CytoDyn Announces Collaboration with Dr. Bruce Torbett, The Scripps Research Institute, to study PRO 140 in a Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Model of HIV Infection
PORTLAND, Ore.-- CytoDyn Inc. (“CytoDyn”) (OTC QB: CYDY), a biotechnology company focused on the development of new therapies for combating infection with immune deficiency viruses, announced today that it has entered into a research collaboration with Dr. Bruce Torbett of The Scripps Research Institute to study CytoDyn's experimental humanized anti-CCR5 antibody PRO 140 in a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) model of HIV infection.
The purpose of this study is to assess the potential for the use of PRO 140 to prevent HIV infection. “Published clinical data has demonstrated that PRO 140 has anti-viral activity. We believe that it is an important next step for the company to investigate the possibility that PRO 140 might have a role in HIV prevention,” commented Dr. Nader Pourhassan, CytoDyn’s President and CEO.
“It is well established that CCR5 is an essential co-receptor required for HIV infection,” said Dr. Richard Trauger, CytoDyn’s Chief Scientific Officer. “Previously published results from clinical trial subjects have shown that a single administration of PRO 140 can coat CCR5 positive cells for up to 45 days, potentially rendering them resistant to HIV infection. The duration of this effect may allow for an infrequent dosing regimen suitable for the use of PRO 140 in a preventive setting. We are excited to initiate this collaboration with Dr. Torbett to determine, in an animal model of HIV infection, whether administration of PRO 140 can prevent or significantly diminish a primary HIV infection.”
CytoDyn is a biotechnology company focused on developing subcutaneously delivered humanized cell-specific monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) as entry inhibitors for the treatment and prevention of HIV and FIV. We currently have two mAbs under development for HIV infection. PRO 140, recently acquired from Progenics Pharmaceuticals, is a Late Stage II humanized mAb with demonstrated antiviral activity in man. PRO 140 blocks the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) co-receptor CCR5 without affecting the normal function of the molecule. Results from Phase I and Phase IIa human clinical trials have shown that PRO 140 can significantly reduce viral burden in people infected with HIV. CytoDyn intends to continue to develop PRO 140 as a therapeutic anti-viral agent in persons infected with HIV. The second humanized mAb under development is Cytolin, which targets LFA-1, a membrane associated molecule reported to be important for entry and fusion of HIV to target cells and for cell-to-cell transmission. CytoDyn is also exploring the possibility that its anti-LFA-1 strategy to control HIV infection may be effective to treat feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) a retroviral infection in cats, as well. To test this hypothesis, CytoDyn is developing CytoFeline, a monoclonal antibody that blocks feline LFA-1. For more information please go to www.cytodyn.com.
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Released February 26, 2013