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TiGenix and Takeda announce Alofisel®cid:image001.png@01D3C4E1.49F40190(darvadstrocel) receives approval to treat complex perianal fistulae in Crohn’s disease in Europe

TiGenix NV (Euronext Brussels and NASDAQ: TIG) (“TiGenix”) and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502) (“Takeda”) today announced that the European Commission (EC) has approved Alofisel (darvadstrocel), previously Cx601, for the treatment of complex perianal fistulae in adult patients with nonactive/mildly active luminal Crohn’s disease, when fistulae have shown an inadequate response to at least one conventional or biologic therapy. Darvadstrocel should be used after conditioning of fistula.2 This marks the first allogeneic stem cell therapy (originating from donor stem cells) to receive central marketing authorisation (MA) approval in Europe.


The European approval follows a positive opinion by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), in conjunction with the Committee for Advanced Therapies (CAT), in December 2017. The recommendation was based on results from TiGenix’s Phase III ADMIRE-CD pivotal trial, which showed that darvadstrocel achieved statistically significant superiority versus the control group in the primary efficacy endpoint of combined remission at 24 weeks,*1 as well as further follow-up data that indicated darvadstrocel maintained long-term remission of treatment refractory complex perianal fistulae in patients with Crohn’s disease over 52 weeks.3


“Fistulating perianal Crohn’s disease represents one of the most challenging types of Crohn’s disease. It is challenging not only due to the difficult symptoms of pain and discharge, but particularly due to the major impact that these symptoms have on all aspects of life. This approval is a big step forward for patients with complex perianal fistulae in Crohn’s disease in the UK and has the potential to improve their quality of life,” said Professor Ailsa Hart from St Mark’s Hospital and Imperial College, London. “Alofisel offers a novel and well-tolerated stem cell therapy treatment option for patients who do not respond to currently available therapies, and who have until now had limited treatment options available.”


Mr Andrew Williams, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust commented: “The availability of Alofisel provides a promising surgical option for those patients with complex Crohn's perianal fistula disease. To date, surgical treatment for this challenging group has been very disappointing, it is hoped that with the adjunct of stem cell therapy, significant improvements can be made in fistula healing rates. The use of a stem cell therapy exemplifies the importance of a strong multidisciplinary gastrointestinal team collaborating to achieve the best results for these patients with complex medical conditions.”


“This approval of Alofisel reflects our deep understanding and