Gamida Cell’s NiCord® Receives FDA and EMA Orphan Drug Designation. NiCord® is in clinical development as a treatment for blood cancers including leukemia and lymphoma


Jerusalem, Israel, January 6, 2015 — Gamida Cell, a leader in cell therapy technologies and products for transplantation and adaptive immune therapy, announced today that orphan drug designation has been granted by The US Department of Health and Human Services, The FDA Office of Orphan Products Development (OOPD) for the investigational medicinal product NiCord® for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), Hodgkin lymphoma and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).  The FDA orphan drug designation coincides with the positive opinion of the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA’s) Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) regarding NiCord® as a treatment for AML.  Gamida Cell intends to file for NiCord® orphan drug status with the EMA for other indications as well. 

“Receipt of orphan drug status for NiCord® in the US and Europe advances Gamida Cell’s commercialization plans a major step further, as both afford significant advantages. We very much appreciate the positive feedback and support of the FDA and EMA and look forward to continuing what has been a very positive dialogue with these important agencies,” said Gamida Cell president and CEO Dr. Yael Margolin.

The FDA and EMA grant an orphan drug designation to promote the development of products that demonstrate promise for the treatment of rare diseases or conditions. Orphan drug designation provides for various regulatory and economic benefits, including seven years of market exclusivity in the U.S. and 10 years in the EU. 

NiCord® is derived from a single cord blood unit which has been expanded in culture and enriched with stem cells using Gamida Cell’s proprietary NAM technology.  It is currently being tested in a Phase I/II study as an investigational therapeutic treatment for hematological malignancies such as leukemia and lymphoma. In this study, NiCord® is being used as the sole stem cell source. Click here for more information.