Clinical Trial

Disease: B-Cell Non-hodgkin Lymphoma, NHL, (NCT06014073)

Disease info:

B-cell lymphoma refers to types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that are characterised by abnormalities of the "B cells" (a type of white blood cell that makes antibodies to help fight infection). The condition may grow and spread slowly with few symptoms (also known as indolent lymphoma) or may be very aggressive with severe symptoms. 

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (also known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, NHL, or sometimes just lymphoma) is a cancer that starts in white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system. NHL is a term that's used for many different types of lymphoma that all share some of the same characteristics. NHL usually starts in lymph nodes or other lymph tissue, but it can sometimes affect the skin. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the most common cancers in the United States, accounting for about 4% of all cancers.

Relapsed refers to when a patient has received active treatment, went off treatment and then the disease came back, whereas refractory refers to disease that is progressing despite active treatment.

B-cell NHL is the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. NHL accounts for about 4% of all cancers in the U.S. The American Cancer Society estimates 80,550 people will be diagnosed with NHL in 2023.
Official title:
A Phase 1/2 Single-center Study Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of TRAC and Power3 Genes Knock-out Allogeneic CD19-targeting CAR-T Cell (ATHENA) Therapy in Adults With Refractory/Relapsed B-cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Name: Weidong Han, Ph.D

Phone: +86-010-55499341



Name: Yang liu, Ph.D

Phone.: +86-010-66937463



Chinese PLA General Hospital


Peking University
EdiGene Inc.


Beijing, China
Biotherapeutic Department, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing, China

EdiGene Inc, Beijing, China

School of Life Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, China

Study start:
Sep. 6, 2023
30 particpants
Gene editing method:
Type of edit:
Gene knock-out
T Cell Receptor Alpha Constant (TRAC) and Power3 gene
Delivery method:
- Ex-vivo
IND Enabling Pre-clinical
Phase I Safety
Phase II Safety and Dosing
Phase III Safety and Efficacy

Status: Active recruiting


ATHENA chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T, a CD19-directed CAR-T cell immunotherapy comprised of allogeneic T cells prepared for the treatment of relapsed or refractory (r/r) B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). The cells are from healthy adult volunteer donors that are knocked out of TRAC and Power3 genes ex vivo using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing components. In this study, a second-generation anti-CD19 CAR prototype was constructed, bearing murine FMC63 single-chain variant fragment (scFv) together with intracellular CD28 co-stimulatory and CD3ζ signaling domains linked by a CD28 sequence comprising the hinge and transmembrane domains.

This is a single center, prospective, open-label, single-arm, phase 1/2 study. A total of around 30 patients with r/r B-cell NHL will be enrolled in the study and receive allogeneic CD19-CAR-T cell infusion. Phase 1 (n=6 to 18) is a dose escalation part, and phase 2 (n=10 to 12) is a expansion cohort part. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of ATHENA CAR-T cell therapy in patients with r/r B-cell NHL.

Last updated: Feb. 9, 2024
Search CRISPR Medicine