“With the proposed patient population (AIDS lymphoma patients), impact will be somewhat limited. However, demonstration of success in this limited context would serve as an impetus to solve additional problems such as non-ablative conditioning to achieve engraftment in the larger HIV patient population.”Despite another “paucity of patients,” the stem cell agency is also expected to approve $7.4 million for an early stage trial involving X-linked chronic granulomatous disease.
“Reviewers were…divided as to the feasibility. Some reviewers did not think that there are sufficient patients afflicted with this disease who also meet the enrollment criteria to allow for completion of the trial with enough patients to yield meaningful outcomes. Other reviewers were optimistic that, given the track record of this team and the willingness of patients with intractable orphan diseases to participate clinical trials, the trial could be fully enrolled and yield results to potentially support moving the therapeutic toward approval by the FDA and/or advance the field.”