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Bruce Levine – CAR-T Past, Present and Future

Anna Osborne
6 June 2022
As we celebrate ’10 Years of CAR-T’ to mark the first pediatric patient to receive CAR-T cell therapy reaching 10 years in remission, we were joined by Bruce Levine – the co-inventor of that first ever FDA approved CAR-T therapy, Kymriah. 


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A Barbara and Edward Netter Professor in Cancer Gene Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania, Bruce’s work as an immunologist was integral to enabling the development and  initial clinical trials of CAR-T, that saved the life of Emily, and so many others since.

In this video interview Bruce looks back over the progress we have seen in CAR-T from those first clinical trials to the CAR-T drug approvals in multiple indications we have today. He also looks ahead to the areas of investigation we can expect to dominate the CAR-T space in the future.

Emily Whiteheads story was told in  short documentary film in 2021. There is now a full length documentary called Of Medicine and Miracles, that has been worked on and covered her journey over the last 10 years. It was submitted to the Tribeca Film Festival and will have its world premier in mid-June. To find out more about the documentary view the Penn Medicine News Release or click here to stream.

To find out more about Emily and the Whitehead family’s story, or to donate to raise awareness and allow more patients to access life saving CAR-T treatment, please visit their website >>

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