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The next step in the two-part study is enrollment of the 82 patient Pivotal cohort to assess the safety and antitumor efficacy of Tessa’s autologous CD30 CAR-T in R/R cHL, which is planned to commence in 2H 2021.

“Tessa’s CD30 CAR-Ts previously demonstrated excellent safety and efficacy in heavily pre-treated R/R cHL patients across two independent Phase 1/2 studies. It is exciting to see the rapid enrollment of the Pilot cohort, and we look forward to working with Tessa in the pivotal cohort of this trial. There is a high unmet need for effective treatments in R/R cHL and we are pleased to be able to advance this novel CD30 directed CAR-T cell therapy for our patients,” said Sairah Ahmed, M.D., Associate Professor, The University of Texas MD Anderson, Cancer Center.

CD30 is a well validated lymphoma target with homogeneous expression in 98% of classical Hodgkin Lymphoma (cHL) and a significant proportion of subsets of non-Hodgkin Lymphomas. Tessa’s technology modifies the patient’s T-cells by introducing a CD30 directed Chimeric Antigen Receptor, or CAR, to target and kill cHL. Tessa’s CD30 CAR-T therapy, previously induced a Complete Response in 59% of heavily pretreated R/R cHL patients, with no instance of neurotoxicity or grade 3 Cytokine release syndrome (CRS) (and published in Journal of Clinical Oncology. Tessa’s therapy was granted Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and PRIority MEdicines (PRIME) designation by European Medicines Agency.

“The speed of enrollment of our 12 patient Pilot cohort, in less than 3 months, is testament to the strong physician and patient interest in our CD30 CAR-T therapy, and further endorses the clinical data generated under the dual Phase 1/2 studies. This marks a critical milestone as Tessa gears up to commence our Pivotal cohort in second half of the year,” said Jeffrey H. Buchalter, President and CEO of Tessa Therapeutics. “We believe that Tessa’s CD30 CAR-T therapy, with its promising efficacy and excellent safety profile, addresses current gaps in the treatment of cHL, and has the potential to rapidly move to earlier lines of therapy.”

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