- IMM-BCP-01 neutralized BA.4/.5 and BA.2.12.1 subvariants in pseudovirus testing
- IMM-BCP-01 currently in Phase 1b clinical testing with topline data expected in 2H 2022
EXTON, Pa. –
Immunome, Inc. (Nasdaq: IMNM), a biopharmaceutical company that utilizes its human memory B cell platform to discover and develop first-in-class antibody therapeutics, today announced that their cocktail (IMM-BCP-01) retained activity against the BA.4/5 and BA.2.12.1 subvariants in pseudovirus testing. IMM-BCP-01 is currently in Phase 1b clinical testing in patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 and in locations where the predominant variants are BA.2.12.1, BA.4, BA.5 and BA.2.
IMM-BCP-01 is a three-antibody cocktail with each antibody having a different mechanism of action. IMM20190 binds to a composite epitope involving the receptor binding ridge and an area adjacent to the receptor binding loop preventing binding to ACE2. IMM20184 and IMM20253 neutralized live BA.2 Omicron variant in in vitro testing as well as pseudoviruses corresponding to the BA.2.12.1 and BA.4/.5 subvariants. In particular, IMM20253 neutralized the virus through an ACE2-independent mechanism that differs from the neutralization mechanisms used by current or past antibodies approved for clinical use. Data recently published in Science Immunology provides a mechanistic basis for how IMM20253 binding, which is conserved across all variants to date including Omicron and its sub-lineages, neutralized SARS-CoV-2.
“We are pleased that IMM-BCP-01 retains effectiveness against the currently dominant BA.4/.5 and BA.2.12.1 subvariants,” stated Purnanand Sarma, PhD, President & CEO of Immunome. “Further, as several existing antibody treatments lose their potency against the Omicron subvariants, IMM-BCP-01 continues to retain activity against these variants in preclinical testing and we believe our cocktail has potential to play a significant role in managing the pandemic. We also look forward to announcing topline data from our Phase 1b clinical study in the second half of 2022.”
The investigational work for IMM-BCP-01 was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) in collaboration with the Defense Health Agency (DHA) (Contract number: W911QY-20-9-0019).
*As of 25 June 2022, Omicron BA.4, BA.5 and BA.2.12.1 variants together represent > 90% of the COVID-19 cases in the United States (CDC; https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#nowcast-heading)
IMM-BCP-01 is a three-antibody cocktail targeting non-overlapping regions of the Spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, including highly conserved, subdominant epitopes, which elicits both ACE2 and non-ACE2 dependent neutralization, and induces natural viral clearance mechanisms, such as antibody dependent cellular cytotoxicity, complement activation and phagocytosis. When tested in vivo, these mechanisms combine to significantly reduce viral load in lungs of the hamsters infected with SARS-CoV-2. IMM-BCP-01 neutralizes all variants of SARS-CoV-2 tested to date in vitro. This investigational work was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) in collaboration with the Defense Health Agency (DHA). (Contract number: W911QY-20-9-0019).
Immunome is a biopharmaceutical company that utilizes its proprietary human memory B cell platform to discover and develop first-in-class antibody therapeutics that are designed to change the way diseases are treated. The company’s initial focus is developing therapeutics to treat oncology and infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Immunome’s proprietary discovery engine identifies novel therapeutic antibodies and their targets by leveraging the highly educated components of the immune system, memory B cells, from patients whose bodies have learned to fight off their disease. For more information, please visit www.immunome.com.
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