Harbour BioMed | February 28, 2022
Harbour BioMed announced that, it has been approved by the Institutional Review Boards to commence phase I trial of its B7H4x4-1BB bispecific antibody in Australia. This study will evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and preliminary anti-tumor activity of HBM7008 in patients with solid tumors.
HBM7008 is generated from our unique and innovative HBICE® platform. It targets Tumor Associated Antigen mediated crosslinking T cell activation through 4-1BB. B7H4 is overexpressed on a variety of solid malignancies, including breast, ovarian, endometrial and non-small cell lung cancers. With its crosslinking dependent specificity on tumors and potent immune modulation activity, HBM7008 has shown excellent safety profile with strong anti-tumor efficacy in the pre-clinical study, including completed response observed in mouse tumor model.
"4-1BB is one of the most promising anti-tumor immune targets, providing new solutions for tumor treatment. Based on preclinical study data, we are highly confident in B7H4x4-1BB bispecific antibody. We will efficiently promote this clinical study to provide an novel, effective and safe treatment for patients, so that more tumor patients can benefit from the innovative therapeutic."
Dr. Xiaoxiang Chen, Chief Development Officer of Harbour BioMed
HBM7008 is a bispecific antibody targeting Tumor Associated Antigen B7H4x4-1BB that not only displays high potency in the T cell co-stimulation and tumor growth inhibition, and potentially may also translate to better safety due to its strict dependency of TAA-mediated crosslinking T cell activation. HBM7008 is one of the fully human bispecific antibodies developed from the HBICE® platform of the Company. It is the only bispecific antibody against these two targets globally. Its unique specificity on tumors and immune modulation activity makes it a promising therapeutics in PD-L1 negative or PD-1/PD-L1 resistant patients. It also has the potential to avoid 4-1BB liver toxicity risk observed in other products with the benefit of its innovative biology mechanisms and bispecific design.
About Harbour BioMed
Harbour BioMed is a global biopharmaceutical company committed to the discovery, development and commercialization of novel antibody therapeutics focusing on immunology and oncology. The Company is building its robust portfolio and differentiated pipeline through internal R&D capability, collaborations with co-discovery and co-development partners and select acquisitions.
NY Metro InfraGard | April 28, 2022
The Bioeconomy Information Sharing and Analysis Center (BIO-ISAC) and New York Metro InfraGard Members Alliance® (NYM-IMA) today announced a partnership to address threats unique to the bioeconomy and enable coordination among stakeholders to facilitate a robust and secure industry.
BIO-ISAC is a critical resource for cyber threat detection, prevention, protection, response, recovery and resilience in the bioeconomy. It helps spur the development and evaluation of defensive tools to address ongoing and emerging threats, and includes vulnerability identification and mitigation, and education and outreach, aimed at reducing risk to the nation's biosecurity infrastructure.
BIO-ISAC partnering with NYM-IMA advances our efforts to strengthen our resilience from attacks on the public and private bioeconomy infrastructure. We look forward to developing our collaboration to further enhance, maintain and implement best practices and standards to improve global digital biosecurity."
Nina Alli, board member of BIO-ISAC.
The bioeconomy is defined as economic activity driven by research and innovation in the life sciences and biotechnology and enabled by technological advances in engineering and in computing and information sciences. A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report published in 2020 values the bioeconomy at more than 5 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, or more than $950 billion.*
The digitization of life sciences has resulted in the emergence of a complex ecosystem plagued with cybersecurity challenges. We are privileged to collaborate with the BIO-ISAC, a team of exceptionally talented technologists. We support their efforts and share their commitment to safeguarding the cybersecurity of the bioeconomy. To protect our bioeconomy adequately, we must constantly assess the current threat landscape and our response capabilities. This collaboration broadens our aperture, and we believe it will have a significant impact."
Jennifer Gold, president, NY Metro InfraGard.
The bioeconomy spans multiple U.S. Critical Infrastructure sectors, including Health Care and Public Health, Critical Manufacturing, Food and Agriculture, Chemical, Energy, Government Facilities, Information Technology, Water and Wastewater, and the Defense Industrial Base Sectors.
