Deaths derail Juno's launch countdown, giving Kite and Novartis the lead
The FDA’s hold on Juno Therapeutics’ lead CAR-T program, JCAR015, lasted only six days. But the derailment was serious enough to push its expected approval date from 2017 back into 2018, leaving Kite Pharma and Novartis angling for the first approvals in the field in 2017.
“Regarding the ROCKET trial,” Juno CEO Hans Bishop told analysts Thursday evening, “the process of getting IRB approval across multiple sites along with the gated enrollment for the next six patients leaves us to now estimating approval as early as the first half of 2018.”
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