EMA validates MAA for both idecabtagene vicleucel (ide-cel, bb2121) for multiple myeloma and CC 486 for the maintenance treatment of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML).- BMS + bluebird bio Inc.

Bristol Myers Squibb announced that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has validated its Marketing Authorization Applications (MAA) for both idecabtagene vicleucel (ide-cel, bb2121) and CC 486. Validation of each application confirms the respective submissions are complete and begins the EMA’s centralized review process.

The MAA for ide-cel, the company’s investigational B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA)-directed chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell immunotherapy co-developed with bluebird bio, Inc., is for the treatment of adult patients with multiple myeloma who have received at least three prior therapies, including an immunomodulatory agent, a proteasome inhibitor and an anti-CD38 antibody. Ide-cel was granted Accelerated Assessment status by the EMA in March, reducing the maximum timeframe for review of the application to 150 days.

The MAA for CC 486 is for the maintenance treatment of adult patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), who achieved complete remission (CR) or CR with incomplete blood count recovery (CRi), following induction therapy with or without consolidation treatment, and who are not candidates for, or who choose not to proceed to, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation..