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Iovance Biotherapeutics Provides Update on Biologics License Application Submission for Lifileucel in Advanced Melanoma

SAN CARLOS, Calif., Nov. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: IOVA) today announced that its ongoing rolling Biologics License Application (BLA) submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for lifileucel is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2023.

As part of an amendment to the ongoing investigational new drug application (IND) submitted during the third quarter of 2022, Iovance received recent FDA feedback regarding supplemental assay validation information and comparability data for lifileucel. Iovance will address these FDA comments promptly and will now complete its rolling BLA submission during the first quarter of 2023.

Lifileucel is an investigational tumor infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapy for patients with advanced (unresectable or metastatic) melanoma who progressed on or after prior anti-PD-1/L1 therapy, and targeted BRAF/MEK inhibitor therapy where appropriate. There are no FDA approved therapies in this treatment setting.

Frederick Vogt, Ph.D., J.D., Iovance’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer stated, “We continue to make substantial progress with our ongoing BLA submission and remain close to the finish line. The FDA has provided recent valuable feedback to the IND application and remains supportive during the rolling BLA submission process. Iovance is fully committed to securing FDA approval as soon as possible to deliver the first individualized, one-time cell therapy for advanced melanoma patients, who have a significant unmet medical need.”

As previously announced, Iovance held a successful pre-BLA meeting in July 2022, and the rolling BLA commenced in August 2022. A rolling BLA allows Iovance to submit portions of the BLA to the FDA on an ongoing basis, which enables the FDA to begin review as early as possible as documents are received. The rolling BLA submission and eligibility for priority review are benefits available under the FDA’s guidance on expedited programs for serious conditions. The FDA previously granted a regenerative medicine advanced therapy (RMAT) designation for lifileucel in advanced melanoma.

The BLA submission for lifileucel is supported by positive clinical data from the C-144-01 clinical trial in patients with advanced melanoma. The Phase 3 trial of lifileucel in combination with pembrolizumab in frontline advanced melanoma, on track to begin in late 2022, is intended to serve as a confirmatory study and is expected to be well underway at the time of a potential approval. 

Investor Webcast on Friday, November 18, 8:00 a.m. ET

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AboutIovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. 

Iovance Biotherapeutics aims to be the global leader in innovating, developing and delivering tumor infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapies for patients with cancer. We are pioneering a transformational approach to cure cancer by harnessing the human immune system’s ability to recognize and destroy diverse cancer cells in each patient. Our lead late-stage TIL product candidate, lifileucel for metastatic melanoma, has the potential to become the first approved one-time cell therapy for a solid tumor cancer. The Iovance TIL platform has demonstrated promising clinical data across multiple solid tumors. We are committed to continuous innovation in cell therapy, including gene-edited cell therapy, that may extend and improve life for patients with cancer. For more information, please visit  

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Sara Pellegrino, IRC 
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications 
650-260-7120 ext. 264

Jen Saunders 
Director, Investor Relations & Public Relations 

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