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Manufacture Advanced Medicine, Drug Discovery

The TCRs Are Coming

In 2017, the industry shook with excitement at the news that the first CAR-T therapy, Kymriah, was approved for use by the FDA. The industry’s elation didn’t quieten quickly, as the approval of Yescarta came hot on its tails. But with time and room to think about the next step of the industry’s immunotherapy journey, many are beginning to consider how we can fine-tune treatments to better target solid tumors. 

The recent clinical success seen in the CAR-T therapy space exemplifies the leaps in progress being made in the field, but such success has only been seen in a small number of tumor types. The selectivity of CAR-Ts for both tumor and normal cells also raises questions about whether they can (or will) adequately address cancer types beyond hematological malignancies, where tumor penetration is required.

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About the Author

Miguel Forte

Miguel Forte is Chief Executive Officer, Zelluna Immunotherapy and Chief Commercialization Officer and Chair of Commercialization Committee, International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy (ISCT).

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