ASH Ends With Consistent Kite CAR-T Data, Some Hope For Juno
Kite reported interim results for KTE-C19 from the ZUMA-1 study that showed efficacy consistent with earlier results without the deaths from neurotoxicity that have plagued Juno, but Juno’s latest CAR-T offering may carry fewer safety concerns.
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