Talaris Therapeutics Announces Initiation of Phase 2 Clinical Trial of FCR001 in Delayed Tolerance Induction

BOSTON, Oct. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Talaris Therapeutics (Nasdaq: TALS), a late-clinical stage cell therapy company developing therapies with the potential to transform the standard of care in solid organ transplantation, certain severe autoimmune diseases, and certain severe non-malignant blood, immune and metabolic disorders, today announced the initiation of the company’s Phase 2 FREEDOM-2 study. Northwestern University is the first FREEDOM-2 clinical site to have been activated and has now begun screening for eligible patients. Additional sites are expected to be activated in 2022. This trial will explore the safety and efficacy of the company’s investigational allogeneic cell therapy, FCR001, to induce immune tolerance to a transplanted kidney in patients who received the transplant from a living donor up to a year prior to administration of FCR001.

“This trial exploring the efficacy of FCR001 in the delayed tolerance setting is an important step toward potentially offering an alternative to long-term immunosuppression as the standard of care for organ transplant recipients today,” said Nancy Krieger, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Talaris. “We believe that this innovative approach could allow us to broaden the opportunity to apply this novel therapy in larger patient populations by expanding the options for previously transplanted patients whose donor is still available.”

FREEDOM-2 (NCT# NCT01649388) is a single-arm, open-label, multicenter study exploring the preliminary efficacy and evaluating the safety of FCR001, the company’s investigational allogeneic cell therapy, in living donor kidney transplant recipients 3-12 months following transplantation. The study consists of a one-time treatment administered with non-myeloablative conditioning, after which patients are followed for five years, with a primary analysis performed at 24 months.

“As a physician, I believe the possibility of inducing immune tolerance to a previously-transplanted organ would be transformative,” said Joseph R. Leventhal, M.D., Ph.D., Fowler McCormick Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and the principal investigator for the FREEDOM-2 trial. “I look forward to leading this important study and to the insights it will bring to improve patient care.”

About FCR001
FCR001 is an investigational, allogeneic cell therapy developed by Talaris Therapeutics to induce or restore patients’ immune tolerance. FCR001 builds on over 30 years of research by the company’s founder, Dr. Suzanne Ildstad, into the means by which durable immune tolerance can be induced in a patient who receives a transplanted organ or can be restored in patients with certain immune-mediated or blood disorders. FCR001 has received both Orphan Drug Designation and Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A Phase 3 trial of FCR001 in living donor kidney transplant recipients, FREEDOM-1, is now enrolling patients; more information can be found at: http://freedom1study.com/

About Talaris Therapeutics
Talaris Therapeutics, Inc. is a late-clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing investigational, one-time, allogeneic cell therapies with the potential to transform the standard of care in solid organ transplantation, certain severe autoimmune diseases, and certain severe non-malignant blood, immune and metabolic disorders. Talaris maintains corporate offices in Boston, MA, and its cell processing facility in Louisville, KY.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including, without limitation, implied and express statements regarding Talaris Therapeutics, Inc.’s (“Talaris,” the “Company,” “we,” or “our”) strategy, business plans and focus; the progress and timing of the preclinical and clinical development of Talaris’ programs, including FCR001 and expectations regarding the timing and data from the planned clinical update of FREEDOM-2. The words “may,” “might,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “seek,” “predict,” “future,” “project,” “potential,” “continue,” “target” or the negative of these terms and similar words or expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words.

Any forward-looking statements in this press release are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and important factors that may cause actual events or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements contained in this press release, including, without limitation, risks associated with: the timing and anticipated timing and results of its clinical trials, strategy and future operations, including the expected timing and results from FREEDOM-2,; the risk that the results of Talaris’ clinical trials may not be predictive of future results in connection with future clinical trials; the Company’s ability to successfully demonstrate the safety and efficacy of its drug candidates; the timing and outcome of Talaris’ planned interactions with regulatory authorities; and obtaining, maintaining and protecting its intellectual property. These and other risks and uncertainties are described in greater detail in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, as well as any subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, any forward-looking statements represent Talaris’ views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date. Talaris explicitly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements. No representations or warranties (expressed or implied) are made about the accuracy of any such forward-looking statements.

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