Enlivex Announces Issuance of Israeli Patent Covering the Use of Allocetra™ to Prevent Cytokine Release Syndrome (CRS) Resulting from CAR T-Cell Therapy, Infectious Diseases or Any Non-Infectious Source of CRS
Nes-Ziona, Israel, Feb. 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enlivex Therapeutics Ltd. (Nasdaq: ENLV, the “Company”), a clinical-stage macrophage reprogramming immunotherapy company, today announced the issuance of an Israeli patent, numbered 284985, entitled, “Combination Immune Therapy and Cytokine Control Therapy for Cancer Treatment.” The patent provides added intellectual property protection in Israel into at least 2037, with claims covering the use of for Allocetra™ for prevention or amelioration of cytokine storms in cancer patients receiving CAR-T therapy, as well as in patients whose cytokine storms result from infectious diseases or non-infectious sources.
Oren Hershkovitz, PhD, CEO of Enlivex commented, “We are pleased with the continued buildup of our comprehensive intellectual property portfolio for Allocetra™.”
Infectious diseases covered by this patent include influenza, bird flu, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Epstein-Barr virus-associated hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), sepsis, gram-negative sepsis, malaria, an Ebola virus, a variola virus, a systemic Gram-negative bacterial infection, or Jarisch-Herxheimer syndrome, or wherein said non-infectious stimuli, condition, or syndrome comprises is hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), sporadic HLH, macrophage activation syndrome (MAS), chronic arthritis, systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (sJIA), Still’s Disease, a Cryopyrin-associated Periodic Syndrome (CAPS), Familial Cold Auto-inflammatory Syndrome (FCAS), Familial Cold Urticaria (FCU), Muckle-Well Syndrome (MWS), Chronic Infantile Neurological Cutaneous and Articular (CINCA) Syndrome, a cryopyrinopathy comprising inherited or de novo gain of function mutations in the NLRP3 gene, a hereditary auto-inflammatory disorder, acute pancreatitis, severe burns, a trauma, an acute respiratory distress syndrome, an immunotherapy, a monoclonal antibody therapy, secondary to drug use, is secondary to inhalation of toxins, a lipopolysaccharide (LPS), a Gram-positive toxins, fungal toxins, glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI), or modulation of RIG-1 gene expression.
CAR T-cells are T-cells that have been genetically modified to include a receptor that allows them to specifically target and destroy cancer cells. While certain CAR T-cell treatments were recently approved by the FDA in several cancer indications, such treatments have been associated in many patients with a side effect named cytokine release syndrome, which describes a collection of potentially severe or life-threatening symptoms that stem from over-activation of immune pathways. Preclinical data indicate that Allocetra™ has the potential to prevent or ameliorate cytokine release syndrome associated with CAR T-cell therapies.
Allocetra™ is being developed as a universal, off-the-shelf cell therapy designed to reprogram macrophages into their homeostatic state. Diseases such as solid cancers, sepsis, and many others reprogram macrophages out of their homeostatic state. These non-homeostatic macrophages contribute significantly to the severity of the respective diseases. By restoring macrophage homeostasis, Allocetra™ has the potential to provide a novel immunotherapeutic mechanism of action for life-threatening clinical indications that are defined as "unmet medical needs", as a stand-alone therapy or in combination with leading therapeutic agents.
Enlivex is a clinical stage macrophage reprogramming immunotherapy company developing Allocetra™, a universal off-the-shelf cell therapy designed to reprogram macrophages into their homeostatic state. Resetting non-homeostatic macrophages into their homeostatic state is critical for immune system rebalancing and resolution of life-threatening conditions. For more information, visit http://www.enlivex.com.
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