Nohla Therapeutics Initiates Global LAUNCH Phase 2 Trial of NLA101 in Patients with AML

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SEATTLE, Feb. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nohla Therapeutics Inc. (Nohla), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of universal, off-the-shelf cell therapies to treat cancer and other critical diseases, today announced the initiation of its Phase 2 LAUNCH clinical trial. The open-label, multi-center, randomized, controlled, dose-finding LAUNCH trial will evaluate Nohla’s lead product candidate, NLA101, in adult patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who are at risk for myelosuppression after receiving high-dose chemotherapy.

The LAUNCH trial (NCT03301597) will enroll approximately 220 adult patients and will evaluate  NLA101’s ability to reduce the rate of ≥ Grade 3 infections associated with chemotherapy-induced neutropenia, and identify the lowest effective cell dose of NLA101. Patients in the Phase 2 study will be randomized to one of three investigational treatment arms or a control arm. Patients randomized to an investigational treatment arm will be eligible to receive a single fixed dose of NLA101 after the first cycle of chemotherapy, and up to two additional identical NLA101 doses after subsequent cycles of chemotherapy. Additional information on this trial can be found at  . Funding for the LAUNCH trial is supported by a $6.92 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

“For patients receiving intensive chemotherapy, life-threatening infections are very common and typically lead to lengthy hospitalizations, increased reliance on supportive care, and delays or reductions in additional treatment,” said Colleen Delaney, MD, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Nohla. “We look forward to further clinical evaluation of NLA101 and the ability to reduce the rate of infections and toxicities associated with high-dose chemotherapy which could have a significant impact on clinical outcomes and patient quality of life.”

“Although there have been improvements in therapeutic options for AML patients, they still face significant risk of infectious complications associated with chemotherapy-induced neutropenia,” said Naval Daver, MD, Co-lead Investigator and Associate Professor at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. “We are excited to participate in the LAUNCH trial as it will help determine NLA101’s ability to provide a durable recovery that may reduce multiple regimen-related toxicities of chemotherapy while potentially improving the efficacy of the primary treatment.”

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Globe Newswire: 18:00 GMT Tuesday 13th February 2018

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