Aptorum Group Enters Into Material Transfer and Exclusive Option-To-License Agreement with Yale University for Its Novel Immunomodulators Potentially Targeting Autoimmune and Oncology Diseases
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Aptorum Group Limited (Nasdaq: APM, Euronext Paris: APM) (“Aptorum Group” or “Aptorum”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, through its affiliate, has entered into a material transfer and option agreement (“Agreement”) with Yale University (“Yale”) to evaluate a group of preclinical stage novel immunomodulators. The novel immunomodulators may potentially target autoimmune and oncology diseases, including but not limited to, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and sclerosis, as well as a variety of cancers, all subject to further preclinical development and testing. Aptorum also obtained an exclusive option to in-license the novel immunomodulators and its affiliated intellectual property rights including its patent rights and know-how, based on licensing terms pursuant to a binding term sheet incorporated into the Agreement.
Under the arrangement, Aptorum will be responsible for assessing Yale’s originally developed novel immunomodulators against lupus, arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases, neurodegenerative diseases or other oncology indications. Upon exercising its option to license, Aptorum will undertake to develop and commercialize one or more of these novel immunomodulators, as supported by Yale.
Mr. Ian Huen, Chief Executive Officer of Aptorum Group, commented: “Aptorum is delighted to partner with Yale to validate and develop its novel class of immunomodulators. Aptorum believes that these immunomodulators have the potential to advance first-in-class drug discovery and development of such drugs for potential autoimmune and oncology diseases in particular. For example, it has been widely reported that COVID-19 infections often trigger a cytokine storm in patients leading to undesirable and often fatal autoiummune reactions1 and we will also explore the potential applications of the immunomodulators for the treatment of these cytokine storms. Through this initiative, we are looking forward to strategically expanding our development footprint in the treatment of those diseases, which have other potential applications such as in oncology and infectious diseases which are already core focuses of our company.”
About Aptorum Group
Aptorum Group Limited (Nasdaq: APM, Euronext Paris: APM) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercializing of therapeutic assets to treat diseases with unmet medical needs, particularly infectious diseases and cancers (including orphan oncology indications). The pipeline of Aptorum is also enriched through the establishment of drug discovery platforms that enable the discovery of new therapeutics assets through programs such as the systematic screening of existing approved drug molecules and microbiome-based research platform for treatments of metabolic diseases. Aptorum also has projects focused on microbiome research and the commercialization of a natural supplement product targeted for women undergoing menopause and experiencing related symptoms.
For more information about Aptorum Group, please visit www.aptorumgroup.com.
About the Yale Office of Cooperative Research, Yale University
Since its founding in 1982, the Yale Office of Cooperative Research (OCR) has built a significant portfolio of inventions and patents and has grown into an engine of regional economic development. Its mission is to facilitate the translation of research from Yale's labs into products and services that benefit society. OCR is recognized as a leading force for catalyzing economic growth by identifying, counseling and nurturing early-stage technologies and guiding the transition into robust companies. More information is available at https://ocr.yale.edu/
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1 Inflamm Regen. 2020; 40: 37.
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