Ipsen and EpiVax collaborate to produce next generation botulinum toxins
Ipsen (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY) and the US company EpiVax, Inc. (EpiVax) today announced that they have completed a collaborative project that provides a novel approach for creating next generation botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) and Targeted Secretion Inhibitor (TSI) therapeutics.
Ipsen is actively developing an innovative platform of novel neurotoxin derived therapeutics, including TSI, that is opening up new therapeutic opportunities to address various medical conditions with unmet need.
EpiVax will move the program forward, continuing potential product development for clinical use in neuromuscular health and aesthetic treatments. EpiVax will present the results of the research program so far conducted at the upcoming IBRCC 2015 conference on botulinum neurotoxins, in Frederick, Maryland. EpiVax applied its proprietary T cell epitope modification technology “ISPRI” to generate an engineered BoNT sequence. This platform program employs two key technologies developed and perfected by EpiVax: deimmunization and tolerization.
Claude Bertrand, EVP Research ＆ Development and Chief Scientific Officer of Ipsen stated: “Ipsen is pleased to have had a partnership with the US company EpiVax. This work is part of Ipsen’s commitment to apply modern protein engineering and recombinant protein expression to enable development of novel and improved botulinum neurotoxin products for increased therapeutic utility and patient care.”
Anne De Groot, CEO of EpiVax, commented: “The global biologics market is large, totaling nearly $234 billion in 2014 and expected to reach $386 billion 1 by the end of 2019. This “stealth BoNT” program illustrates the potential to develop an entirely new product line of biologics. It capitalizes on technological advances and promises to bring better drugs, with defined mechanisms of action and well-known safety and efficacy profiles, to market.”
Ipsen is a global specialty-driven pharmaceutical company with total sales exceeding €1.2 billion ($1.4b) in 2014. Ipsen sells more than 20 drugs in more than 115 countries, with a direct commercial presence in 40 countries. Ipsen’s ambition is to become a leader in specialty healthcare solutions for targeted debilitating diseases. Its development strategy is supported by 3 franchises: neurology, endocrinology and uro-oncology. Ipsen’s commitment to oncology is exemplified through its growing portfolio of key therapies improving the care of patients suffering from prostate cancer, bladder cancer and neuro-endocrine tumors. Ipsen also has a significant presence in primary care. Moreover, the Group has an active policy of partnerships. Ipsen's R&D is focused on its innovative and differentiated technological platforms, peptides and toxins, located in the heart of the leading biotechnological and life sciences hubs (Les Ulis, France; Slough/Oxford, UK; Cambridge, US). In 2014, R&D expenditure totaled close to €187 million, representing about 15% of Group sales. The Group has more than 4,500 employees worldwide. Ipsen’s shares are traded on segment A of Euronext Paris (stock code: IPN, ISIN code: FR0010259150) and eligible to the “Service de Règlement Différé” (“SRD”). The Group is part of the SBF 120 index. Ipsen has implemented a Sponsored Level I American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program, which trade on the over-the-counter market in the United States under the symbol IPSEY. For more information on Ipsen, visit www.ipsen.com.
EpiVax, Inc. is a privately-held biotechnology company based in Providence, Rhode Island that is focused on the development of biologic products and vaccines for human and animal diseases. EpiVax provides access to its proprietary toolkits “ISPRI” and “iVAX” to most major pharmaceutical companies worldwide, and has developed proprietary tolerizing technology (Tregitopes). Led by Dr. Anne S. De Groot, M.D., immunologist and Bill Martin, architect of the ISPRI and iVAX immunoinformatics platforms, EpiVax has enjoyed success in the fields of immunology and bioinformatics. CEO De Groot was recently named one of the 50 most influential persons in the field of vaccines. For more information visit http://www.epivax.com.
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