ProTrans cell therapy provides long-term effect in type-1 diabetes with a single treatment

October 20, 2022

NextCell Pharma AB ("NextCell" or the "Company") today announces that patients who 3 years ago were treated with ProTrans in the phase II study ProTrans-2 have maintained significantly higher endogenous insulin production than patients who received placebo, (63% compared to 23%).The results from the interim follow-up study ProTrans-Obs suggest that the treatment changes the course of the disease and that the effect persists overtime.

In 2018, the randomized double-blind phase II clinical trial, ProTrans-2 started at Karolinska University Hospital. A total of 15 patients were randomized 2:1 to treatment with ProTrans or placebo. The primary endpoint is percentage of endogenous insulin production one year after therapy and patients treated with ProTrans maintained an average of 90% compared to the placebo group who maintained 53%.

The 14 patients who completed ProTrans-2 were after completion offered to participate in a follow-up study, where they are followed for another 5 years, ProTrans-Obs. Some patients abstained from participation due to long journeys, 6 patients treated with ProTrans and 5patients who received placebo are included in the study. In ProTrans-Obs, the patients' endogenous insulin production is measured semi-annually and the latest analysis was carried out after 3 years of follow-up. In this interim analysis, ProTrans shows a statically significant treatment effect at all analyzed timepoints (p<0.05).

NextCell announced on October 18, 2022 that patients with type-1 diabetes undergoing two high-dose treatments of ProTrans cell therapy retain significantly higher endogenous insulin production than patients treated with low and medium dose in the clinical drug trial, ProTrans-Repeat. The results from ProTrans-Obs (one treatment with ProTrans)and ProTrans-Repeat (two treatments with ProTrans) cannot be directly compared, but both studies clearly show that ProTrans has a long-term effect for the treatment of type-1 diabetes.


This information is the information that NextCell Pharma AB is required to disclose under the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was provided by the below contactperson for publication on 20th October 2022, 13.30 CET.

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Mathias Svahn, CEO
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About NextCell Pharma AB

NextCell is a phase II cell therapy company with the drug candidate ProTrans for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. The focus is to take ProTrans to market approval via a Phase III study. ProTrans is in addition to diabetes, used in two clinical trials for Covid-19, in Örebro and Montreal (Canada). The company is in the processes of establishing its own GMP facility for production of ProTrans. The GMP facility is expected to be ready for production of smaller quantities of ProTrans in2023. NextCell furthermore owns 8,5% in FamicordTX, a CAR-T start-up in oncology and 100 % of Cellaviva, Scandinavia's largest stem cell bank for family saving stem cells from umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord tissue with permission from the Swedish Health and Social Care Inspectorate (IVO).

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