The Emerging CAR-T Therapies Are Brilliant But Appear Challenging When Trying To Reach A Large Population Of Patients. What Is The Prognosis Of Alternatives Such As Allogenic CAR-T Becoming Mainstream?

Source: Life Science Leader
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A: OFF-THE-SHELF (ALLOGENEIC) CELL THERAPIES HOLD THE PROMISE OF GREATLY INCREASING PATIENT ACCESS TO THESE LIFE-CHANGING MEDICINES. However, they are complex, and their effectiveness remains to be demonstrated in the clinic. The approved autologous CD19 CAR-T products have set a high bar, and we are making progress in the development of allogeneic cell therapies. I believe they are the future of the field but will continue to be reserved for severe diseases where simpler therapeutic options are not applicable. I expect that, at least in the short term, the focus will be on developing allogeneic versions of successful autologous CAR-T therapies, rather than developing novel allogeneic CAR-T candidates from scratch.

SANDY MACRAE, M.B., CH.B., PH.D., is President and CEO of Sangamo Therapeutics.