ProMis Neurosciences Announces Identification Of A Second Novel Therapeutic Target For Alzheimer's Disease
Novel target is second in a series of potential targets on strains of misfolded Amyloid beta, implicated in the development and progression of Alzheimer's
TORONTO, Feb. 3, 2016 /CNW/ - ProMIS Neurosciences is currently in the process of identifying and validating a series of potential targets (epitopes) specific to misfolded, propagating strains of Amyloid beta involved in Alzheimer's disease. The Company plans to use these targets to create specific monoclonal antibody therapeutics for Alzheimer's.
Following on from the first misfolded Amyloid beta target announced on Nov. 12, 2015, the Company is pleased to announce the identification of a second, distinct epitope on misfolded strains of Amyloid beta. Pursuant to its expanded license agreement with the University of British Columbia, as announced on Oct. 8, 2015, ProMIS Neurosciences has acquired an exclusive, worldwide license to this additional novel Alzheimer's disease target. A provisional patent application for this target was submitted to the United States Patent Office on February 1, 2016.
The Company applied its unique, proprietary discovery platform to identify the presence of this second novel target (epitope) on strains of misfolded Amyloid beta. Misfolded, propagating strains of Amyloid beta are known to be neurotoxic and widely believed by the scientific community to play a key role in the development and progression of Alzheimer's disease.
The discovery of this second target on misfolded Amyloid beta is an important milestone in the Company's mission to develop precision medicine therapeutics for the effective treatment of Alzheimer's disease. ProMIS will use its proprietary platform to discover further targets for precision medicines via identification of novel target epitopes on other misfolded strains of Amyloid beta.
Commenting on today's announcement, ProMIS CEO, Dr. Elliot Goldstein stated: "With the identification of this second target we are now in the process of mapping out and validating a series of potential therapeutic targets on misfolded Amyloid beta. We believe there exist several distinct epitope sites on strains of misfolded Amyloid beta, each site a potential target for ProMIS to create precision monoclonal antibody therapies for Alzheimer's".
About ProMIS Neurosciences, Inc.
The mission of ProMIS Neurosciences is to discover and develop precision medicine solutions for the early detection and effective treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, in particular Alzheimer's disease and ALS.
ProMIS Neurosciences' proprietary target discovery engine is based on the use of two, complementary techniques. The Company applies its thermodynamic, computational discovery platformProMIS and Collective Coordinates to predict novel targets known as Disease Specific Epitopes (DSEs) on the molecular surface of misfolded proteins. Using this unique "precision medicine" approach, ProMIS Neurosciences aims to develop novel antibody therapeutics and specific companion diagnostics for Alzheimer's disease and ALS. The company has also developed two proprietary technologies to specifically identify very low levels of misfolded proteins in a biological sample. In addition, ProMIS Neurosciences owns a portfolio of therapeutic and diagnostic patents relating to misfolded SOD1 in ALS, and currently has a preclinical monoclonal antibody therapeutic against this target.
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