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Rocket Pharmaceuticals Receives EMA Priority Medicines (PRIME) Designation for RP-L201 Gene Therapy for Treatment of Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency-I
Mar 29, 2021
— PRIME Designation to Facilitate Greater EMA Collaboration for Development and Potential Accelerated Regulatory Review in
— LAD-I Program Now Holds All Available Accelerated Regulatory Designations in the
“We are delighted that the EMA has awarded PRIME designation to RP-L201 for the treatment of LAD-I. PRIME completes the full complement of
The PRIME program aims to optimize development plans and speed up evaluation of medicines that may offer a major therapeutic advantage over existing treatments or benefit patients without treatment options. These medicines are considered priority medicines by the EMA and are intended to reach patients earlier. To be accepted for PRIME, a medicine has to show its potential to benefit patients with unmet medical needs based on early clinical data.
The ongoing, non-randomized, open-label Phase 1/2 study of RP-L201 recently completed enrollment. It is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of lentiviral vector (LVV)-based RP-L201 in pediatric patients with severe LAD-I, as defined by CD18 expression of less than 2%. Data from the study presented at the 62nd
Further information about the RP-L201 clinical program is available here.
RP-L201 is a gene therapy containing autologous (patient-derived) hematopoietic stem cells. The cells are genetically modified with a LVV to contain a functional copy of the ITGB2 gene to treat LAD-I. Rocket holds FDA Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy, Rare Pediatric, and Fast Track designations in the
About Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency-I
Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency-I (LAD-I) is a rare, autosomal recessive pediatric disease caused by mutations in the ITGB2 gene encoding for the beta-2 integrin component CD18. CD18 is a key protein that facilitates leukocyte adhesion and extravasation from blood vessels to combat infections. As a result, children with severe LAD-I are often affected immediately after birth. During infancy, they suffer from recurrent life-threatening bacterial and fungal infections that respond poorly to antibiotics and require frequent hospitalizations. Children who survive infancy experience recurrent severe infections including pneumonia, gingival ulcers, necrotic skin ulcers, and septicemia. Without a successful bone marrow transplant, mortality in patients with severe LAD-I is 60-75% prior to the age of 2 and survival beyond the age of 5 is uncommon. There is a high unmet medical need for patients with severe LAD-I.
Rocket’s LAD-I research is made possible by a grant from the
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