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Loncastuximab Tesirine: First Approval

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posted on 2021-06-17, 21:26 authored by Arnold Lee


Funding The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.

Authorship and Conflict of interest During the peer review process the manufacturer of the agent under review was offered an opportunity to comment on the article. Changes resulting from any comments received were made by the authors on the basis of scientific completeness and accuracy. Arnold Lee is a salaried employee of Adis International Ltd/Springer Nature, and declares no relevant conflicts of interest. All authors contributed to the review and are responsible for the article content.

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Loncastuximab tesirine (loncastuximab tesirine-lpyl; ZYNLONTA™) is an antibody-drug conjugate being developed for the treatment of B cell lymphomas by ADC Therapeutics SA. Loncastuximab tesirine consists of a pyrrolobenzodiazepine DNA-alkylating warhead covalently attached via a cleavable linker to an anti-CD19 antibody that binds to B cells. It is currently approved in the US for the treatment of relapsed/refractory diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL), and is being developed for the treatment of mantle-cell lymphoma, follicular lymphoma and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of loncastuximab tesirine leading to this first approval for relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma after two or more lines of systemic therapy, including DLBCL not otherwise specified (NOS), DLBCL arising from low grade lymphoma, and high-grade B-cell lymphoma.

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