Potential HIV cure Phase I trial gets FDA green light


Summary generated on August 11, 2020

    The US Food and Drug Administration has granted approval for American Gene Technologies to commence Phase I of the first human clinical trial for its lead HIV program.

    The firm plans to conduct the Phase I study at sites in the Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC. "This is momentous news that we have FDA approval to launch Phase 1 and conduct our first human trials. We are beyond excited to reach this milestone. This brings us closer to our goal of transforming lives with genetic medicines?," said AGT's chief science officer David Pauza.

    According to AGT, the study's initial trial sites will be at the Washington Health Institute, University of Maryland, Institute of Human Virology and Georgetown University.

    AGT103-T is a single-dose, lentiviral vector-based gene therapy developed to eliminate HIV from the millions of people globally infected with the disease.

    Since HIV first drew worldwide attention, nearly 38 million people reportedly have been infected with HIV, with over 1m Americans currently living with the virus.

    While a number of treatments exist for HIV, no cure for the virus has been approved to date.

    AGT's new treatment is intended to repair immune system damage done by HIV and allow natural responses to control the virus.

    The product reportedly shows the ability to clear itself of HIV when challenged with the virus and HIV-infected human cells.

    The publication describes the evolution of the AGT103-T manufacturing process as researchers developed the large-scale production of modified HIV-specific CD4 T cells that resist infection and depletion by HIV. The upcoming Phase 1 study will allow AGT to examine the effect of AGT103-T in a clinical setting which was previously demonstrated in preclinical human cell models.

    Jeff Galvin, AGT founder and CEO, said, "I am confident AGT103-T will be an important step towards an eventual cure for HI?V.".