Thoughts on Gilead’s Recent FDA Approval for Tecartus (KTE-X19) in R/R Mantle Cell Lymphoma

On Friday, July 24, Gilead announced (press release) FDA accelerated approval of Tecartus (brexucabtagene autoleucel, formerly KTE-X19), the first and only CAR-T treatment for r/r mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). Priority review for Tecartus was based on results from the Ph2 ZUMA-2 trial; a single-arm, open-label study in which 87% of patients responded, with a 62% CR rate. Below, Celltelligence provides manufacturing insights between Yescarta/Tecartus, and how Gilead’s onboarding policy may influence competitors’ future roll-out of additional CAR-T products.

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