Poseida, Legend/Janssen Look To Snag Celgene/Bluebird's BCMA Crown
Poseida and Legend/Janssen aim to develop CAR-T therapies with improved efficacy and safety, and both programs delivered updates at ASH for BCMA-targeting CAR-T candidates in multiple myeloma that could challenge Celgene/bluebird's lead in this field.
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