BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gamida Cell Ltd. (Nasdaq: GMDA), the leader in the development of NAM-enabled cell therapy candidates for patients with hematologic and solid cancers and other serious diseases, today announced completion of the rolling Biologics License Application (BLA) submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for omidubicel for the treatment of patients with blood cancers in need of an allogenic hematopoietic stem cell transplant.
“The BLA submission marks an important milestone for both Gamida and the transplant community, as omidubicel has the potential to be the first approved advanced cell therapy product for allogeneic stem cell transplantation,” said Julian Adams, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Gamida Cell. “Completion of this BLA submission is a key inflection point in our mission to deliver a new treatment option for patients with blood cancers. We look forward to working closely with the FDA to bring this potentially important therapy to patients.”
The FDA has 60 days to determine whether the BLA for omidubicel is acceptable for filing. The omidubicel BLA is supported by the statistically significant results from Gamida Cell’s pivotal Phase 3 study, the results of which were published in Blood, the official journal of the American Society of Hematology. For the study’s primary endpoint, the median time to neutrophil engraftment in patients with hematologic malignancies undergoing allogeneic bone marrow transplant receiving omidubicel compared to standard umbilical cord blood (UCB), the median time to neutrophil engraftment was 12 days for patients randomized to omidubicel compared to 22 days for the comparator group (p < 0.001).
In key secondary endpoints of this Phase 3 study: platelet engraftment was significantly accelerated [55 percent of patients randomized to omidubicel achieving platelet engraftment by day 42, compared to 35 percent for the comparator (p = 0.028)]; the rate of infection was significantly reduced [cumulative incidence of first grade 2 or grade 3 bacterial or invasive fungal infection for patients randomized to omidubicel of 37 percent, compared to 57 percent for the comparator (p = 0.03)]; and hospitalization in the first 100 days after transplant was significantly reduced [median number of days alive and out of hospital for patients randomized to omidubicel of 61 days, compared to 48 days for the comparator (p = 0.005)]. Omidubicel was generally well tolerated in the Phase 3 study.