Entasis Therapeutics Awarded Contract from National Institutes of Health

WALTHAM, Mass., July 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Entasis Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: ETTX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel antibacterial products, today announced it has entered into a contract with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The initial award of approximately $3 million, with the potential to increase up to $15.5 million, will be used to develop novel molecules from its non-β-lactam inhibitor (NBP) platform with expanded antimicrobial spectrum.

“We are extremely pleased that NIAID has awarded Entasis this contract that will help further expand the scope of our NBP program,” commented Dr. Ruben Tommasi, Chief Scientific Officer of Entasis Therapeutics. “This funding validates the pre-clinical safety and efficacy data demonstrated by our lead NBP candidate, ETX0462, in both in vivo and in vitro models against drug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections, and the potential of the NBP platform to deliver additional molecules with expanded antimicrobial spectrum. We look forward to pursuing development of additional candidates from this novel class of Gram-negative antibiotics.”

Funding from the contract will support research towards developing molecules with expanded Gram-negative spectrum against antibiotic resistant bacterial pathogens including E. coli, Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas and Klebsiella. Subject to achieving pre-defined milestones, the contract will fund work up to IND-ready stage. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases contract 75N93020C00017.

About Entasis
Entasis is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel antibacterial products to treat serious infections caused by multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. Entasis’ pathogen-targeted design platform has produced a pipeline of product candidates, including sulbactam-durlobactam (targeting Acinetobacter baumannii infections), zoliflodacin (targeting Neisseria gonorrhoeae infections), ETX0282CPDP (targeting Enterobacteriaceae infections) and ETX0462 (targeting Pseudomonas infections). For more information, visit www.entasistx.com.

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