Apogenix develops innovative immuno-oncology therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and other malignant diseases. The company has built a promising pipeline of drug candidates that target different tumor necrosis factor (TNF) superfamily-dependent signaling pathways, thereby restoring the anti-tumor immune response.
Checkpoint inhibitor asunercept, Apogenix’s lead immuno-oncology candidate, is being developed for the treatment of solid tumors and malignant hematological diseases. Asunercept has been shown to prolong overall survival in a phase II trial in recurrent glioblastoma and has demonstrated hematological improvements in a phase I trial in myelodysplastic syndromes. In 2017, asunercept received PRIME (PRIority MEdicines) designation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the treatment of glioblastoma.
Apogenix has also developed a proprietary technology platform for the construction of novel hexavalent TNF superfamily receptor agonists (HERA-ligands) for wide use in oncology. Due to their specific molecular structure, these HERA-ligands have clear advantages over other biotherapeutics, such as antibodies. Apogenix’ HERA-ligands have shown strong anti-tumor efficacy in vitro and in vivo, with a benign safety profile. Apogenix is utilizing its technology platform to develop CD40, CD27, GITR, HVEM, 4-1BB, and OX40 receptor agonists for cancer immunotherapy.
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