Alchemab Therapeutics to present data profiling a novel antibody to Huntingtin Exon 1 at the CHDI Annual Huntington’s Disease Therapeutics Conference
Cambridge, UK, April 25, 2023 – Alchemab Therapeutics, an antibody discovery company identifying naturally occurring antibodies from individuals resilient to disease, today announced that it will present data on a potential first-in-class disease modifying therapeutic for Huntington’s Disease at the annual CHDI Huntington’s Disease Therapeutics Conferencein Dubrovnik, Croatia, 24-27 April 2023.
Alchemab’s innovative, target agnostic discovery platform, which combines data analysis of hundreds of millions of individual antibodies with classical laboratory-based drug discovery techniques, has discovered antibodies which bind to multiple extracellular forms of mutant Huntingtin and lead to the uptake of Huntingtin by microglia.
The data to be presented builds on a successful collaboration with Medicines Discovery Catapult and has been, in part, funded by two Innovate UK grants. The data includes the outcome of work collaborating with Erich Wanker and Annett Böddrich at the Max DelbrückCenter for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, showing that Alchemab’s antibodies are highly effective at immunodepleting high molecular weight HTT species and reducing the seeding potential of HTT aggregates isolated from R6/2 mouse model brains.
Young Kwon, Chief Executive Officer of Alchemab, said: “Huntington’s Disease is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder and has proven to be very difficult to treat. The data presented at the CHDI Conference highlights the excellent progress Alchemab is making as we develop a highly differentiated approach in the hope of finding a treatment for this life changing condition.”
Jane Osbourn, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Alchemab, commented: “For the first time today, we are showing data on our potential first-in-class therapeutic forHuntington’s disease, and it is an excellent example of the way we are turning drug discovery on its head. Our unique approach of identifying shared B–cell antibodies from cohorts of people who show resilience to neurodegenerative disease is allowing us to rapidly identifynovel targets and further build our exciting pipeline.”
Presentation Title: Antibodies from resilient individuals: Identifying a potential novel treatment for Huntington’s disease modification
Presenter: Donna Finch, Head of Translational and Clinical Science, Alchemab Therapeutics
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 26, Session III: Novel mechanisms, modalities, and candidates for HD therapeutics, 9:00am-12:20pm CEST
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Alchemab studies the unique antibody response of resilient individuals to develop drugs based on naturally derived antibodies to prevalent, hard-to-treat diseases which do not have disease modifying therapies. Alchemab’s platform integrates data mining of patient-derived immune responses with the latest, multi-disciplinary drug discovery approaches to understand what keeps people well. The goal is to unlock nature’s engineering and harness the incredible human immune system to find breakthrough drugs.
Alchemab’s highly experienced team has broad expertise and capabilities across discovery and development. Through collaborations with world class institutions, Alchemab taps into large ecosystems and millions of patient samples which it analyzes using advanced computational approaches.
Alchemab is headquartered in London, UK with labs in Cambridge, UK and Boston, US.
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