Monday January 13th 2020



Celyad (Euronext Brussels and Paris, and Nasdaq: CYAD), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of CAR-T cell-based therapies, today announced the successful administration of the next-generation, NKG2D-based candidate CYAD-02 to a relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia (r/r AML) patient enrolled in the Phase 1 CYCLE-1 trial.

Dr. Dries Deeren, Head of Clinical Hematology at AZ Delta Hospital Roeselare said, “We are proud to be participating in the CYCLE-1 trial evaluating the novel CAR-T cell therapy, CYAD-02, for the treatment of patients with advanced acute myeloid leukemia. Initial clinical results from Celyad’s AML and MDS program look encouraging. Based on preclinical data, where CYAD-02 has shown a differentiated and more potent profile to the first-generation approach, we’re excited to clinically evaluate the next-generation NKG2D construct in such an extremely challenging patient population.”

Frédéric Lehmann, VP of Clinical Development & Medical Affairs at Celyad, added, “Dosing the first patient with CYAD-02 marks another major milestone to systematically advance our pipeline of proprietary autologous product candidates in our relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia program. We look forward to investigating this next-generation approach which combines our NKG2D receptor, shRNA technology and OptimAb manufacturing process. Enrollment in the CYCLE-1 trial will continue over the coming months and we expect to report preliminary data from the study during the second half of 2020.”

About Celyad

Celyad is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of specialized CAR-T cell-based product candidates and utilizes its expertise in cell engineering to target cancer. Celyad’s CAR-T cell platform has the potential to treat a broad range of solid and hematologic tumors. The company’s lead clinical candidate, CYAD-01, an autologous NKG2D-based CAR-T therapy, is currently being evaluated in several Phase 1 clinical trials to assess safety and clinical activity for the treatment of hematological malignancies, such as acute myeloid leukemia, and solid cancers, such as metastatic colorectal cancer. Celyad is also developing CYAD-101, an investigational, non-gene edited, allogeneic (donor derived) NKG2D-based CAR-T therapy, which is currently being evaluated in a Phase 1 trial for the treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. Celyad was founded in 2007 and is based in Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium, and New York, NY. Celyad’s ordinary shares are listed on the Euronext Brussels and Euronext Paris exchanges, and its American Depository Shares are listed on the Nasdaq Global Market, all under the ticker symbol CYAD. Celyad has received funding from the Walloon Region (Belgium) to support the advancement of its CAR-T cell therapy programs