China’s ICT Looks To Build On Promising CAR-T Results
Chinese biotech Innovative Cellular Therapeutics has reported promising results for its CAR-T cell immunotherapy in a small leukemia study, and the company is now planning to expand its clinical program into new indications including solid tumors, and to explore global markets.
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