Coronavirus vaccines are known to be less protective in people with the blood cancer multiple myeloma, such as former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, who died on Oct. 18 of complications from Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated. Additionally, in a paper in the journal Stem Cell Reports, researchers said numerous businesses have made unsubstantiated and inaccurate claims about supposed stem cell products to treat Covid-19.

Pfizer is buying Toronto and Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Trillium Therapeutics in a deal worth $2.26 billion. Trillium focuses on developing a new set of checkpoint inhibitors to treat cancer.

The European Commission granted Conditional Marketing Authorization for Bristol Myers Squibb’s Abecma (idecabtagene vicleucel; ide-cel) – a first-in-class B-cell maturation antigen-directed chimeric antigen receptor T cell immunotherapy – for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma who have received at least three prior therapies, including an immunomodulatory agent, a proteasome inhibitor and an anti-CD38 antibody and have demonstrated disease progression on the last therapy.

AbbVie exercised an exclusive right to acquire TeneoOne, an affiliate of TeneoBio, and the company’s lead asset TNB-383B for relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma (R/R MM). 

Med Ad News talked to Wendbush Securities analysts David Nierengarten, Laura Chico, and Liana Moussatos about various new drug approvals and other recent news updates in the industry. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration accepted for priority review the Biologics License Application submitted by Janssen Biotech Inc. for ciltacabtagene autoleucel (cilta-cel). The investigational B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA)-directed chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) therapy is intended for the treatment of patients with relapsed and/or refractory multiple myeloma (MM).

Less than a month after submitting an Investigational New Drug (IND) application, Anixa Biosciences ran into a snag with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the government agency asked for more information before approving a clinical study on the company’s Chimeric Antigen Receptor-T cell therapy (CAR-T).

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Sarclisa (isatuximab-irfc) in combination with carfilzomib and dexamethasone, for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM) who have received one to three prior lines of therapy.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Bristol Myers Squibb’s and bluebird bio’s Abecma (idecabtagene vicleucel) as the first anti-BCMA CAR T cell therapy for relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Oncopeptides AB’s Pepaxto (melphalan flufenamide) in combination with dexamethasone for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who have received at least four prior lines of therapy and whose disease is refractory to at least one proteasome inhibitor, one immunomodulatory agent, and one CD38-directed monoclonal antibody.