|By Business Wire||
|June 25, 2014 02:06 PM EDT||
Senesco Technologies, Inc. (“Senesco” or the “Company”) (OTCQB:SNTI) provided an overview of the company’s current research and development status at the 2014 BIO International Convention in San Diego. Acting CEO, Vaughn V. Smider, M.D., Ph.D., presented the update, including the announcement of the completion of the administrative and financial integration of Fabrus with Senesco. The presentation will also be released in an 8-K filing and can be accessed via the company’s website.
“The rapid integration of the Company’s activities is an example of how efficiently the two teams operate,” said Dr. Smider. “The management team members are highly complementary to one another and worked diligently to ensure a seamless continuation of our activities during the transition.”
Integrated Company Research Overview
Fabrus and Senesco have recently combined to create a biologics company with multiple novel drug candidates as well as the underlying enabling technologies able to generate a sustainable pipeline of first and best-in-class experimental therapeutics. The company is using its proprietary technology and breadth of expertise in antibody therapeutics to generate drug candidates targeting difficult target classes like multispanning transmembrane receptors. In this vein, its cow antibody platform with ultralong CDR3’s has been engineered to recognize and modulate ion channels involved in several therapeutic areas. The company’s lead candidate (FB001) targets the Kv1.3 potassium ion channel, which has been strongly implicated in T-cell activation in patients suffering from multiple autoimmune diseases. The Company has shown robust activity of FB001 in multiple human T-cell activity assays. A second antibody (FB002) modulates a unique pathway of angiogenesis thought to be utilized in the progression of several solid tumors including renal cell carcinoma. Phase 1 trials for both candidates are expected to begin in 18-24 months.
The company’s antibody discovery technology is similar to a product engine and identifies lead molecules directly on the cell surface, obviating the need for target antigen purification. Spatially addressed antibody libraries can be screened in high-throughput directly on cells to identify lead molecules against multipass transmembrane proteins like GPCRs and ion channels. This technology, coupled with the unique cow antibody scaffold recently published in Cell, provides an integrated suite of antibody capabilities that address important unmet needs in targeting important disease antigens.
The Company’s chimerasome nanocage (acquired through the Fabrus combination) has been validated in preclinical models as a particle to deliver nucleic acids and other payloads. This technology is synergistic with both the antibody platform and eIF5A modulation technology, and plans to integrate these technologies are underway. The Company plans to update on new therapeutic candidate and technology development timelines as the integration proceeds.
Clinical Development Update
The clinical evaluation of SNS01-T has proceeded well. Top-line results are delayed due to slow patient enrollment despite the recent addition of two sites in the Republic of South Africa. In cohort 4 (0.375 mg/kg dose level) three of the required six patients are evaluable and three additional evaluable patients are needed to complete the Phase 1b/2a study. The study is expected to be completed in the second half of 2014.
The overall goal of the newly combined company is to become a preeminent player in advanced biologics drugs and technologies, including antibody and nanoparticle therapeutics. A detailed development strategy will be announced in early Q3 2014. The Company plans to seek a listing on a major exchange as soon as it meets and can maintain listing requirements.
About Senesco Technologies, Inc.
Senesco Technologies is a clinical-stage biotech company specializing in cancer therapeutics and immunological diseases driven by a unique combination of gene regulation and antibody therapeutics. Its proprietary gene regulation technology has demonstrated the ability to eliminate cancer cells and protect healthy cells from premature death. The antibody approach is a novel discovery paradigm with the proven capability to identify functional therapeutic monoclonal antibodies against challenging cell surface targets that previously have been highly resistant to therapeutic antibody discovery. The Company is currently in a Phase 1b/2a trial with a product candidate that is designed to treat B-cell cancers, which include multiple myeloma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and non-Hodgkin’s B-cell lymphomas. The Company has several antibodies in its preclinical pipeline. The first to move forward is a potentially first/best in class candidate antibody that targets an ion channel important in autoimmunity and inflammation. For more information, please visit Senesco.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.
Certain statements included in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from such statements expressed or implied herein as a result of a variety of factors, including, but not limited to: the Company’s ability to integrate the Fabrus science and operations; the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern; the Company’s ability to recruit patients for its clinical trial; the ability of the Company to consummate additional financings; the development of the Company’s gene and antibody technology; the approval of the Company’s patent applications; the current uncertainty in the patent landscape surrounding small inhibitory RNA and the Company’s ability to successfully defend its intellectual property or obtain the necessary licenses at a cost acceptable to the Company, if at all; the successful implementation of the Company’s research and development programs and collaborations; the success of the Company's license agreements; the acceptance by the market of the Company’s products; the timing and success of the Company’s preliminary studies, preclinical research and clinical trials; competition and the timing of projects and trends in future operating performance; and the quotation of the Company’s common stock on an over-the-counter securities market, as well as other factors expressed from time to time in the Company’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). As a result, this press release should be read in conjunction with the Company’s periodic filings with the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained herein are made only as of the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.