VICTORIA, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd. (the “Company” or “IPA”) (NASDAQ: IPA) (TSX Venture: IPA) announced preliminary, preclinical data in hamsters of IPA’s proprietary TATX-03 PolyTope antibody cocktail program against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease. In a preclinical study using a SARS-CoV-2 hamster model, treatment with IPA’s TATX-03 resulted in complete clearance of detectable replication-competent virus from the lungs and throat of SARS-CoV-2 infected animals.
The results of the preclinical study demonstrated the potential of IPA’s TATX-03 antibody cocktail to provide strong anti-viral effects against SARS-CoV-2 in both prophylactic (preventative) and treatment settings. IPA’s TATX-03 cocktail is designed with the goal of being both protective and curative for COVID-19 disease. In addition, by incorporating multiple antibodies that recognize different, non-overlapping epitopes on the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, IPA’s TATX-03 antibody cocktail has the potential to prevent mutational escape, the process by which a virus, through mutation, may render vaccines less efficacious.
TATX-03 was 100% efficacious in the preclinical hamster model in treating SARS-CoV-2 infection in a therapeutic setting. IPA’s TATX-03 PolyTope antibody cocktail was administered as a single dose to hamsters that had been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 variant. The study showed that IPA’s antibody cocktail cleared the lungs of detectable replication-competent virus in 100% of the SARS-CoV-2 infected hamsters by day 4 post-infection. Furthermore, the study showed undetectable levels of virus titer in the throat of 100% of the infected hamsters 3 days after virus infection.
TATX-03 protected against SARS-CoV-2 infection in a prophylactic setting. Administration of a single dose of IPA’s TATX-03 PolyTope antibody cocktail twenty-four hours prior to infecting hamsters with a SARS-CoV-2 variant resulted in the reduction of replication-competent virus titer to undetectable levels in the lungs of four out of five hamsters by day 4, with the remaining animal showing virus levels barely above the lowest level of detection.
Mutagenic escape risk reduction by IPA’s PolyTope approach.
In developing IPA’s TATX-03, the Company enrolled their PolyTope approach to facilitate cocktail formation of antibodies that recognize non-overlapping SARS-CoV-2 spike protein epitopes to improve the potential of its product to remain effective despite multiple mutations of the virus. As treatment efficacy is not solely dependent on one antibody, a combination therapy is expected to be efficacious even if one of the components would be affected by a particular virus mutation. In addition, the plug-and-play character of IPA’s PolyTope approach is anticipated to allow quick adaptation of treatment formulations, if required, leveraging their diversified lead antibody pool containing multiple antibody alternatives to each epitope represented in the cocktail. While extensive mutant analysis is ongoing, IPA has confirmed that interaction of two out of three tested antibodies from the TATX-03 cocktail with the S. African (B.1.351) and UK (B.1.1.7) SARS-CoV-2 spike protein variants is not compromised (the fourth was not prioritized for testing as, based on computational analysis, it was deemed unlikely to be impacted by the mutations). Twenty-seven extensively characterized, potently neutralizing lead candidate antibodies will be analyzed to generate full interaction profiles against seventeen different SARS-CoV-2 variants, including the S. African, Brazilian, UK and more prevalent single substitution mutants SARS-CoV-2 spike protein variants. Data are expected to be available early March.
“This important preclinical study shows that TATX-03 not only protected against, but effectively treated, a high dose of SARS-CoV-2 variant infection in hamsters, further supporting the advancement of TATX-03,” stated Dr. Ilse Roodink, ImmunoPrecise’s SARS-CoV-2 Global Program Director.
“Based on the positive data obtained to date, we remain optimistic about TATX-03 and its potential to prevent and treat COVID-19 disease,” added Dr. Jennifer Bath, CEO of ImmunoPrecise, “including disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 variants, as was intended in IPA’s original design of the cocktail. We are looking forward to continuing to progress TATX-03 through the final stages of its preclinical development.”
IPA intends to conduct what it anticipates will be the final IND-enabling studies, including non-human primate, dose-dependent evaluation of the TATX-03 antibody cocktail, in late Q2 2021, resulting in what IPA anticipates will provide the final, necessary preclinical data points to support the potential clinical evaluation of TATX-03.
About IPA’s PolyTope Platform.
IPA’s SARS-CoV-2 PolyTope monoclonal therapies are designed to protect against mutagenic escape with an emphasis on efficacy for every patient, variant, and strain of SARS-CoV-2. They are created with the goal of sustainable efficacy in the face of an evolving virus, combining extensively characterized, potently neutralizing, synergistic antibodies exhibiting richly diverse epitope coverage.
About ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd.
IPA is an innovation-driven, technology platform company that supports its pharmaceutical and biotechnology company partners in their quest to discover and develop novel, therapeutic antibodies against all classes of disease targets. The Company aims to transform the conventional, multi-vendor, product development model by bringing innovative and high-throughput, data-driven technologies to its partners, incorporating the advantages of diverse antibody repertoires with the Company’s therapeutic antibody discovery suite of technologies, to exploit antibodies of broad epitope coverage, multiple antibody formats, valency and size, and to discover antibodies against multiple/rare epitopes. For further information, visit www.immunoprecise.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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