China’s NMPA has approved JW Therapeutics Co. Ltd.’s relmacabtagene autoleucel, an autologous chimeric antigen receptor T (CAR T) therapy for the treatment of adults with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma (r/r LBCL) after two or more lines of systemic therapy. It marks the first CAR T product to be independently developed in China and approved as a category I biologic product there, as well as the sixth approved CAR T product globally. The anti-CD19 therapy, sometimes called relma-cel, will be marketed as Carteyva.
An update from China’s NMPA clarifying registration requirements and classification methods for drug-device combination products has been welcomed by industry as the regulator seeks to keep pace with fast-moving developments in the sector.
China’s NMPA has given Belief Biomed Inc. the official go-ahead to start testing its investigational gene therapy, BBM-H901, for the potential treatment of hemophilia B in the country, marking the first time an I.V. gene therapy for a rare disease has been approved in China. The company plans to advance the phase I/II trial for the candidate shortly, it said.
Sinocelltech Group Ltd. won market approval from China’s NMPA for SCT-800, a B-domain deleted recombinant human coagulation factor VIII, for the prophylactic treatment of severe hemophilia A in adolescent and adult patients. This marks the first homegrown drug for treating hemophilia A in China.
China’s NMPA gave conditional approval to Henan Sincere Biotech Co. Ltd.’s dual-targeting, oral HIV drug, azvudine, to treat HIV-1-infected adult patients with high viral loads. Azvudine could challenge lamivudine, a drug extensively used for treating HIV infection.
China’s Center for Drug Evaluation has released the guideline on developing oncology drugs with a clinical value-oriented approach, part of its ongoing efforts to encourage the development of truly innovative oncology drugs in China.
The China NMPA’s Center for Drug Evaluation accepted Lepu Biopharma Co. Ltd.’s new drug application (NDA) for anti-PD-1 antibody candidate HX-008 (pucotenlimab). That comes after the company filed for an IPO in Hong Kong.