VBL Presents Human Proof-of-Concept Data That Show the Potential of its Novel anti-MOSPD2 Monoclonal Antibodies for Multiple Sclerosis at the MS Virtual 2020 Meeting
TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VBL Therapeutics (Nasdaq: VBLT), today presents for the first time new data demonstrating ex-vivo activity of its proprietary investigational anti-MOSPD2 mAbs in patients with relapsing-remitting and progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). VBL's study is being presented at the MS Virtual 2020, the virtual 8th Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS Meeting.
Data show that VBL's anti-MOSPD2 mAbs significantly inhibited migration of monocytes isolated from all MS patients included in the study (n=33) by up to 97%, regardless of disease severity, gender or active treatment. Notably, the activity was seen not only in the monocytes from relapsing-remitting, but also those from primary progressive and secondary progressive patients with high Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) scores of 5.5-6.5.
“We believe our antibodies open up a completely novel mechanism for potential treatment of MS, through blocking the accumulation of monocytes/macrophages in the central nervous system,” said Itzhak Mendel, Ph.D., Immunology Director of VBL Therapeutics. “This mechanism is differentiated from the existing available treatments, which mostly target T and B cells and therefore, it is not surprising that our antibodies showed activity on top of any patient active therapy. Backed up by strong preclinical results, these first patient-driven proof-of-concept data reinforce the therapeutic potential of our MOSPD2 program.”
VBL is currently advancing lead anti-MOSPD2 candidate VB-601 through IND-enabling studies, aiming to start a first-in-human study in 2H 2021.
For a link to VBL's presentation at the MS Virtual 2020 conference, see: LINK
About VBL's VB-600 Platform
VBL is conducting two parallel drug development programs that are exploring the potential of MOSPD2 (motile sperm domain-containing protein 2), a protein that VBL has identified as a key regulator of cell motility, as a therapeutic target for inflammatory diseases and cancer. Our VB-600 platform comprises classical anti-MOSPD2 monoclonal antibodies for inflammatory indications, as well as bi-specific antibody candidates for oncology.
Vascular Biogenics Ltd., operating as VBL Therapeutics, is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class treatments for areas of unmet need in cancer and immune/inflammatory indications. VBL has developed three platform technologies: a gene-therapy based technology for targeting newly formed blood vessels with focus on cancer, an antibody-based technology targeting MOSPD2 for anti-inflammatory and immuno-oncology applications, and the Lecinoxoids, a family of small-molecules for immune-related indications. VBL’s lead oncology product candidate, ofranergene obadenovec (VB-111), is a first-in-class, targeted anti-cancer gene-therapy agent that is being developed to treat a wide range of solid tumors. It is conveniently administered as an IV infusion once every 6-8 weeks. It has been observed to be well-tolerated in >300 cancer patients and demonstrated activity signals in a VBL-sponsored “all comers” Phase 1 trial as well as in three VBL-sponsored tumor-specific Phase 2 studies. Ofranergene obadenovec is currently being studied in a VBL-sponsored Phase 3 potential registration trial for platinum-resistant ovarian cancer.
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