Idera Pharmaceuticals Presents Preclinical Data on IMO-2125 and Other TLR9 Agonists
Abstract 1583 entitled "IMO-2125, a TLR9 Agonist that Induces High Interferon-(alpha) Production, as a Candidate for Hepatitis C Therapy" was presented by Tim Sullivan, Ph.D., of Idera. In the study, IMO-2125 induced dose-dependent induction of interferon-(alpha) and other cytokines and chemokines in human immune cell cultures in vitro and in non-human primates in vivo. In addition, supernatants from cell cultures and plasma from non-human primates treated with IMO-2125 demonstrated potent antiviral activity in the HCV replicon assay, an in vitro system to measure the potency of antiviral compounds against HCV replication.
Abstract 2714 entitled "Impact of Secondary Structure of Agonists of TLR9 on Interferon-(alpha) Induction" was presented by Ekambar Kandimalla, Ph.D., of Idera. In the study, Idera compared one of its proprietary TLR9 agonists with two TLR9 agonists published by others to assess their abilities to induce immune responses in human immune cells in vitro and in non-human primates in vivo. One of these TLR9 agonists forms intra-molecular secondary structures and two form inter-molecular secondary structures. The major observation from this study is that the TLR9 agonist that has the ability to form intra-molecular secondary structures had reduced ability to induce immune responses in vivo but not in vitro. The Company has taken these findings into consideration in designing IMO-2125.
"These results support our ongoing Phase 1 study investigating IMO-2125 in patients with HCV infection," said Sudhir Agrawal, D. Phil., Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer. "IMO-2125 was generated by Idera's chemistry-based drug discovery approach and specifically designed to induce high levels of interferon-(alpha) in preclinical models for the potential treatment of HCV."
About Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Idera Pharmaceuticals is a drug discovery and development company that is developing drug candidates to treat cancer and infectious, respiratory, and autoimmune diseases, and for use as vaccine adjuvants. Idera's proprietary drug candidates are designed to modulate specific TLRs, which are a family of immune system receptors. Idera's pioneering DNA chemistry expertise enables it to identify drug candidates for internal development and creates opportunities for multiple collaborative alliances. Idera's most advanced clinical candidate, IMO-2055, is an agonist of TLR9 and is currently in a Phase 2 trial in oncology and in a Phase 1/2 chemotherapy combination trial in oncology. Idera's second TLR9 agonist, IMO-2125, is currently in a Phase 1 trial for the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection. Idera is collaborating with Novartis International Pharmaceutical, Ltd. for the discovery, development, and commercialization of TLR9 agonists for the treatment of asthma and allergy indications. Idera is also collaborating with Merck & Co., Inc. for the use of Idera's TLR7, 8 and 9 agonists in combination with Merck's therapeutic and prophylactic vaccines in the areas of oncology, infectious diseases, and Alzheimer's disease. For more information, visit www.iderapharma.com.
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Posted: September 2007