Legend signs $100M deal with Novartis for next CAR-T bets, following up on Janssen success
Legend Biotech, which came to the fore in cell therapy when Johnson & Johnson took a major bet in 2017 on what would become Carvykti, has found another Big Pharma partner for its CAR-T pipeline. It’s going with Novartis, the maker of the first FDA-approved CAR-T.
Novartis will pay the New Jersey-based biotech $100 million upfront in exchange for the exclusive global license to certain CAR-T cell therapies that go after delta-like ligand protein 3, or DLL3. The pact includes Legend’s recently initiated Phase I of small cell lung cancer and large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma candidate LB2102.
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