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ATX MS 1467

Postby bromley » Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:43 am

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Postby rainer » Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:40 pm

Nice, was starting to worry fast forward wouldn't hit their first goal of funding one project this year. Looks like those picked a pretty solid one.
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Postby bromley » Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:57 pm

Merck are putting money into this drug:


Novel peptide therapeutic, ATX-MS-1467 Multiple Sclerosis treatment, licensing agreement announced 13 January 2009

Merck Serono, a division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, announced today the signature of a research, development and commercialization agreement with Apitope Technology (Bristol) Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apitope International NV. Under this agreement, Apitope has granted exclusive worldwide rights to Merck Serono to develop and commercialize Apitope's product ATX-MS-1467. This peptide therapeutic has completed an initial clinical study in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). It is designed to induce immunological tolerance of the body's T-cells to key autoantigens involved in the pathogenesis of MS.

ATX-MS-1467 is a novel peptide-based therapeutic derived from Apitope's proprietary technology platform. Under the terms of the agreement, Apitope will receive an upfront payment and will initially be responsible for the further development of ATX-MS-1467, for which Merck Serono will fund the costs. Merck Serono will be responsible for all development activities from the beginning of Phase II clinical trials. Merck Serono will also provide committed funding to Apitope for research on other novel therapeutic peptides for the treatment of MS.

Under the terms of the agreement, Apitope is eligible to receive up to EUR 154 million in upfront, development and commercialization milestone payments, in addition to royalties on the net sales of products resulting from the collaboration.

"This partnership with Apitope strengthens our position as a leader in the field of innovative research and development in multiple sclerosis," said Bernhard Kirschbaum, Executive Vice President Research and Development at Merck Serono. "ATX-MS-1467 represents a novel, targeted approach and may have the potential to complement existing MS drugs by offering a novel mode of action. By applying our existing stratified medicine approaches, we will also identify those MS patients who should benefit most from this potential treatment."

"We are very pleased that ATX-MS-1467 has attracted a major pharmaceutical partner such as Merck Serono with extensive experience and leadership in the development of therapies for multiple sclerosis," said Keith Martin, CEO of Apitope. "We view this collaboration as confirmation of Apitope's ability to develop early-stage first-in-class therapies for autoimmune diseases. In addition to continuing to build our in-house diagnostic platform in MS, we look forward to progressing ATX-MS-1467 with Merck Serono."

ATX-MS-1467 consists of four short peptides that are derived from myelin basic protein, a key autoantigen in MS. It is specifically designed to target up to 70% of MS patients who have a specific genetic profile.

Source: Merck Serono (13/01/09)
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Postby CureOrBust » Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:12 pm

I'm a little confused. On dignans pipeline list, its at Phase II. Has this completed? or have Merck and FastForward just joined in mid stream of the Phase II to help it finish this trial and move into phase III?
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Postby dignan » Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:33 pm

Yes, Fast Forward and Merck Serono both got on-board after the phase 2 trial was first announced (maybe not after it started, I don't know). I really like the double vote of confidence on this one. It has definitely become one to watch for me.
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Postby dignan » Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:10 pm

More on Apitope. I like the sounds of this article too...


A vaccine for multiple sclerosis
10 March 2009 - Apitope Technology Ltd is a biopharmaceutical company that specialises in developing treatments for allergy and autoimmune diseases. Formed as a spin-out company in 2002, Apitope announced in 2007 it had developed a vaccine designed to halt multiple sclerosis in its tracks. Cherry Lewis talked to Professor David Wraith, founder and Chief Scientific Officer, about the vaccine and his struggle to get funding for clinical trials.

for the rest of the article:
http://bristol.ac.uk/news/2009/6177.html
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