MEDICAL

Sosei Heptares' COVID-19 Program Identifies Potent Broad Spectrum Anti-Viral Small Molecules for Further Development

Sosei Heptares | November 21, 2020

Sosei Group Corporation ("the Company") (TSE: 4565) announces a progress update for its R&D program focused on the design and development of novel drugs targeting the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and to treat COVID-19. The program was initiated in April 2020. To date, the Company has applied its world-leading structure-based drug design (SBDD) capabilities and cutting-edge technologies to precision-design new inhibitors of the SARS-CoV-2 Mpro protease, which plays a crucial role in viral replication1-4. The Company is also aiming to leverage the highly conserved structure of the SARS-CoV-2 Mpro protease as a basis for the design of novel oral small molecules against predicted future variants of SARS-CoV-2 and other related human viruses.

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TGen Selects MemVerge to Accelerate Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Discovery with Big Memory Technology

MemVerge | March 21, 2022

MemVerge™, the pioneers of Big Memory software, today announced that TGen, the Translational Genomics Research Institute, an affiliate of City of Hope, has selected MemVerge Memory Machine Big Memory virtualization software to accelerate time to discovery for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), a disease which affects 100,000 people annually in the U.S. Using MemVerge technology, TGen is able to dramatically speed analytical processing by nearly 36% for single-cell RNA sequencing. As a nonprofit medical research institute, TGen researchers process single-cell RNA sequences to characterize cell transcriptomic profiles. The process can take up to six and a half hours to analyze a matrix of 30,000 genes by 114,000 cells. With consistently growing datasets, this processing time was preventing a desired time to discovery. The data required for analysis was simply too large to retain in traditional memory, and scaling capacity with dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) was too costly. TGen has instead deployed memory virtualization technology from MemVerge which virtualizes both DRAM and PMem (persistent memory) memory technologies, to increase the memory pool available for processing without requiring more high-cost DRAM. The solution further speeds TGen's genomics sequencing analysis with Memory Machine ZeroIO in-memory snapshots which capture multi-terabyte data sets at any point for rapid reloads at each stage of processing. The ZeroIO snapshot service is 1,000 times faster than the fastest storage snapshot to SSD and enables TGen to run processing workflows in parallel. This ensures that in the event of a system crash, in-memory snapshots are available to instantly re-start long running jobs without lengthy reloading. By utilizing the snapshotting and cloning capabilities of Memory Machine, we were able to parallelize the processing workflow, As a result, we can now save nearly 36% of computational time while also taking advantage of the big memory nodes. This will save a lot of time in downstream analysis." Glen Otero, Ph.D., Vice President of Scientific Computing at TGen. MemVerge Memory Machine has quickly resulted in research value for TGen, We have removed performance barriers from their research process so that they are able to perform vital, life-saving, research faster than ever possible. Now TGen is expanding the use of Big Memory technology across other research use cases where results and discoveries can produce findings for a healthier tomorrow." Jonathan Jiang, COO of MemVerge. MemVerge Memory Machine makes 100% use of available memory capacity while providing new operational capabilities to memory-centric workloads. Memory Machine answers the need for a modern in-memory computing model to support emerging applications that require real-time analytics, true in-memory computing, and fault-tolerant memory persistence to speed massive processing workloads. About MemVerge MemVerge is pioneering Big Memory Computing and Big Memory Cloud technology for the memory-centric and multi-cloud future. MemVerge® Memory Machine™ is the industry's first software to virtualize memory hardware for fine-grained provisioning of capacity, performance, availability, and mobility. On top of the transparent memory service, Memory Machine provides another industry first, ZeroIO™ in-memory snapshots which can encapsulate terabytes of application state within seconds and enable data management at the speed of memory. The breakthrough capabilities of Big Memory Computing and Big Memory Cloud Technology are opening the door to cloud agility and flexibility for thousands of Big Memory applications.

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Research Demonstrates Novel HIT Receptor Enhances T cell Antigen Sensitivity and Elicits Superior Tumor Control

