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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jasper Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: JSPR) (Jasper), a biotechnology company focused on developing novel antibody therapies targeting c-Kit (CD117) to address diseases such as chronic spontaneous urticaria and lower to intermediate risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) as well as novel stem cell transplant conditioning regimes, today announced that new follow-up data from Jasper’s investigator-sponsored study of briquilimab (formerly known as JSP191) as a conditioning agent in the treatment of Fanconi Anemia (FA) were presented in a poster presentation today at the 2023 Tandem Meetings: Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASTCT and CIBMTR taking place in Orlando, Florida.
The study is a Phase 1/2 clinical trial (NCT04784052) utilizing briquilimab to treat FA patients in bone marrow failure requiring allogeneic transplant with non-sibling donors. The objective of the study is to develop cell therapy, which enables blood and immune reconstitution in FA patients with decreased toxicity, by using briquilimab as a part of conditioning which eliminates the need for busulfan chemotherapy or total body irradiation.
In the follow-up data series presented, 100% total donor chimerism was achieved through six months for the first patient and at three months for the second patient. Neutrophil engraftment was reached on day 11 for both patients and platelet engraftment was achieved on days 14 and 9 for the first and second patient, respectively. Briquilimab was cleared by day 9 after dosing in both patients and no treatment-related adverse events or toxicities were observed. No veno-occlusive disease or graft-versus-host disease has been observed. Initial data from this study were previously presented at the annual conference of the Inborn Errors Working Party (IEWP), a research group of the European Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, in September 2022.
“It is encouraging that the first two patients in this study who received briquilimab as a core part of a non-toxic conditioning regime for stem cell transplant to treat FA are showing promising outcomes, with the first patient now at 9 months post-procedure,” said Ronald Martell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jasper. “The team at Stanford has enrolled a third patient in the trial, providing the potential for additional data in this setting later this year. This positive update adds to our confidence in briquilimab and its potential to address a variety of patient populations by targeting c-Kit expressed on stem cells and mast cells.”
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) offers a potential cure for many diseases, including FA. It is also the only proven treatment for the bone marrow failure that occurs in a majority of patients with FA. However, current allo-HSCT protocols require conditioning with genotoxic chemotherapy and/or irradiation leading to toxicities, including mucositis, end organ damage, infertility and secondary malignancies. Furthermore, allo-HSCT can also be complicated by graft-versus-host disease and serious infections. Patients with FA are particularly vulnerable to such toxicities due to their inherent inability to DNA repair defects.
The details of the poster presentation are as follows:
Abstract Title: Stanford Children’s Fanconi Anemia Clinical Trial Using JSP191 Antibody Conditioning and TCRαβ+ T-Cell/CD19+ B-Cell Depleted Grafts
Author: Rajni Agarwal-Hashmi, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Stem Cell Transplantation, the Stanford University School of Medicine
Abstract #: 211 (poster presentation)
Jasper thanks its Stanford collaborators, The Center for Definitive and Curative Medicine and investigators Dr. Rajni Agarwal, Dr. Agnieszka Czechowicz and Dr. Alice Bertaina, in testing briquilimab safety and efficacy in the allo-HSCT setting in the vulnerable FA patient population.
About Fanconi Anemia
Fanconi Anemia (FA) is a rare but serious blood disorder that prevents the bone marrow from making sufficient new red blood cells. The disorder can also cause the bone marrow to make abnormal blood cells. FA typically presents at birth or early in childhood between five and ten years of age. Ultimately, it can lead to serious complications, including bone marrow failure and severe aplastic anemia. Cancers such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are other possible complications. Treatment may include blood transfusions or medicine to create more red blood cells, but a hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) is currently the only cure.
Jasper is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing briquilimab, a monoclonal antibody targeting c-Kit (CD117) as a therapeutic for chronic mast and stem cell diseases such as chronic urticaria and lower to intermediate risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and as a conditioning agent for stem cell transplants for rare diseases such as sickle cell disease (SCD), Fanconi anemia (FA) and severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). To date, briquilimab has a demonstrated efficacy and safety profile in over 130 dosed subjects and healthy volunteers, with clinical outcomes as a conditioning agent in SCID, acute myeloid leukemia (AML), MDS, FA, and SCD. In addition, briquilimab is being advanced as a transformational non-genotoxic conditioning agent for gene therapy. For more information, please visit us at www.jaspertherapeutics.com.
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