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apceth to manufacture one-time gene therapy for transfusion-dependent β-thalassemia


08/10/2018
apceth Biopharma, a leading company for the development and manufacturing of cell and gene therapeutics, congratulates its partner bluebird bio on the acceptance and validation of its market authorization application by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). bluebird bio has applied for market authorization of its investigational LentiGlobin gene therapy for the treatment of adolescents and adults with transfusion-dependent β-thalassemia (TDT) and a non-β00 genotype.
 
“We congratulate our partner bluebird bio on this recent success”, commented Dr Christine Guenther, CEO of apceth Biopharma. “These are exciting times also for apceth, as we are now in the position to become one of the very few companies worldwide to manufacture a cell-based gene therapy for commercial use.” apceth has supported and will continue to support bluebird bio for obtaining the market authorization for LentiGlobin.
 
Following a successful long-term manufacturing relationship, apceth Biopharma and bluebird bio entered a commercial drug product manufacturing agreement in 2016. apceth Biopharma is bluebird bio’s clinical and commercial manufacturing partner for Europe not only for LentiGlobin, but also for bluebird bio’s product candidate Lenti-D for cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy.