, CBMG
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KCSA Strategic Communications
Phone: 212-896-1254 / 212-896-1267
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