BIO-ISAC members are bioeconomy-connected industry leaders, organizations, and academic
institutions connected to Biomanufacturing, BioPharma, BioProducts (synthetic bio), software and hardware vendors, national security, and agriculture. BIO-ISAC also acts as the convening place for trusted international partners to collaborate on digital biosecurity and biological supply chain security issues.
InfraGard is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and members of the private sector for the protection of U.S. Critical Infrastructure. Through seamless collaboration, InfraGard connects owners and operators within critical infrastructure to the FBI, to provide education, information sharing, networking, and workshops on emerging technologies and threats. InfraGard's membership includes business executives, entrepreneurs, lawyers, security personnel, military and government officials, IT professionals, academia and state and local law enforcement—all dedicated to contributing industry-specific insight and advancing national security.
Cyclica Inc. | February 10, 2022
Cyclica Inc. a neo-biotech with the vision to advance the most robust and sustainable drug discovery pipeline, launches Perturba Therapeutics Inc. a spin out from the Stagljar Lab at the University of Toronto, Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research. Perturba is advancing a rich pipeline of assets from undrugged protein-protein interactions (PPIs).
Only a small subset of biologically important drug targets are currently being explored within the pharma industry. Perturba is taking this challenge on by integrating Cyclica’s comprehensive AI-augmented proteome-wide drug design technology with two first-in-class live cell-based assays from the Stagljar Lab. With this integrated AI-augmented drug design and empirical phenotypic approach, Perturba is developing precision therapies that modulate PPIs and PPI-mediated biological processes with a focus on difficult-to-treat cancers. Perturba will initially focus on advancing two EGFR triple mutant inhibitors for non-small cell lung cancer, and four programs targeting small GTPases for various intractable cancers.
Naheed Kurji, Co-Founder, CEO and President of Cyclica indicates that “More than half of all human disease-related proteins are considered undruggable using conventional approaches. As a result, patients suffering from life threatening diseases are left waiting for treatment. What others view as “undruggable”, we see as potential. Perturba represents an important franchise in the pursuit of our cancer strategy. We’re so excited to partner with Professor Stagljar and the world class Stagljar Lab in driving forward our shared vision.”
"over the past two years, my lab has developed two high impact, live cell-based technologies for studying protein-protein interactions and identifying novel drug molecules – MaMTH-DS and SIMPL. Combining these two technologies with Cyclica’s world-class AI-drug design approach will usher in a new way to conduct drug discovery for highly intractable targets in an unprecedented way at scale. I’ve known Naheed and the team at Cyclica for years and jointly have shown multiple proof points using our platforms with a program targeting an osimertinib resistant EGFR triple mutant that we will be progressing in Perturba, and a program targeting an oncogenic KRAS in a separate collaboration that gave us confidence to target other small GTPases in Perturba.”
Dr. Igor Stagljar, Professor at University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine and Principal Investigator at the Donnelly Centre
Seasoned drug developer Rick Panicucci, PhD, SVP at BridgeBio Pharma and a long time advisor at Cyclica has been appointed as non-executive Chairman of Perturba to help oversee the company's strategy. Su Dharmawardhane Flanagan, PhD, Tony Hunter, PhD and Ming Tsao, MD, have been appointed to Perturba’s Scientific Advisory Board. Cyclica will provide initial funding for Perturba and will seek external funding from strategic partners as required.
“I’ve been involved in drug discovery & development for over 25 years. What I can say with certainty is that the way things will be done going forward is going to be very different from how it was done before. I’ve been an advisor at Cyclica for 6 years and have witnessed first hand the power of AI and data-first approaches to drive drug discovery fast and with quality. Now, with Perturba and integrating AI drug design and phenotypic assays opens a whole new way of design-make-test-analyze at scale for target classes that have been ignored for too long,” shares Panicucci.
