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Cynata Therapeutics Limited (ASX: “CYP”, “Cynata”, or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biotechnology company specialising in cell therapeutics, confirms that the first patient has been enrolled and treated in its Phase 2 clinical trial of CYP-001 in high-risk acute graft versus host disease (aGvHD). 

CYP-001 is Cynata’s Cymerus™ off-the-shelf iPSC[1]-derived MSC[2] product candidate for intravenous infusion, which previously generated very encouraging safety and efficacy results in a Phase 1 clinical trial in steroid-resistant aGvHD.[3] The US FDA has cleared an Investigational New Drug (IND) application for CYP-001 and granted the product Orphan Drug Designation[4] for the treatment of aGvHD.

aGvHD is a potentially life-threatening complication of bone marrow transplants or similar procedures. It arises when immune cells in the transplant (the graft) attack the recipient’s tissues (the host) as “foreign”. In this trial, CYP-001 is being investigated as a potential immune modulating treatment for aGvHD.

This global Phase 2 trial aims to enrol approximately 60 patients with high-risk aGvHD, who will be randomised to receive either steroids plus CYP-001, or steroids plus placebo. Additional details on the trial may be found at using identifier NCT05643638. The trial has been approved to commence in Australia, the USA and Turkey, and numerous clinical centres across those jurisdictions are now open for recruitment. The first patient was enrolled in the USA.