7 Hills Pharma Surpasses $25MM Milestone in Nondilutive Funding
HOUSTON, May 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 7 Hills Pharma LLC (“7 Hills” or “7HP”) announced today that it has been awarded $13.5MM in nondilutive grant funds from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to advance 7HP349, its first-in-class oral selective integrin activator into a Phase 1b/2a clinical trial in patients who are resistant to PD-1-based therapies. The new CPRIT funds follow over $13MM in federal grant awards, in collaboration with world-class institutions such as The Texas Heart Institute, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the University of Texas Health Science Center, and the Icahn School of Medicine, that supported the development of the platform technology from 7 Hills and fully funded a Phase 1 clinical trial of 7HP349.
Immune checkpoint inhibitors, such as KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) and OPDIVO® (nivolumab), command global sales of over $30 billion per annum due to their curative potential. However, up to 90% of patients with solid tumors were found not to respond, leaving these patients with limited treatment options. Alintegimod, also known as 7HP349, has the potential to offer a novel mechanism to safely overcome resistance to a broad range of immunotherapies, including anti-tumor immune checkpoint inhibitors and infectious disease vaccines. The CPRIT-funded clinical trial will test the ability of 7HP349 to augment T-cell activation in patients with checkpoint blockade-resistant tumors, a novel approach that may offer patients a compelling treatment option with no additional toxicities.
“Developing first-in-class therapeutics, especially in Houston, is a challenging task,” said Dr. Michael S. Perry, chairman of the 7 Hills Board of Managers. “CPRIT’s support of early-stage Texas talent and technology is critical to enabling next-generation innovations like alintegimod to thrive in our underserved regional venture capital ecosystem and to attract follow-on investment and strategic partnering.”
7 Hills Chief Medical Officer Lionel Lewis, MB BCh., MD, added, “We are grateful for CPRIT’s support as we bring our revolutionary technology and novel mechanism of action to patients with advanced solid tumors for the first time. 7 Hills is inspired to finally deliver the full promise of immunotherapy and we are excited to demonstrate alintegimod’s distinctive benefits when combined with checkpoint blockade.”
About 7 Hills Pharma LLC
7 Hills Pharma is a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing a platform of novel, oral small molecules for the treatment of cancer and prevention of infectious diseases. Our compounds are first-in-concept allosteric integrin activators that leverage a unique mechanism of action to stabilize the cell-cell interactions required to mount an effective immune response. Our lead clinical candidate, 7HP349 (also known as alintegimod), is the only reported systemically safe immune stimulant that can activate both cellular and humoral immunity. For more information, visit 7hillspharma.com
Alintegimod, also designated 7HP349, is the lead, clinical-stage integrin agonist from 7 Hills Pharma. It is a first-in-class, orally delivered small molecule that safely and selectively activates the integrins LFA-1 and VLA-4 to augment antigen-specific immune responses. In preclinical models, alintegimod has been shown to improve the effectiveness of a broad range of immune checkpoint inhibitors and a wide variety of infectious disease vaccines. In a Phase 1 clinical trial, alintegimod demonstrated oral bioavailability and a clean safety profile at exposures well exceeding therapeutic levels.
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