AlloVir, Inc. (ALVR)
First Day Turnover2.5%
We are a leading late clinical-stage cell therapy company developing highly innovative allogeneic T cell therapies to treat and prevent devastating viral diseases. Our innovative and proprietary virus-specific T cell, or VST, therapy platform allows us to generate off-the-shelf VSTs designed to restore immunity in patients with T cell deficiencies who are at risk from the life-threatening consequences of viral diseases. There is an urgent medical need for therapies to treat a large number of patients suffering from viral diseases who currently have limited or no treatment options. To date, we have generated five innovative, allogeneic, off-the-shelf VST therapy candidates targeting 12 different devastating viruses, the most advanced of which has successfully completed a proof-of-concept trial across five viruses and is entering initial pivotal trials for the treatment of virus-associated hemorrhagic cystitis in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Our lead product candidate, Viralym-M, is a multi-VST therapy targeting five viruses: BK virus, or BKV, cytomegalovirus, or CMV, adenovirus, or AdV, Epstein-Barr virus, or EBV, and human herpesvirus 6, or HHV-6. We are initially focusing the development of Viralym-M in immunocompromised allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant, or HSCT, and solid organ transplant, or SOT, patients who are at high risk for life-threatening viral infections from the five viruses targeted by Viralym-M. In our Phase 2 proof-of-concept trial in 58 allogeneic HSCT patients with one or more treatment-refractory infections who were treated with Viralym-M, 93% achieved a clinical response.
Viralym-M has the potential to fundamentally transform the treatment landscape for transplant patients by substantially reducing or preventing disease morbidity and mortality, thereby dramatically improving patient outcomes. To fully explore the clinical benefit of Viralym-M, we plan to initiate a total of three Phase 3 pivotal and three Phase 2 proof-of-concept trials in 2020 and 2021 for the treatment and prevention of life-threatening viral diseases in pediatric and/or adult patients, each representing a potential meaningful commercial opportunity.
Based on the data generated from our Phase 2 proof-of-concept trial and the critical medical need, Viralym-M has been granted PRIority MEdicines, or PRIME, designation by the European Medicines Agency, or the EMA, for the treatment of serious infections caused by its five targeted viruses in HSCT patients. Moreover, Viralym-M was granted a Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy, or RMAT, designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or the FDA, for the treatment of hemorrhagic cystitis, or HC, caused by BKV in adults and children following allogeneic HSCT. To date, Viralym-M is one of only seven investigational therapies to receive both PRIME and RMAT designations. While these designations may not lead to a faster development process and do not increase the likelihood that a product candidate will receive approval from the FDA or EMA, we expect that PRIME and RMAT designations will result in increased EMA and FDA interactions to support our development efforts and may enable an expedited regulatory review process. In addition, the EMA’s Committee for Orphan Medical Products granted orphan medicinal product designation to Viralym-M for all five targeted viruses in HSCT patients.
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