An integrated oncology focused biotech company for unaddressable and undrugged targets. Founded in 2021 as a venture between Cyclica and the Stagljar Lab at the University of Toronto, Perturba integrates Cyclica’s AI-augmented drug discovery platform with sensitive, live-cell drug screening assays, MaMTH-DS and SIMPL from the Stagljar lab. Perturba is developing precision therapies at scale that modulate PPIs and PPI-mediated biological processes.
Cyclica advances molecules that embrace the complexity of disease. A neo-biotech whose work spans dozens of collaborations with large pharma, biotech and several joint ventures. We are a passionate team of biotech and pharma professionals, biologists, chemists, and computer scientists who live and labour at the intersection of our collective expertise.
About the Stagljar Lab and the Donnelly Centre
The Stagljar lab at the University of Toronto is one of the world leading labs in the field of proteomics/chemical genomics, developing high-throughput technologies to facilitate the study of the protein-protein interactions (PPIs) of various human membrane proteins involved in cancer and rare genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis. The Stagljar lab is currently directing major proteomics/chemical genomics projects to map how integral membrane proteins interact to produce either healthy or diseased cells, to identify novel therapeutic targets, and to screen for novel drugs using artificial intelligence platforms, in particular to target lung, colon, breast and pancreatic cancer. In close collaboration with medicinal chemists and clinical investigators, the Stagljar lab investigates the molecular mechanisms behind challenging, unexplained observations on drugs and on pathological events.
IFF | February 17, 2022
IFF announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Health Wright Products, LLC (HWP), a leader in formulation and capsule manufacturing for the dietary supplement industry.
Founded in 1995, HWP is located in Clackamas, Oregon, USA, and is a privately-owned and long-time business partner of IFF’s Health & Biosciences probiotics business. HWP is a global leader in the consumer Health and Nutrition industries, providing the highest-quality nutritional supplements. Using state-of-the-art processes and equipment, HWP manufactures custom formulations, and delivers encapsulation and packaging to meet the industries’ more exacting requirements for probiotic products. With over 165,000 ft2 (15,328 m2) of manufacturing space, the company generated approximately $100 million in annual revenue in 2021 and employed over 225 people who will continue with the company after the sale.
The acquisition will bring formulation and finished format capabilities to IFF’s Health & Biosciences probiotics, natural extracts and botanicals businesses, allowing for innovation in custom formulation and combination products through joint capabilities.
“Today’s announcement is driven by our commitment to enhance long-term value to our partners and customers. Producing thousands of unique and complex formulations for the industry’s most trusted brands, Health Wright Products formulation and finished format abilities will allow us to develop new and customized solutions and formats for a broad base of customers,”
Simon Herriott, President, IFF’s Health & Biosciences division
“We look forward to joining IFF’s Health & Biosciences division. Health Wright Products best-in-class quality manufacturing and formulation capabilities, combined with the strong biotech innovation pipeline of IFF’s Health & Biosciences, is an exciting proposition for our customers and employees,” said Mark Wright, President, Health Wright Products.
The sale is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions, and regulatory clearances. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
About Health Wright Products, LLC.
At Health Wright Products, a contract manufacture of dietary supplements, Quality, Service and Value have been the driving principles in our commitment to exceeding customers’ expectations. We partner with brands committed to the same driving principles for themselves and their customers. As a global industry leader, we leverage innovation, technology, experience and capacity to offer better solutions to current and emerging products. Providing better health by Encapsulating Excellence.
About IFF’s Health & Biosciences division
Inspired by nature and distinguished by its world-class bioscience and microbiome capabilities, IFF’s Health & Biosciences division is a leading innovation partner for customers across a broad range of consumer product, industrial and agricultural sectors. IFF’s Health & Biosciences division works closely with our customers to enhance products – and their processes – to deliver safer, healthier and more sustainable solutions.
Welcome to IFF
At IFF an industry leader in food, beverage, health, biosciences and scent, science and creativity meet to create essential solutions for a better world – from global icons to unexpected innovations and experiences. With the beauty of art and the precision of science, we are an international collective of thinkers who partners with customers to bring scents, tastes, experiences, ingredients and solutions for products the world craves.