- JSP191 is currently being evaluated in four ongoing clinical studies in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant in patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) / Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), SCID, Fanconi anemia and Sickle Cell Disease
- On track to initiate a new study of JSP191 as a therapeutic in second-line therapy for patients with lower-risk MDS later this year
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jasper Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: JSPR), a biotechnology company focused on developing multiple new therapies for the field of stem and cellular medicine, today announced that JSP191, an anti-CD117 monoclonal antibody, has received fast track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of patients with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant. To date, JSP191 has been studied in 14 SCID patients in an ongoing multicenter clinical trial with clinical outcome data presented at academic medical conferences.
“Patients born with SCID have a severely compromised immune system and need to rely on an allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant to create the immune cells needed to fight infection,” said Ronald Martell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jasper Therapeutics. “Unfortunately many patients are too fragile to tolerate the toxic chemotherapy doses typically used in transplant, and may suffer severe side effects or fail transplant. Along with the FDA’s previous designations of Orphan and Rare Pediatric Disease for JSP191, this new Fast Track designation recognizes the potential role of JSP191 in improving clinical outcomes for these patients and will allow us to more closely work with the FDA in the upcoming months to determine a path toward a Biologics License Application (BLA) submission.”
The FDA’s Fast Track designation is a process designed to facilitate the development, and expedite the review of drugs to treat serious conditions and fill unmet medical needs. The purpose is to accelerate the development of important new drugs for patients. Drugs granted Fast Track designation are eligible for more frequent meetings with the FDA to discuss the drug’s development plan and ensure the collection of appropriate data needed to support approval, as well as eligibility for Accelerated Approval, Priority Review and Rolling Review if relevant criteria are met.
JSP191 is a humanized monoclonal antibody that blocks stem cell factor receptor signaling leading to the clearance of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells from the bone marrow. JSP191 is in clinical development as a stem cell transplant conditioning agent where it helps create an empty space for donor or gene-corrected transplanted stem cells to engraft. While hematopoietic cell transplantation can be curative for patients, its use is limited because standard high-dose myeloablative conditioning is associated with severe toxicities and standard low-dose conditioning has limited efficacy. To date, JSP191 has been evaluated in more than 110 healthy volunteers and patients. Four clinical trials for myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)/ acute myeloid leukemia (AML), severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), Fanconi anemia (FA) and Sickle Cell Disease undergoing allogeneic transplant are currently ongoing. JSP191 is also planned to enter clinical development as a second-line therapeutic in transfusion-dependent, lower-risk MDS patients to preferentially drive recovery of healthy hematopoietic stem cells in order to help restore normal hematopoiesis.
About Jasper Therapeutics
Jasper Therapeutics is a biotechnology company focused on the development of novel curative therapies based on the biology of the hematopoietic stem cell. The company is advancing two potentially groundbreaking programs. JSP191, an anti-CD117 monoclonal antibody, is in clinical development as a conditioning agent that clears hematopoietic stem cells from bone marrow in patients undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation. It is designed to enable safer and more effective curative allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplants and gene therapies. Clinical study of JSP191 as a novel, disease-modifying, therapeutic for patients with lower risk MDS is also planned to begin in 2022. In parallel, Jasper Therapeutics is advancing its preclinical mRNA hematopoietic stem cell grafts platform, which is designed to overcome key limitations of allogeneic and autologous gene-edited stem cell grafts. Both innovative programs have the potential to transform the field and expand hematopoietic stem cell therapy cures to a greater number of patients with life-threatening cancers, genetic diseases and autoimmune diseases than is possible today. For more information, please visit us at jaspertherapeutics.com.
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John Mullaly (investors)
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