Bispecific Antibodies for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Treatment

Allison M. Bock, Grzegorz S. Nowakowski, Yucai Wang

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While there have been numerous advances in the field of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) over the last decade, relapsed and/or refractory (R/R) NHL remains a challenge and an area with unmet needs. T-cell redirecting immunotherapeutic approaches including chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cells and bispecific antibodies (BsAbs) have the potential to revolutionize NHL therapy. BsAbs target CD3 on T-cells and CD19 or CD20 on malignant B-cells and have shown promises as a novel immunotherapy for NHL. The development of CD19 × CD3 BsAbs such as blinatumomab was met with significant challenges due to dose-limiting neurologic side effects. However, several CD20 × CD3 BsAbs including odronextamab, mosunetuzumab, glofitamab, and epcoritamab emerged recently. They have favorable toxicity profiles, with reduced cytokine release syndrome and neurotoxicity. In addition, all these BsAbs have demonstrated very promising efficacy in R/R NHL. With expansion and registrational studies actively ongoing, approvals of these agents for R/R NHL are anticipated in the near future. Some important questions pertinent to future clinical development of BsAbs include when and how to best utilize BsAbs in the management of R/R NHL, whether there is a role of BsAbs in treatment-naïve NHL, and how to combine BsAbs with other therapies. For example, whether BsAbs can be combined with cytotoxic chemotherapy effectively remains to be seen. A plethora of clinical studies will be needed to help address these questions, some of which are already ongoing. In addition, how do BsAbs compare to CAR T-cell therapy and how to choose and sequence between BsAbs and CAR T-cell therapy need to be addressed. While many of these critical questions remain to be answered in clinical studies, we believe the future of BsAbs in the NHL is very bright.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-170
Number of pages16
JournalCurrent treatment options in oncology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2022


  • Bispecific T-cell engager (BiTE)
  • Bispecific antibody
  • Immunotherapy
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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