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bluebird bio Reports First Quarter 2016 Financial Results and Recent Operational Progress

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 04, 2016 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- bluebird bio, Inc. BLUE, -4.59% a clinical-stage company committed to developing potentially transformative gene therapies for severe genetic diseases and T cell-based immunotherapies for cancer, today reported business highlights and financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

“In early 2016 we achieved two crucial clinical milestones: treating the first patient in the Phase 1 study of our anti-BMCA CAR T therapy bb2121, and presenting the first clinical data from our Starbeam study of Lenti-D in boys with CALD. We are very pleased with this significant progress as we continue to build our T cell immunotherapy and HSC gene therapy platforms,” said Nick Leschly, chief bluebird. “On the LentiGlobin [TM] program, we are on track to achieve our remaining milestones this year, which include initiation of the HGB-207 study in non-ß0/ß0 transfusion-dependent thalassemia (TDT) as well as integration of manufacturing process improvements into our LentiGlobin clinical trials.”

Recent Highlights

  • PRESENTED INTERIM DATA FROM STARBEAM STUDY AT AAN – In April, Dr. Florian Eichler of Massachusetts General Hospital for Children presented interim clinical data from the Starbeam study of Lenti-D in CALD at AAN. Initial Starbeam results suggest Lenti-D gene therapy may have similar efficacy to allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HCT), the current standard of care, with a more favorable safety profile. As of March 31, 2016, three of the 17 patients enrolled in the study have reached two years of follow-up and remain free of major functional disabilities (MFDs), the primary endpoint of the study. Sixteen of the 17 patients had stabilization of their neurological function score (NFS), and 14 of 17 had a stable Loes score. The safety profile of Lenti-D treatment appeared consistent with myeloablative conditioning.
  • TEN ABSTRACTS ACCEPTED FOR PRESENTATION AT ASGCT 19 [th] ANNUAL MEETING – Two oral presentations given by bluebird’s academic collaborators will highlight previously presented data from bluebird bio’s ongoing gene therapy clinical trials, including interim data from the Starbeam Study of Lenti-D in cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy, and interim data from the HGB-205 study of LentiGlobin in severe sickle cell disease and TDT. Eight additional presentations will be featured at the meeting, highlighting progress across the company’s preclinical, research and process development activities in both HSC gene therapy and T cell immunotherapy.
  • TREATED FIRST PATIENT IN PHASE 1 STUDY OF BB2121 IN MULTIPLE MYELOMA – In February, the first patient was infused in the CRB-401 study of anti-BCMA CAR T therapy bb2121 in relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma. Additionally, Celgene exercised its option to exclusively license bb2121. Under the terms of the collaboration agreement between the two companies, bluebird bio received a $10.0 million option exercise payment from Celgene and may now elect to co-develop and co-promote the product candidate in the United States with Celgene. We are also eligible to receive specified development and regulatory milestone payments and royalty payments on net sales.
  • FULLY ENROLLED EXPANDED NORTHSTAR STUDY – Achievement of 18 patient enrollment target in Northstar Study of LentiGlobin in patients with transfusion-dependent thalassemia, including three additional adolescent patients.

Upcoming Anticipated Milestones

  • Update on LentiGlobin process...