First approved allogeneic cell therapy product globally for the treatment of CLI – Developed by Stempeutics over a period of twelve years, a breakthrough treatment designed to address the root cause of the disease at an affordable cost – Cipla to market and distribute the drug in India to provide patient access “Cipla” today announced that its partner Stempeutics Research Pvt. Ltd has received regulatory approval by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for the launch of Stempeucel in India. The product is indicated for the treatment of CLI due to Buerger’s Disease and Atherosclerotic Peripheral Arterial Disease. It is the first allogeneic cell therapy product to be approved for commercial use in India and the first stem cell product to be approved globally for CLI treatment.
The product has been developed by Stempeutics over a period of twelve years. The company’s proprietary pooling approach provides for an efficient manufacturing process thereby enabling the product to be made accessible to patients at an affordable cost. More than one million doses can be produced from a single set of master cell banks, which is unique in regenerative medicine, thus providing consistent products to patients. The proprietary technology also helps Stempeucel extend the therapeutic potential of the drug across multiple disease categories. Under the agreement signed between the two companies, Cipla has received exclusive rights to market and distribute the product in India by leveraging its expansive distribution strengths across the country.
CLI is a progressive form of peripheral arterial disease that is caused by a severe blockage in the arteries thereby reducing blood flow. This may result in the development of sores and wounds in legs and feet with a high risk of limb amputation. It is estimated that about 5 million patients in India are impacted by this debilitating disease. With the current contemporary vascular techniques, it is estimated that only 25% of patients can be managed with satisfactory clinical outcomes.
Stempeucel is a breakthrough treatment that is designed to enhance the body’s limited capability to restore blood flow in ischemic tissue. It is derived from allogeneic pooled mesenchymal stromal cells isolated from the bone marrow of healthy, adult voluntary donors. It directly addresses the root cause of the disease by reducing inflammation, stimulating the growth of collateral blood vessels, and repairing damaged muscle, thereby reducing pain, healing ulcers, and salvaging the affected limb. The drug is administered through intramuscular injections around the calf muscle region and around the site of ulcers.
Currently, Stempeutics is working on a strategy for other international markets including the US, EU and Japan. The global critical limb ischemia treatment market expected to generate USD 5,390 million by 2025, at a CAGR of 8.1% between 2020 and 2025.
Commenting on the DCGI approval, Mr. Manohar BN, MD and CEO of Stempeutics, said, “Obtaining DCGI approval for Stempeucel is an important and historic milestone for Stempeutics. It is a strong recognition for Stempeutics for its sustained excellence of scientific and clinical work and underscores our global leadership in allogeneic, pooled MSC technology. We believe that the Stempeucel product is a game-changer, offering advanced therapeutic treatment for millions of patients suffering from this dreadful disease.”
Mr. Umang Vohra, Managing Director and Global CEO of Cipla, said, “Our focus on innovation is guided by our strong sense of responsibility to address unmet patient needs and alleviate suffering. We are pleased to see that our decade-long partnership with Stempeutics has achieved a significant milestone. CLI is a serious and painful condition that impacts patients worldwide and we are happy that we are able to introduce this stem cell therapy in the country at an affordable cost.”
Dr. Pawan Kumar Gupta, Senior VP, Medical and Regulatory Affairs, Stempeutics, said, “We are excited to receive this marketing approval from DCGI for this very important indicator. In CLI, fatty deposits block arteries in the leg, leading to greatly reduced blood flow, pain at rest, non-healing ulcers, and gangrene. Patients with CLI are at immediate risk for limb amputation and death. Now Stempeucel provides hope for a new, effective treatment and a better quality of life for such CLI patients. Also, Stempeutics is committed to advancing its peripheral artery disease programs in CLI to other parts of the World.”
Stempeutics is an advanced clinical-stage Biotech Company based out of Bangalore. It was founded by Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG) in 2006 and later entered strategic alliances with Cipla in 2009 and with Kemwell in 2019. Stempeutics’s strength lies in developing innovative stem cell products by nurturing cutting edge research and clinical applications through dedicated efforts of its highly qualified team. Its goal is to develop novel cell therapy drugs addressing major unmet medical needs with India’s first global next approach. About Cipla: Established in 1935, Cipla is a global pharmaceutical company focused on agile and sustainable growth, complex generics, and deepening portfolio in our home markets of India, South Africa, North America, and key regulated and emerging markets.
Our strengths in the respiratory, anti-retroviral, urology, cardiology, anti-infective, and CNS segments are well-known. Our 46 manufacturing sites around the world produce 50+ dosage forms and 1,500+ products using cutting-edge technology platforms to cater to our 80+ markets. Cipla is ranked 3rd largest in pharma in India (IQVIA MAT June’20), 3rd largest in the pharma private market in South Africa (IQVIA MAT June’20), and is among the most dispensed generic players in the U.S.
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