Bispecifics Could Be A Threat To CAR-Ts, But Efficacy May Trump Convenience
T-cell-engaging bispecific antibodies emerged at ASH as viable competitors for autologous T-cell therapies, but while their off-the-shelf availability is intriguing, it may be too early to say if their safety and efficacy beats CAR-Ts.
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From the CD20-directed bispecific antibody studies presented at ASH, the risk and severity of cytokine release syndrome is being viewed as a way to determine whether the bispecifics will be used before, after or instead of CAR-Ts.
Bristol became a major hematology player through its acquisition of Celgene and it has a multi-pronged plan for maintaining its position as generics approach for Revlimid and other key products.
Novartis hopes a CAR-T with rapid manufacturing will be a winner, while novel bispecific antibodies in lymphoma and myeloma will make appearances, along with next-generation PI3K and BTK inhibitors.