Tiziana Life Sciences Announces Agreement with STC Biologics for GMP Manufacturing of an anti-Interleukin-6-Receptor Monoclonal Antibody for Clinical Studies in Patients with COVID-19
Tiziana is simultaneously developing an inhalation technology, in collaboration with
The Company recently submitted a patent application for the inhalation delivery of anti-IL6R-monoclonal antibody for the treatment of COVID-19.
TZLS-501, a unique and best-in-class anti-IL-6R mAb, follows a dual mechanism by not only blocking downstream signaling pathways from membrane-bound and soluble IL-6 receptors, but it also rapidly depletes blood-stream levels of IL-6, the major culprit for cytokine release syndrome (CRS) in lungs of COVID-19 patients. In receptor binding assays, TZLS-501 is considerably more potent than the other anti-IL-6R mAb in this class, such as Actemra® (Roche)1,2. These biochemical features, differentiating TZLS-501 from other mAbs in this class, offer potential distinctive clinical advantages in effecting a rapid suppression of the cytokine storm at much lower doses.
The proprietary inhalation technology for direct delivery of mAbs or other small molecule drugs such as Remdesivir® (Roche) to lungs could potentially be a transformational therapy for developing a rapid treatment of COVID-19
“We are aggressively advancing GMP manufacturing of TZLS-501 concurrently with the development of inhalation technology using a hand-held nebulizer and safety toxicology studies in cynomolgus monkeys. Our objective is to submit an Investigational New Drug (IND) Application in the first quarter of 2021 for the treatment of COVID-19 patients,” said
“The initiation of GMP manufacturing of TZLS-501 with STC is a timely step forward toward expediting development of a potentially innovative treatment for COVID-19 patients. We are very excited and well positioned to accelerate the development of TZLS-501 for COVID-19 patients in such extraordinary times,” added Dr. Magdalena Leszczyniecka, President and CEO of STC Biologics. “Our state-of-the-art single use production facility, highly cross-trained experienced personnel, and nimble decision-making has provided unprecedented speed to clinic in prior GMP campaigns. Together with a strong track record of pharmaceutical, regulatory and process development know-how, we are uniquely positioned to advance TZLS-501 to the clinic.”
- Lacroix, M. et al., Novel Insights into Interleukin 6 (IL-6) Cis- and Trans-signaling Pathways by Differentially Manipulating the
Assembly of the IL-6 Signaling Complex. J Biol Chem. 2015 Nov 6; 290(45): 26943–26953. Chaolin Huang, MD., et al., Clinical features of patients infected with 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China. The Lancet, volume 395, pages 497-506. 2020. Published January 24, 2020.
- Tiziana Lifesciences Press Release: https://www.tizianalifesciences.com/news-item?s=2019-09-10-tiziana-reports-phase-1-clinical-data-demonstrating-nasal-treatment-with-foralumab-was-well-tolerated-and-produced-positive-trend-in-biomarkers-of-immunomodulation-and-anti-inflammation-in-healthy-volunteers
About TZLS-501 (anti-IL-6R mAb)
TZLS-501, a fully human mAb, was acquired from
STC Biologics, Inc. is a boutique biologics CDMO located in Newton, MA that provides full CMC services to enable its partners advance their biologic products from discovery to commercial approval. Founded in 2009, STC has established its reputation as a flexible organization that clients can turn to for accelerated low cost programs or custom development when template processes don’t work. STC’s new 4000 sq ft state-of-the-art, single-use manufacturing suites and a second smaller clean room suite provides flexibility and cost saving for clients with vastly different product demands. STC’s team brings 100+ years of collective expertise in biologics drug development from global biopharmaceutical companies. The cross-training of its scientists in diverse fields with integration of biology and regulatory sciences into process development is what makes STC unique in its ability to efficiently develop complex biological products. STC Biologics strives to realize "Speed to Clinic" through integrated product development, technical rigor, and flexibility.
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