Globenewswire | August 23, 2023
Vincerx Pharma, Inc. a biopharmaceutical company aspiring to address the unmet medical needs of patients with cancer through paradigm-shifting therapeutics, today reported that it has received clearance for its Investigational New Drug (IND) application from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate a Phase 1 clinical trial for VIP943. Vincerx expects to enroll the first patient in the study early in the fourth quarter of 2023.
"The IND clearance by the FDA is a significant step forward for the VIP943 development program, our first candidate from our antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) platform to enter clinical trials," said Ahmed Hamdy, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Vincerx. "Our next-generation platform is designed to improve efficacy and address safety challenges associated with many ADCs. It combines an internalizing antibody binding to CD123, a novel KSPi payload, a selective and stable linker, and exclusive CellTrapper™ technology. We believe VIP943 has the potential to become a much needed treatment option for patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We're eager to start the clinical program and unlock the potential therapeutic benefits of this compound."
Dr. Hamdy concluded by saying, “2023 is shaping up to be a very positive year for Vincerx. Within the last eight months, we successfully filed two INDs (VIP236 and VIP943) and swiftly garnered clearance from the FDA within 30 days. We believe these accomplishments highlight the strength of our development, drug manufacturing, and regulatory expertise. Looking ahead, in addition to beginning our Phase 1 trial for VIP943, we also expect to provide preliminary results for VIP236 by late 2023 or early 2024. Collectively, these milestones support the potential for our strategy to develop small molecule and antibody-based conjugate therapies to improve the care of patients with cancer.”
VIP943 is a novel ADC developed using Vincerx’s next-generation ADC technology designed to enhance intracellular accumulation of the KSPi payload (kinesin spindle protein inhibitor), potentially leading to higher efficacy, while limiting unwanted side effects. VIP943 binds to CD123, a validated target in myeloid malignancies. Once inside of the cell, it releases its KSPi payload. Vincerx’s CellTrapper™ technology ensures that the KSPi payload accumulates in the target cells, limiting uptake into non-target, non-dividing cells.
VIP943 has demonstrated increased survival and reduced tumor burden in AML (acute myelogenous leukemia) cell lines and patient-derived tumor models. In addition, Vincerx presented preclinical data on VIP943 at ASH 2022 demonstrating superiority against Mylotarg™, an approved ADC, with significantly improved safety in monkeys and better efficacy in a mouse model of acute leukemia. Preclinical data suggest that VIP943 does not induce significant cytokine release and demonstrated favorable safety in monkeys with an optimal drug, metabolism and pharmacokinetics profile.
The Phase 1 trial of VIP943 is intended to assess safety, pharmacokinetics/phamacodynamics, and preliminary efficacy of VIP943 in patients with advanced AML and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).
About Vincerx Pharma, Inc.
Vincerx Pharma, Inc. (Vincerx) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to developing differentiated and novel therapies to address the unmet medical needs of patients with cancer. Vincerx has assembled a seasoned management team with a proven track record of successful oncology drug development, approvals, and value creation. The company’s diverse pipeline consists of the next-generation antibody conjugate, VIP943, on track to begin a Phase 1 study in early Q4 2023; small molecule drug-conjugate, VIP236, in Phase 1; preclinical antibody drug conjugate, VIP924; CDK9 inhibitor, enitociclib, currently in an NIH-sponsored Phase 1; and its next-generation modular bioconjugation platform.
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Businesswire | July 12, 2023
Kindeva Drug Delivery, a global leader in contract drug delivery development and manufacturing services and technology, and H&T Presspart (a division of the Heitkamp & Thumann Group), a market leader in respiratory drug delivery systems design, development, and manufacturing, are partnering with Chiesi Group, an international research-focused biopharmaceutical and healthcare group, for the installation of a production line for dose counter (DC) and dose indicator (DI) devices. Combining the specific expertise of each partner, H&T Presspart will manufacture Kindeva Drug Delivery’s dose counters under license for Chiesi Group for their pressurized metered-dose inhaler (pMDI) portfolio.
This partnership is a continuation of the agreement signed in 2014 between Kindeva Drug Delivery and H&T Presspart to accelerate the growth of Kindeva Drug Delivery’s dose counter technology. This technology enhances patient safety by providing real-time information on the remaining doses in inhalers, preventing unexpected shortages. H&T Presspart will expand the cleanroom facilities at their Marsberg, Germany, site to support the dose counter production. As part of this strategic partnership, Chiesi Group will use dose counters in their innovative carbon minimal pMDI portfolio, which uses a low Global Warming Potential (GWP) propellant to minimize the climate impact of the inhalers, while maintaining all the therapeutic options that patients suffering from respiratory diseases need.
David Stevens, global chief commercial officer of Kindeva Drug Delivery, stated: “Kindeva is pleased to extend this strategic partnership as it solidifies our core objective of improving the lives of patients around the world. Kindeva embraces the responsibility it has in ensuring that patients who depend upon our device technology are reliably supplied, and we believe that this innovative supply chain collaboration further underscores this commitment.”
Roberto Della Valle, head of global direct procurement of Chiesi Group, added: “Chiesi, with its patient-centric approach, is dedicated to delivering therapeutic solutions that enhance patients’ health and quality of life. Collaborating with Kindeva and H&T Presspart exemplifies this commitment, and we are thrilled to take this step forward. By providing an inhaler that reassures patients about the remaining dose count, we aim to enhance their safety and confidence.”
Christian Kraetzig, president of H&T Presspart, commented: “With our expertise in device industrialization and manufacturing, this agreement marks another step in our journey to becoming a leading development and contract manufacturing partner in drug delivery devices.”
About Kindeva Drug Delivery
Kindeva Drug Delivery is a global contract development manufacturing organization focused on drug-device combination products. Kindeva Drug Delivery develops and manufactures products across a broad range of complex drug-delivery formats, including injectables (autoinjector, intradermal, microneedle), pulmonary & nasal, and transdermal patches. Its service offering spans early-stage feasibility through commercial scale drug product fill-finish, container closure system manufacturing, and drug-device product assembly. Kindeva Drug Delivery serves a global client base from its nine manufacturing and research and development facilities located in the U.S. and U.K.
About Chiesi Group
Chiesi is an international, research-focused biopharmaceuticals group that develops and markets innovative therapeutic solutions in respiratory health, rare diseases, and specialty care. The company’s mission is to improve people’s quality of life and act responsibly towards both the community and the environment. By changing its legal status to a Benefit Corporation in Italy, the US, and France, Chiesi’s commitment to create shared value for society as a whole is legally binding and central to company-wide decision-making. As a certified B Corp since 2019, we’re part of a global community of businesses that meet high standards of social and environmental impact. The company aims to reach Net-Zero greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions by 2035. With over 85 years of experience, Chiesi is headquartered in Parma (Italy), operates in 31 countries, and counts more than 6,500 employees.
Newswire | July 05, 2023
Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. ("Cipher" or "the Company") today announced that the Company's partner, Moberg Pharma AB, ("Moberg Pharma") has obtained European Union approval for MOB-015 (nail fungus treatment) as a result of demonstrating superior levels of mycological cure (76% vs. 42% for comparators) and a significantly better complete cure rate.
MOB-015 has been recommended for national approval in 13 European countries, which will be commercialized through partners such as Bayer and Allderma, and is expected to be launched in Nordic countries such as Sweden during 2023.
Cipher holds the exclusive Canadian rights to MOB-015, a new topical treatment of Onychomycosis (nail fungus) based on Moberg's patented proprietary formulation of terbinafine. In Canada, according to IQVIA, the total prescription market for Onychomycosis was greater than $82 million CDN at December 31, 2022 with a single product having over 90% market share.
Craig Mull, Interim CEO of Cipher commented, "This is a fantastic achievement whereby the European Union has recognised MOB-015 as delivering quick visible improvements to patients living with nail fungus. We are excited about our partnership with Moberg Pharma, who have a strong track record developing and commercializing nail fungus products previously in both Europe and North America. This approval is a tremendous step in the right direction towards ultimately receiving market approval in Canada and the United States. We will continue to work closely with Moberg in making this clinically proven effective treatment available to Canadians as soon as possible."
Moberg Pharma continues to invest and advance MOB-015 through an additional phase 3 trial of a total of 350 patients with sites across the United States and Canada. The purpose of this study is to facilitate market approval in North America as well as further strengthen the product's clinical evidence beyond the mycological and complete cure rates already demonstrated to the European Union. Patient enrollment in the clinical trial is progressing according to plan with full enrollment expected in 2023.
About Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Cipher Pharmaceuticalsis a specialty pharmaceutical company with a robust and diversified portfolio of commercial and early to late-stage products. Cipher acquires products that fulfill unmet medical needs, manages the required clinical development and regulatory approval process, and currently markets those products either directly in Canada or indirectly through partners in Canada, the U.S., and South America.
About Moberg Pharma
Moberg Pharma AB is a Swedish pharmaceutical company focused on commercializing proprietary innovations based on drug delivery of proven compounds. The company's main asset, MOB-015, is a novel topical treatment for onychomycosis. Data from phase 3 clinical trials in more than 800 patients for MOB-015 indicate that the product has the potential to become the future market leader in onychomycosis. Moberg Pharma has agreements with commercial partners in place in Europe and Japan, among others, and the company's goal is to receive its first market approval and launch MOB-015 in 2023.