VBL Presents New Data on the Potential of its Novel anti-MOSPD2 Monoclonal Antibodies for Rheumatoid Arthritis at the EULAR 2020 Congress
TEL AVIV, Israel, June 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VBL Therapeutics
(Nasdaq: VBLT), (the “Company”) today announced new data implicating the potential of its proprietary anti-MOSPD2 antibodies for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). VBL's study entitled “MOSPD2: A novel therapeutic target for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis,” is being presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) 2020 E-Congress.
VBL's new data highlight several key findings:
- Clinical relevancefor RA: Biopsies from RA patients demonstrate strong staining for monocytes expressing MOSPD2. Monocytes are immune cells that play a pivotal role in the progression of various inflammatory diseases. VBL's antibodies can inhibit monocyte migration by up to 90% in a mouse model.
- MOSPD2 plays a key role in RA: Mice in which the MOSPD2 gene was knocked out essentially do not develop disease in the Collagen Antibody-Induced Arthritis model for RA.
- Therapeutic potential: Treatment with anti-MOSPD2 mAb significantly inhibited arthritis progression in the Collagen-Induced Arthritis model (p<0.005). The treatment reduced >50% of disease severity and blocked further disease progression.
- Differentiation: Anti-MOSPD2 demonstrated higher activity than anti-TNFa in the advanced phase of the disease.
"These encouraging results may open new possibilities for treatment of anti-MOSPD2 antibodies for RA," said Eyal Breitbart, Ph.D., VP Research and Operations of VBL Therapeutics."We continue to see a clear pattern across multiple indications – by inhibiting monocyte migration, our proprietary antibodies lead to meaningful and durable benefit in various models of chronic inflammatory diseases.”
The new results add to a growing body of data demonstrated activity of VBL's antibodies in models of multiple sclerosis, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and colitis. VBL continues to advance lead candidate VB-601 towards a first-in-man study, which is expected to begin in 2021.
For a link to VBL's presentation at the EULAR conference, see: Poster Presentation
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 cancer. 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 two months. 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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