FDA Lifts Clinical Hold on Immunome’s IMM-BCP-01 IND Application for the Treatment of COVID-19
EXTON, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Immunome, Inc., (Nasdaq: IMNM), a biopharmaceutical company that utilizes its human memory B cell platform to discover and develop first-in-class antibody therapeutics, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted the clinical hold on its Investigational New Drug (IND) application for its antibody cocktail (IMM-BCP-01) for the treatment of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Immunome previously announced that the FDA had placed the company’s IND application on clinical hold due to a request for further information related to the preparation and administration of IMM-BCP-01 at clinical sites. In response, Immunome provided the FDA with a comprehensive report detailing the necessary information.
“We believe in the potential of IMM-BCP-01 and its ability to aid in the ongoing fight against SARS-CoV-2, especially as the new variants continue,” said Purnanand Sarma, PhD, President & CEO of Immunome. “We are pleased to report the clinical hold has now been lifted. We look forward to advancing the program into the clinic.”
IMM-BCP-01 is a three-antibody cocktail targeting non-overlapping regions of the Spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, including highly conserved, subdominant epitopes, which elicits both ACE2 and non-ACE2 dependent neutralization and induces natural viral clearance mechanisms, such as antibody dependent cellular cytotoxicity, complement activation and phagocytosis. Immunome has submitted an Investigational New Drug Application with the FDA and plans to initiate a placebo-controlled dose escalation study of IMM-BCP-01 in patients infected with SARS-CoV-2.
This investigational work was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) in collaboration with the Defense Health Agency (DHA). (Contract number: W911QY-20-9-0019).
Immunome is a biopharmaceutical company that utilizes its proprietary human memory B cell platform to discover and develop first-in-class antibody therapeutics that are designed to change the way diseases are treated. The company’s initial focus is developing therapeutics to treat oncology and infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Immunome’s proprietary discovery engine identifies novel therapeutic antibodies and their targets by leveraging the highly educated components of the immune system, memory B cells, from patients whose bodies have learned to fight off their disease. For more information, please visit www.immunome.com or follow Immunome on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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