Jun 22, 2021
New Cell Therapy Facility in Belgium Establishes Manufacturing Presence in the European Union
New facility builds upon Legend Biotech’s collaboration with Janssen to advance the manufacturing of investigational CAR-T therapy ciltacabtagene autoleucel (cilta-cel), being developed for the treatment of multiple myeloma.
SOMERSET, N.J.— June 22, 2021— Legend Biotech Corporation (Legend Biotech, NASDAQ: LEGN), a global clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of novel cell therapies for oncology and other indications, announced the establishment of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Belgium, as part of a joint investment with Janssen Pharmaceutica NV (Janssen), to expand global manufacturing capacity of innovative cellular therapies.
Legend has a collaboration and license agreement with Janssen Biotech, Inc. to develop and commercialize cilta-cel, an investigational CAR-T therapy currently under review by several health authorities around the world including the United States and Europe for the treatment of patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma.
“The new location in Belgium is an ideal choice for Legend to launch our European manufacturing presence allowing us to tap into the area’s vast talent pool and leverage the strong Belgian life sciences ecosystem,” said Liz Gosen, Senior Vice President, Global Technical Operations. “We are excited to expand our existing robust manufacturing network to support the production and delivery of cilta-cel for patients across the globe.”
This facility adds to Legend’s existing manufacturing facilities and presence in Nanjing, China and in Raritan and Somerset, N.J., U.S. The facility is anticipated to be operational by 2023.
About Legend Biotech
Legend Biotech is a global clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of novel cell therapies for oncology and other indications. Our team of over 900 employees across the United States, China and Europe, along with our differentiated technology, global development, and manufacturing strategies and expertise, provide us with the strong potential to discover, develop, and manufacture best-in-class cell therapies for patients in need. We are engaged in a strategic collaboration to develop and commercialize our lead product candidate, cilta-cel, an investigational BCMA-targeted CAR-T cell therapy for patients living with multiple myeloma. This candidate is currently being studied in registrational clinical trials.
About Ciltacabtagene autoleucel (cilta-cel)
Cilta-cel is an investigational chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) therapy that is being studied in a comprehensive clinical development program for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma. Cilta cel is a differentiated CAR-T therapy with two BCMA-targeting single domain antibodies. In December 2017, Legend Biotech, Inc. entered into an exclusive worldwide license and collaboration agreement with Janssen Biotech, Inc. to develop and commercialize cilta-cel. In addition to a Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) granted in the U.S. in December 2019, cilta-cel received a BTD in China in August 2020. Orphan Drug Designation was granted for cilta-cel by the U.S. FDA in February 2019, and by the European Commission in February 2020. Applications seeking approval of cilta-cel for the treatment of patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma are currently under regulatory review by several health authorities around the world including the United States and Europe.
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