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bluebird bio to Present Updated Clinical Results from Novel Anti-BCMA CAR T Cell Therapy bb2121 at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting

–Presentation will include safety and efficacy data from 18 patients with up to 12 months of follow-up–

–Company to host event with live webcast, Monday, June 5, 6:30 p.m. CT–

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 17, 2017-- bluebird bio, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLUE), a clinical-stage company committed to developing potentially transformative gene therapies for severe genetic diseases and T cell-based immunotherapies for cancer, announced that updated interim data from its study of bb2121, the company’s anti-BCMA CAR T cell therapy will be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. bb2121 is currently being studied in a Phase 1 trial in patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma.

“This past November we presented the initial clinical data from the first three dosing cohorts in this ongoing Phase 1 study of bb2121 in patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma. At ASCO in June, we look forward to presenting data on those same patients with longer follow-up, as well as safety and efficacy data on an additional 9 patients treated subsequently.” said David Davidson, M.D., chief medical officer, bluebird bio. “These data will advance our understanding of the bb2121 risk-benefit profile and inform planning with our partners at Celgene for the dose expansion cohort of this study, and the design of a potential pivotal study.”

First-in-Human Multicenter Study of bb2121 anti-BCMA CAR T Cell Therapy for Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma: Updated Results (Abstract #3010).

Presenter: Jesus G. Berdeja, M.D., Sarah Cannon Research Institute and Tennessee Oncology, Nashville, TN
Date: Monday, June 5, 2017, 4:45-6:00 pm CT (poster discussion); 8:00-11:30 am CT
Location: Hall D1
Session Title: Poster Discussion Session: Developmental Therapeutics—Immunotherapy

The event and live webcast will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT (7:30 p.m. ET) on Monday, June 5. To access the live webcast, please visit the “Events & Presentations” page within the Investors and Media section of the bluebird bio website at Replays of the webcast will be available on the bluebird bio website for 90 days following the event.

About bluebird bio, Inc.
With its lentiviral-based gene therapies, T cell immunotherapy expertise and gene editing capabilities, bluebird bio has built an integrated product platform with broad potential application to severe genetic diseases and cancer. bluebird bio’s gene therapy clinical programs include its Lenti-D™ product candidate, currently in a Phase 2/3 study, called the Starbeam Study, for the treatment of cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy, and its LentiGlobin™ product candidate, currently in four clinical studies for the treatment of transfusion-dependent β-thalassemia, and severe sickle cell disease. bluebird bio’s oncology pipeline is built upon the company’s leadership in lentiviral gene delivery and T cell engineering, with a focus on developing novel T cell-based immunotherapies, including chimeric antigen receptor (CAR T) and T cell receptor (TCR) therapies. bluebird bio’s lead oncology program, bb2121, is an anti-BCMA CAR T program partnered with Celgene. bb2121 is currently being studied in a Phase 1 trial for the treatment of relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma. bluebird bio also has discovery research programs utilizing megaTAL/homing endonuclease gene editing technologies with the potential for use across the company’s pipeline.

bluebird bio has operations in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Seattle, Washington and Europe.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the Company’s bb2121 product candidate to treat relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma. Any forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations of future events and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk that our bb2121 product candidate will not be successfully developed, approved or commercialized. For a discussion of other risks and uncertainties, and other important factors, any of which could cause our actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our most recent Form 10-Q, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties, and other important factors in our subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information in this press release is as of the date of the release, and bluebird bio undertakes no duty to update this information unless required by law.

Source: bluebird bio, Inc.

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