Lonza and Sheba Medical Centre Use Cocoon® Platform and Show Successful Clinical Outcomes in Patients Treated with CAR-T Cell Immunotherapy

Four patients have been successfully dosed at Sheba Medical Center, Israel, with a CD19 autologous CAR-T cell therapy using Lonza’s Cocoon® automated manufacturing Platform

•             The data underscores the capability of Cocoon® to successfully manufacture immunotherapies at the point-of-care

•             Three patients had complete responses, with another patient still under evaluation

•             Four patients have been successfully dosed at Sheba Medical Center, Israel, with a CD19 autologous CAR-T cell therapy using Lonza’s Cocoon® automated manufacturing Platform

•             The data underscores the capability of Cocoon® to successfully manufacture immunotherapies at the point-of-care

•             Three patients had complete responses, with another patient still under evaluation

Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, the largest hospital in the Middle East region, and Lonza, a leading global cell and gene therapy manufacturer, announced today that they have treated multiple patients with CD19 CAR-T cell immunotherapy targeting B-cell malignancies. Three patients have shown complete responses, and another patient is still being evaluated.

All patients were dosed with therapies manufactured in Lonza’s Cocoon® Platform, an automated, customizable, patient-scale cell therapy platform that streamlines manufacturing to improve process efficiency and reliability.

Eytan Abraham Ph.D, Head of Personalized Medicine, Lonza, commented:

“We have been successfully manufacturing Sheba’s CD19 CAR-T therapy in the Cocoon® Platform and observing positive clinical outcomes, which is exciting and promising. We are proving that the Cocoon® Platform can be used to replace open, manual manufacturing processes which are in most cases expensive and difficult to scale. The Cocoon® Platform is showing significant advantages when used for centralized, decentralized, and point-of-care manufacturing. We continue to gain traction in the market, with the aim of revolutionizing the production of patient-scale cell therapy and making these lifesaving therapies available to more patients in need.”

Professor Dror Harats, Deputy Director for Research and Development and Acting Director for Clinical Trials, Sheba Medical Center, added:

“This unique effort initiated between a leading biotechnology company and Sheba is a prime example of how we are dealing with today’s and tomorrow’s medicine. The collaborative relationship between innovative medical technologies and medicine enables leading hospitals such as Sheba to create breakthrough personalized medical treatments that are amongst the best within the world of biomed.”

The collaboration between Sheba Medical Center and Lonza was announced in 2019, with the goal of translating Sheba’s manual process to the Cocoon® Platform. The process aims to decrease manufacturing costs, reduce footprint, lower the risk of manufacturing failures and minimize turnaround time. Sheba’s process was successfully translated into the Cocoon® Platform in 2020, with the first patient dosed with CD19 CAR-T cell immunotherapy during the second half of 2020, following a successful clinical comparability study.

The data demonstrates the Cocoon® Platform’s flexibility and capability to manufacture immunotherapies, compared with manual processes. As there are several commercially available CAR-T cell therapies that are approved in Israel, patients treated in the current trial are only eligible if they do not qualify for these therapies. As such, there is limited patient availability and these patients often present difficult cases. Lonza and Sheba Medical Center plan to dose additional patients using the Cocoon® Platform for manufacturing. The Cocoon® Platform is commercially available and gaining global traction as the go-to manufacturing platform for patient-scale cell therapies.

Lonza is the preferred global partner to the pharmaceutical, biotech and nutrition markets. We work to enable a healthier world by supporting our customers to deliver new and innovative medicines that help treat a wide range of diseases. We achieve this by combining technological insight with world-class manufacturing, scientific expertise and process excellence. Our unparalleled breadth of offerings enables our customers to commercialize their discoveries and innovations in the healthcare sector.

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Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer is the largest and most comprehensive medical center in Israel and the Middle East. Sheba is the only medical center in the region that combines an acute care hospital and a rehabilitation hospital on one campus, and it is at the forefront of medical treatments, patient care, clinical trials, research and education. As a university teaching hospital affiliated with the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University, it welcomes people from all over the world indiscriminately. For the past two years (2019 and 2020), Newsweek Magazine has named Sheba one of the top ten hospitals in the world. For more information, visit: eng.sheba.co.il