RARE Daily

Orchard Says Strimvelis Treated Patient Developed Leukemia

November 2, 2020

Rare Daily Staff

Orchard Therapeutics said it received notice that a patient treated under a compassionate use program in 2016 with Strimvelis, a gammaretroviral vector-based gene therapy approved by the European Medicines Agency for the treatment of ADA-SCID, has been diagnosed with lymphoid T-cell leukemia.

The company said preliminary findings suggest this diagnosis may be attributable to an insertional event related to treatment with Strimvelis. The patient is undergoing treatment for the leukemia at a specialty center, and the company is investigating to determine potential causality.

Leukemia arising from the insertion of gammaretroviral vectors into the genome, a process known as insertional oncogenesis (or mutagenesis), is a known risk factor for gammaretroviral vector-based gene therapy and is described in the Strimvelis product information as a potential risk of treatment.

Strimvelis is the only gammaretroviral vector-based gene therapy in Orchard’s portfolio. Each of Orchard’s other pipeline therapies employ a self-inactivating lentiviral vector-based approach that has been specifically designed to avoid insertional oncogenesis after administration.

No evidence of insertional oncogenesis related to lentiviral vector-based hematopoietic stem cell gene therapy has been reported in any indication.

Orchard said it has notified the EMA and relevant local European regulatory authorities of this adverse event.

Sixteen patients have been treated with Strimvelis since its approval in 2016, and no additional patients will be treated with the therapy before the investigation is complete. The company said it will determine the future of Strimvelis following discussions with relevant stakeholders and will provide further updates as appropriate.

Stay Connected

Sign up for updates straight to your inbox.