ORLANDO, Fla. – The world’s biggest and certainly most lavish hematology gathering, the 61st American Society of Hematology conference, just ended in Orlando, having brought 30,024 people from 25 countries to glory in Florida sunshine, if they got outside, but mostly to bask in the discipline’s most up-to-the-minute data. The amount of research was staggering, with 5,978 abstracts available for review. Key themes included work aimed at overcoming obstacles to CAR T therapy, new progress in preventing and treating venous thromboembolism, moves to address health care disparities and new developments in the care of sickle cell diseases. Late-breakers highlighted new data on Blincyto (blinatumomab, Amgen Inc.), Sanofi SA's sutimlimab, azacitidine and Darzalex (daratumumab, Janssen Biotech Inc.).
ORLANDO, Fla. – As the enormous American Society of Hematology annual meeting wound down Tuesday, the Janssen Pharmaceutical Cos. of Johnson & Johnson released phase III data showing that adding Darzalex (daratumumab) to carfilzomib (Kyprolis from Amgen Inc.) and dexamethasone (DKd), compared to carfilzomib and dexamethasone (Kd) alone, significantly improved progression-free survival in patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma.
ORLANDO, Fla. – At the 61st American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting late-breaking abstracts session on Tuesday, researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital reported that three adult patients who had received an autologous transplant of gene-edited hematopoietic stem cells lacking BCL11A produced high levels of functional hemoglobin and had reduced disease symptoms for at least eight months after transplantation.
ORLANDO, Fla. – Two preclinical presentations at the 61st American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting could pave the way for using hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT) in patients who are currently too sick to tolerate the procedure, as well as in indications where its toxicities preclude its use.
ORLANDO, Fla. – New research on sutimlimab, an investigational complement pathway inhibitor under development by Sanofi SA's Bioverativ unit, showed substantial benefits for people with the rare autoimmune disorder cold agglutinin disease (CAD).
ORLANDO, Fla. – Data from two studies from Forty Seven Inc. announced at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting moved the market in a major way Monday as the company stock (NASDAQ:FTSV) soared 111% to close at $30.43, up $15.99.
Arqule Inc. CEO Paolo Pucci said the firm was “limited in what we can comment [on] for the time being” in connection with Merck & Co. Inc.’s deal to pay about $2.7 billion in cash for the company. “There is no better model for bringing a drug faster into the hands of patients and caregivers than the example of Keytruda. I will leave it at that.” Merck’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab), a human PD-1-blocking antibody was first approved in September 2014 for advanced melanoma. The label has been widely expanded since.
ORLANDO, Fla. – Preliminary data from a phase II test of Constellation Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s CPI-0610 in patients with myelofibrosis (MF), previewed to market adulation in November, got a full airing Monday at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting.
ORLANDO, Fla. – Not long past the opening of the American Society of Hematology’s (ASH) massive annual conference, Janssen Biotech Inc. released upbeat follow-up survivability data on Imbruvica (ibrutinib) from two studies and an integrated analysis evaluating Imbruvica in previously untreated patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL).