Discovery of mechanism behind Alexander disease may lead to enhanced drug development

LabRoots | November 25, 2019

Researchers have long known that the cause behind Alexander disease is a genetic culprit—mainly a mutation leading to the production of a defective protein called GFAP. Alexander disease (AxD) is a rare neurological condition involving myelin destruction and is present during many stages of life: infancy, adolescence, or adulthood. Many of those diagnosed with condition pass away with the first years of diagnosis. Although, some can survive for several decades, babies born to the condition experience seizures and developmental delays. Now, a new research study at UNC School of Medicine examined the differences in severe and milder forms of AxD for the first time. Through their studies, they discovered that the mutant form of GFAP undergoes diverse chemical modifications depending on the time of when symptoms appear, and these modifications can be manipulated by scientists using an in-vitro system taken from AxD patient cells. The research could potential provide the basis of drug discovery and development.

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Elligo Health Research® Partners With Peoples Rx

Elligo Health Research | April 21, 2022

Elligo Health Research, the largest healthcare-enabling research organization, announced they are expanding partnerships to include Peoples Rx, an Austin, Texas-based pharmacy chain. “We’re in a unique position at Peoples Rx to help inform more people about how they can participate in clinical research opportunities. Working with Elligo to offer research as healthcare to our customers helps support our mission to empower people to make educated health decisions.” Stephen Erickson, Peoples Rx president One of the first studies Peoples Rx will be working to share with Elligo is a study for people to advance screening diagnostics for cancer. “Our patients may not hear about clinical research opportunities otherwise, and this empowers patients with knowledge to become more proactive in their own healthcare journey while simultaneously supporting the advancement of health sciences,” Erickson said. Elligo began its mission to provide easy access to clinical research as care to more patients nearly six years ago. Specifically, Elligo is focused on accelerating clinical trials through healthcare by maintaining the integrity of the trusted patient and physician relationship, building local healthcare communities, and leveraging electronic health records. “Accomplishing this mission is made possible by the partnerships we have with real-world healthcare,” said Elligo CEO John Potthoff, Ph.D. “Peoples Rx has a positive impact on our local community and is a trusted partner for healthcare. This is also Elligo’s first partnership with a pharmacy, and it is our hope that this will lead to further opportunities to collaborate with more providers in the healthcare spectrum on similar initiatives and continue contributing to the changing clinical research landscape.” About Elligo Health Research® Elligo Health Research accelerates clinical trials through healthcare with access to known patients and their HIPAA-compliant healthcare data, our IntElligo® Research Stack technology, and our hybrid enrollment model, PatientSelect. Coupled with the largest Known Patient Access Network, Elligo’s Site Solutions enable healthcare practices and research sites to participate in clinical trials. By adaptive engagement of known patients and physicians, we accelerate the development of new pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device and diagnostic products. About Peoples Rx Peoples Rx has been the local favorite pharmacy and wellness headquarters in Austin for over 40 years. Our integrative approach to health and wellness starts with our knowledgeable and experienced pharmacists and wellness specialists, and our cutting-edge, holistic, and professional products. We also compound custom medications in our state-of-the-art lab to meet customers’ specific needs. And because food is medicine too, our own in-house delis serve up scratch-made meals and snacks with the highest quality ingredients. With a mission to empower people to make educated health choices, several of our 170+ employees, including clinical nutritionists, herbalists, naturopaths, and homeopaths also offer their expertise through private consultations and educational events.

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AIkido Pharma Reports Improved Manufacturing Process and New United States Patent for Pancreatic Drug

AIkido Pharma Inc. | March 04, 2022

AIkido Pharma Inc.reported an improvement in the manufacturing process for its pancreatic cancer drug, DHA-dFdC, licensed from the University of Texas at Austin. The Company also reported the issuance of an additional U.S. patent covering the drug, and the filing of a continuation patent application intended to expand patent coverage to other facets of the drug. With respect to manufacturing process, the Company reported the successful development of a new means for the scaled production and isolation of the key intermediate compound in the manufacture of DH-dFdC. The Company has now executed a further contract with its contract manufacturing organization, Parimer Scientific, to employ the new process to produce several thousand milligrams of the drug for use in formulation development and stability studies. The Company also reported that the U.S. Patent Office recently issued new U.S. Patent No. 11,219,633, which provides additional intellectual property protection for the drug compound. The term of the patent is expected to continue until May of 2035 with the payment of required maintenance fees. Prior to the patent issuance, the Company authorized the timely filing of a patent continuation application, U.S. Serial No. 17/539,682, in which additional claims related to various aspects of the drug and formulation will be pursued. "This new process significant step forward in the development of our pancreatic cancer drug and should permit production of the drug on a commercial scale at a lower cost. I am also pleased that we can continue to report expansion of the patent estate." Anthony Hayes, CEO of AIkido Richard T. Pace, Owner and Principal Scientist of Parimer Scientific, stated, "The newly developed manufacturing method is a large step forward for this innovative technology. I believe it will reduce cost per unit and at the same time increase batch production volumes." About AIkido Pharma Inc. AIkido Pharma Inc. was initially formed in 1967 and is a biotechnology Company with a diverse portfolio of small-molecule anticancer and antiviral therapeutics. The Company's platform consists of patented technology from leading universities and researchers, and we are currently in the process of developing an innovative therapeutic drug platform through strong partnerships with world renowned educational institutions, including The University of Texas at Austin and University of Maryland at Baltimore. Our diverse pipeline of therapeutics includes therapies for pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer. We are constantly seeking to grow our pipeline to treat unmet medical needs in oncology. The Company is also developing a broad-spectrum antiviral platform that may potentially inhibit replication of multiple viruses including Influenza virus, SARS-CoV (coronavirus), MERS-CoV, Ebolavirus and Marburg virus.

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Veneno Technologies, a Novel DRP Drug Discovery Company, Raises $2Million (¥200M Yen) in Seed Funding Round

Veneno Technologies Co. Ltd. | January 27, 2022

Veneno Technologies Co. Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has completed fundraising of 200 million yen through a third-party allocation of new shares to SBI Investment Co., Ltd., Tsukuba Institute of Research, Ltd., and SBI regional activation support Co., Ltd. The funds raised will be used to strengthen the recruitment and organizational structure, to further develop the Company's proprietary peptide drug discovery platform technology, and invest in the research and development of the Company's own drug discovery pipeline using DRP functional peptides as basic molecules to further promote DRP drug discovery. Objective of the Fund Procurement Veneno Suite™ is the Company's proprietary integrated DRP drug discovery technology. The Veneno Suite™ consists of a large gene library that is created by artificially accelerating the evolution of natural DRPs using them as templates, a screening system that enables the search for target DRPs from the library in a fast and efficient manner, and technology that enables the efficient production of various DRPs in a short period of time. With this funding, we will further refine these technologies and accelerate DRP drug discovery. Our mission is to contribute to the advancement of medicine by providing new drugs for targets such as membrane proteins that have been difficult to discover, and for intractable diseases related to these targets. In order to fulfill this mission, we will strengthen the following points through this fundraising. Appointment of high-level researchers and opening of new laboratories to advance DRP drug discovery. Expansion of the DRP focused library (DRP Space™). Strengthen and expand the pipeline of the DRP rapid search system (PERISS™) (promote joint research). Development of DRP manufacturing technology (Super Secrete™) including establishment of high-efficiency, low-volume, high-mix manufacturing technology. This funding will enable us to further refine our proprietary large-scale library, high-speed screening technology, and high-efficiency DRP manufacturing technology to accelerate our goal of DRP drug discovery. We expect that we will be able to take a concrete step toward the establishment of a new paradigm using DRP as a new drug discovery platform molecule following antibody drugs. Investor Comments Mr. Makoto Hasegawa, Manager, Investment Division, SBI Investment Co. noted, "Veneno Technologies has developed an innovative technology to turn functional peptides, called DRPs, into pharmaceuticals. We have decided to invest in Veneno Technologies because we see the potential in their technology and want to take on the challenge of developing new modalities together. We hope that our technology will lead to the development of many innovative new drugs in the future." "Veneno Technologies is a drug discovery venture that uses this technology to develop drugs that target ion channels, which remain untapped as drug targets." Mr. Masato Suzuki, Senior Researcher, Consulting Department, Tsukuba Research Institute, Inc About Veneno Technologies, Inc. Veneno Technologies was established to accelerate the research and development of DRP functional peptides and to contribute to advanced and sustainable medicine and society. The company was established to accelerate the research and development of DRP functional peptides and to contribute to advanced and sustainable medicine and society. By integrating innovative DRP discovery technologies that have been researched for many years at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and DRP manufacturing technologies that are currently being researched and developed, we will lead the research and development of various DRP drug discovery technologies such as new drugs, research reagents, agrochemicals and biostimulants.

