Publication of Research Article on Foralumab
Released : Jul 28, 2017
Tiziana Life Sciences plc
("Tiziana" or the "Company")
·Foralumab (NI-0401) is a unique oral therapy that stimulates the gut immune system and provides an anti-inflammatory therapeutic effect in autoimmune diseases without immune suppression
·Positive therapeutic effects of foralumab were consistently demonstrated in pre-clinical studies conducted by Prof. Kevan Herold (Yale University) and Prof. Howard Weiner (Harvard University)
·Oral efficacy in humanized mouse models with foralumab is a major milestone and a potential breakthrough for treatment of NASH and autoimmune diseases
"Until recently it has been generally accepted that despite the convenience and appeal of oral therapies, immunotherapies could not be administered orally because they would be degraded and inactivated by the harsh conditions in the gastrointestinal tract," commented Gabriele Cerrone, Chairman of Tiziana Life Sciences. "New data demonstrating oral efficacy in animals with foralumab is a major milestone and opens a novel avenue for the treatment of NASH and autoimmune diseases with fully human mAbs."
"Oral administration with biologics such as mAbs is a potential game changer for immunotherapies enhancing drug safety while potentiating immunomodulation to provide clinical responses," said Kunwar Shailubhai, CEO and CSO of Tiziana Life Sciences. "Data reported in this study demonstrate that our proprietary approach of oral immunotherapy may have potential to be translated in human clinical studies as well. "
Foralumab, a long half-life therapeutic mAb candidate, with high affinity and potency for CD3 epsilon, has shown consistent efficacy via oral administration in pre-clinical studies conducted by Prof. Kevan Herold, a member of Tiziana's Scientific Advisory Board, at Yale University. "This study demonstrates that oral administration works consistently in our pre-clinical models with human immune cells. This suggests that oral CD3-specific mAb has the potential for treating NASH, diabetes, and other immune-mediated diseases in humans - an entirely novel approach for the treatment of currently unmet needs," commented Prof. Kevan Herold.
Further animal studies conducted by a member of Tiziana's Scientific Advisory Board, Prof. Howard Weiner, in his laboratory at the Harvard University further supports the potential of oral treatment with foralumab for the treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases in humans. "Our data suggest that oral treatment with anti-CD3 mAb induces an anti-inflammatory response through induction of regulatory T cells (Tregs)," noted Prof. Weiner, "This proof of concept of foralumab in humanized mice demonstrates that this approach could be used successfully in humans as well."
Dr. Ilan Yaron, Director of the Department of Medicine at Hebrew University Hadassah Medical Center,
1: Oral treatment with foralumab, a fully human anti-CD3 monoclonal antibody, prevents skin xenograft rejection in humanized mice. Ogura M1, Deng S1, Preston-Hurlburt P1, Ogura H1, Shailubhai K2, Kuhn C3, Weiner HL3, Herold KC4. Clin Immunol. 2017 Jul 21. pii: S1521-6616(17)30342-X. doi: 10.1016/j.clim.2017.07.005. [Epub ahead of print]
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one of the causes of fatty liver, which occurs when fat is deposited (steatosis) in the liver due not related to alcohol use. It affects 30% of the western world population. Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a severe type of NAFLD. NASH occurs when the accumulation of liver fat is accompanied by inflammation and cellular damage. The inflammation can lead to fibrosis (scarring) of the liver and eventually progress to cirrhosis, portal hypertension, liver cancer and liver failure. According to a market research report Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Treatment Market 2015-2025 published by iHealthcareAnalyst, Inc., the global non-alcoholic steatohepatitis treatment market is estimated to reach
About Kevan Herold, MD
Dr. Kevan Herold is Professor of Immunobiology and of Medicine (Endocrinology) as well as Deputy Director, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, Director of the Yale Diabetes Center and the TrialNet Center at Yale. His investigative work has focused on developing new ways to prevent and treat autoimmune diseases, using novel translational immunologic strategies. He is a leader particularly in the field of type 1 diabetes and had led several investigative trials for prevention and treatment. He is involved with national and international consortia that are developing new treatments for diabetes and other immune system disorders. His laboratory studies focus on understandings the mechanisms of autoimmune disease and the treatments that are being developed. His clinical interests are as an endocrinologist who specialises in management and treatment of diabetes.
About Howard L. Weiner, MD
Howard L. Weiner is the Robert L. Kroc Professor of Neurology at the Harvard Medical School, Director and Founder of the Partners Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center and Co-Director of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham & Women's Hospital in
About Ilan Yaron, MD
Prof. Ilan Yaron is the Director of the Department of Medicine at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in
About Tiziana Life Sciences
Tiziana Life Sciences plc is a
The Company is focused on its lead compound, milciclib, a molecule which blocks the action of specific enzymes called cyclin-dependent kinases (CDK) involved in cell division as well as a number of other protein kinases. Milciclib is currently completing phase II clinical trials for epithelial thymic carcinoma and/or thymoma in patients previously treated with chemotherapy and has filed an IND to enroll patients in an exploratory trial in Hepatic Cellular Carcinoma (HCC).
The Company is also in clinical development of foralumab. Foralumab is the only fully human engineered anti-human CD3 antibody in clinical development. This phase II compound has potential application in a wide range of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, such as ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, type-1 diabetes (T1D), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis, where modulation of a T-cell response is desirable.
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