CAR T-Cells, Helping US Firms & An “Ambitious” Plan For Advanced Therapies In The EU
As companies like Novartis, bluebird bio and Kite Pharma press on with developing cancer treatments based on cutting edge CAR T-cell technology, the new chair of the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Advanced Therapies, Martina Schüssler-Lenz, tells the Pink Sheet about plans to help makers of these and other innovative advanced therapies.
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