Mnemo Therapeutics | January 24, 2022

The journal Nature Medicine recently published a study in which researchers developed a novel receptor to enhance recognition of tumors by engineered T cells, addressing an underlying cause for relapsed tumors in patients after chimeric antigen receptor therapy. The study demonstrates high antigen sensitivity of HLA-independent T-cell receptors, created by editing the TCR Alpha Constant chain locus in human peripheralbio blood Tcells. Low antigen expression One major limitation of CARs is antigen escape, when a tumor no longer expresses the antigen detectable by the CARs or expresses them at a very low level; CARs with heightened sensitivity to low-expression level antigens boosts the efficacy of otherwise promising T-cell therapies. In the study, conducted by researchers at New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, researchers produced HIT T-cells and analyzed them in animal models HIT T-cells were engineered from human peripheral blood T-cells by inserting variable region genes in the TRAC locus, endowing the cell with a single specificity for a target antigen such as CD19. Notably, this sensitivity was shown to be higher than traditional CARs for low levels of antigen expression resulting in superior cytotoxicity and cytokine secretion. HIT Tcells outperformed traditional CAR T-cells in vivo in mouse models of B cell leukemia and acute myeloid leukemia, without costimulation. Coexpression of HIT with CD80 and 4-1BBL further augmented therapeutic activity and mouse survival. HIT T-cells are a promising therapy for targeting cancer cell surface antigens with low abundance due to their sensitivity and persistence. The team responsible for this important work includes MSKCC researcher and Mnemo Therapeutics scientific cofounder Michel Sadelain, M.D., Ph.D., MSKCC researcher and Mnemo scientific advisor Isabelle Rivière, Ph.D., as well as Justin Eyquem, Ph.D., University of California San Franciso and Mnemo scientific cofounder. Mnemo's EnfiniT Platform These findings support Mnemo's EnfiniT platform as the next-generation toolkit for CAR-T immunotherapies, which are founded on decades of breakthrough research from Institut Curie and MSKCC, and supported with best-in-class T-cell manufacturing. The EnfiniT platform brings together a suite of technologies to address the key challenges associated with CAR T therapies by both identifying a new class of antigens with greater tumor specificity and applying a range of technologies to significantly improve T-cell memory, persistence and sensitivity. The goal is to dramatically improve the body's ability to fight and overcome disease. About Mnemo Therapeutics Mnemo Therapeutics is a biotechnology company focused on the development of powerful new cell therapies. With its EnfiniT platform, Mnemo applies a novel, integrated approach to T-cell therapy to transform the body's immune response to overcome disease. Mnemo is headquartered in Paris with an office in New York City, and it maintains state of the art laboratories in Paris, New York, and Princeton, New Jersey. The company leverages an international talent pool and global resources in its quest to create accessible cures for all patients in need.

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MacroGenics Uses Genedata Profiler to Improve Immunotherapy Development

MacroGenics, Genedata | April 20, 2021

Genedata, the leading supplier of enterprise software solutions for biopharmaceutical R&D, revealed today a long-term collaboration agreement with MacroGenics, a biopharmaceutical firm and emerging pioneer in discovering and commercializing innovative immune-oncology therapeutics. The agreement provides MacroGenics access to Genedata Profiler® as well as consulting services to aid in the platform's accelerated adoption and integration into MacroGenics' R&D infrastructure. The use of Genedata Profiler improves MacroGenics' ability to generate new hypotheses from combined databases from both proprietary and public sources, assisting in the interpretation of biomarker data and the design of clinical trials. The Genedata Profiler software provides MacroGenics with a comprehensive solution that solves a variety of problems while also presenting new possibilities, such as: • Aggregation and curation of dispersed clinical and non-clinical research data, in a central repository, to create an institutional memory; • Self-service access to data and easy-to-use analytical tools empowers data scientists and clinicians to run complex analyses in a controlled and secure environment; • Cross-study and cross-technology data integration and analysis unlock actionable insights and facilitate informed decision-making; and • Automated workflows for data harmonization, integration, and analytics streamlines and standardizes analytical processes, while ensuring data reproducibility. MacroGenics profits from Genedata's technical domain experience in data analytics and interpretation, IT support, and scientific consulting in addition to software while retaining sole ownership of its proprietary data. The MacroGenics science team is collaborating closely with Genedata experts to unlock the potential of their data and advance their translational and clinical research programs. MacroGenics will be able to produce new scientific insights and hypotheses due to the streamlined, data-driven approach provided by Genedata Profiler. • Accelerate the discovery and development of predictive biomarkers indicative of therapy response to define the best subpopulation of patients to benefit from their immunotherapies, • Identify drugs’ specific indications to improve clinical trials inclusion criteria, • Determine the therapeutic mechanism of action (pharmacodynamics) to strengthen the rationale of the treatment regimen. Genedata Profiler, which is already in operation, has advanced MacroGenics' internal data organization and formatting. Data integration workflows and applied analytics conducted within the system have enhanced many existing translational/clinical trials and resulted in findings for presentations at international conferences (ASCO, ASH). MacroGenics will continue to work with Genedata to improve their analytical capability to help forward and reverse translational studies. About Genedata Genedata transforms data into intelligence with innovative software solutions and domain-specific consulting services that automate complex, large-scale experimental processes and enable organizations to maximize the ROI in their R&D, spanning early discovery to the clinic. Founded in 1997, Genedata is headquartered in Switzerland with additional offices in Germany, Japan, Singapore, the UK, and the US.

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