“We are treating a sickle cell patient for the first time with gene
therapy,” stated Marina Cavazzana, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine at
“Sickle cell disease shortens life expectancy by decades even in
developed countries, so it is exciting to contemplate that LentiGlobin
may offer the curative potential of allogeneic stem cell transplantation
by using a patient’s own cells,” stated
About the HGB-205 Study
The phase 1/2 study is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of LentiGlobin BB305 drug product in the treatment of subjects with beta-thalassemia major and severe sickle cell disease. The study is designed to enroll up to seven subjects. Subjects will be followed to evaluate safety and transfusion requirements post-transplant. In sickle cell disease patients, efficacy will also be measured based on the frequency of vaso-occlusive crises or acute chest syndrome events.
For more information on the HGB-205 Study, please visit www.clinicaltrials.gov using identifier NCT02151526.
About the HGB-206 Study
The phase 1 study is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of LentiGlobin BB305 drug product in the treatment of subjects with severe sickle cell disease. The study is designed to enroll up to eight subjects. Subjects will be followed to evaluate safety and efficacy will be measured based on changes in red cell function tests, hemolysis markers and frequency of clinical events secondary to sickle cell disease (e.g. vaso-occlusive crises or acute chest syndrome events).
For more information on the HGB-206 Study, please visit www.clinicaltrials.gov using identifier NCT02140554.
About sickle cell disease
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a hereditary blood disorder resulting from a mutation in the beta globin gene that causes polymerization of hemoglobin proteins and abnormal red blood cell function. The symptoms of SCD include anemia, vaso-occlusive crises and strokes. The global incidence of SCD is estimated to be 250,000 to 300,000 births annually, and the global prevalence of the disease is estimated to be about 20 to 25 million.
About bluebird bio, Inc.
bluebird bio is a clinical-stage company committed to developing potentially transformative gene therapies for severe genetic and orphan diseases. bluebird bio has two clinical-stage programs in development. The most advanced product candidate, Lenti-D, is in a recently-initiated phase 2/3 study, the Starbeam Study, for the treatment of childhood cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy (CCALD), a rare, hereditary neurological disorder affecting young boys. The next most advanced product candidate, LentiGlobin, is currently in two phase 1/2 studies, one in the US (the Northstar Study) and one in
bluebird bio also has an early-stage chimeric antigen receptor-modified
T cell (CAR-T) program for oncology in collaboration with
bluebird bio has operations in
This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the potential efficacy and safety of the Company’s LentiGlobin BB305 product candidate, the Company’s plans with respect to LentiGlobin and its other product candidates and anticipated clinical and business milestones and announcements for 2015. In addition it should be noted that the data for LentiGlobin announced from the HGB-205 study in patients with beta-thalassemia major are preliminary in nature and the HGB-205 trial is not completed. These data may not continue for these subjects or be repeated or observed in ongoing or future studies involving our LentiGlobin product candidate, including the HGB-205 Study, the Northstar Study or the HGB-206 study in severe SCD. 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 of cessation or delay of any of the ongoing or planned clinical studies and/or our development of our product candidates, the risk of a delay in the enrollment of patients in the Company’s clinical studies, the risk that the results of previously conducted studies involving similar product candidates will not be repeated or observed in ongoing or future studies involving current product candidates, the risk that our collaboration with
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