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The McQuade Center for Strategic Research and Development and Mindset Pharma Collaborate to Develop Psychedelic Medicines

McQuade | January 06, 2022

The McQuade Center for Strategic Research and Development, LLC, a member of the global Otsuka family of pharmaceutical companies, and Mindset Pharma Inc. announce a collaboration that will support the development of psychedelic medicines. MSRD has made a strategic investment to support the discovery and development of novel chemical entity assets of Mindset, a drug discovery and development company focused on creating optimized and patentable next-generation psychedelic medicines to treat neurological and psychiatric disorders with unmet medical needs. “Exploring multiple paths is essential as we work to address the unique needs of individuals living with mental health conditions. We look forward to collaborating with Mindset on these assets and are hopeful that medical psychedelics could be approved to treat mental illness in the future.” Robert McQuade, Ph.D., president, McQuade Center for Strategic Research and Development, LLC, and chief strategic officer, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc MSRD, which identifies and supports early-stage opportunities that can change the landscape of treatments for mental illness and renal disorders, will financially and operationally support the development of two families of Mindset’s novel medical psychedelic compounds through Phase 1a and Phase 1b clinical trials. MSRD has made an upfront cash payment of $5 million USD to Mindset and under the terms of the agreement, MSRD and Mindset may agree to expand the collaboration to continue to develop the compounds as pharmaceutical products. In addition, Mindset has granted MSRD a right of first refusal with respect to any asset sale, exclusive licensing or collaboration opportunities pertaining to the drugs and a right of first negotiation with respect to a merger, acquisition or asset sale related to Mindset, both in exchange for the upfront payment, further collaboration, and funding of the development of Mindset’s novel compounds. MSRD also has the ability to potentially receive single-digit percentage royalty payments under certain circumstances when the right of first refusal is not consummated or the agreement is terminated. “It is our great pleasure to collaborate with MSRD, a member company of Otsuka, to further the development of two of our families of novel psychedelic compounds. We look forward to leveraging their extensive experience in drug development and CNS indications to accelerate and de-risk our development pathway as we prepare to launch clinical trials,” said James Lanthier, chief executive officer of Mindset. “There is a high unmet need for innovative treatments of mental illness. This collaboration further validates our belief that optimized and patentable next-generation psychedelic compounds will be the future of treatments for mental illness.” Mr. Richard Patricio, chairman of Mindset’s board, added, “This transformational transaction is a validation of what our team has accomplished over the last several years. We are ecstatic that Otsuka has chosen to collaborate with Mindset in the novel psychedelic drug development space and see this as a pivotal moment in Mindset’s maturation. Our team is excited to work closely with MSRD to help meet the unmet needs of millions of people worldwide suffering with a variety of mental disorders. The future is truly exciting.” About Mindset Pharma Mindset Pharma Inc. is a drug discovery and development company focused on creating optimized and patentable next-generation psychedelic medicines to treat neurological and psychiatric disorders with unmet needs. Mindset was established in order to develop next generation pharmaceutical assets that leverage the breakthrough therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs. Mindset is developing several novel families of next generation psychedelic compounds, as well as an innovative process to chemically synthesize psilocybin as well as its own proprietary compounds. For further information on Mindset, About the McQuade Center for Strategic Research and Development (MSRD) Established in 2019, by the Otsuka pharmaceutical business in the U.S., the mission of MSRD is to search for, identify, and fund innovative early-stage research and development programs that have the potential to build the future portfolio of Otsuka products. Otsuka is dedicated to investing in innovative and creative products in areas of unmet need and MSRD was created as an extension of this commitment to support and identify early-stage opportunities that can change the landscape of treatments for mental illness and renal disorders. About Otsuka Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. is a global healthcare company with the corporate philosophy: “Otsuka–people creating new products for better health worldwide.” Otsuka researches, develops, manufactures, and markets innovative products, with a focus on pharmaceutical products to meet unmet medical needs and nutraceutical products for the maintenance of everyday health.

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