BioArctic has announced that the European Patent Office (EPO) has issued a decision to grant the European patent for novel antibodies that could be developed into a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.
The antibodies target a shorter (truncated) form of amyloid beta (pE3-Aβ) and are linked to the company’s project AD1503. The patent enters into force on 27 January 2021 and expires in 2030.
Novel antibodies which target pE3-Ab
BioArctic’s newly granted patent focuses on novel antibodies which target pE3-Ab, a specific truncated form of amyloid beta. Monomers of pE3-Ab are highly prone to aggregate, leading to the formation of harmful soluble Ab aggregates which cause debilitating cognitive and other symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease.
The granted patent underlines BioArctic’s commitment in the brain diseases field in general and in Alzheimer’s disease research specifically. By focusing on additional forms of amyloid beta species in the disease cascade, BioArctic broadens the company’s scope to affect the disease pathology in addition to lecanemab (BAN2401) – the company’s primary Alzheimer’s disease drug candidate currently in phase 3 – widening the field for future treatment possibilities.
“We are pleased that our patent has been granted for these novel antibodies. More than 30 million people around the world live with Alzheimer’s disease today and there is a large medical need. We continue to work tirelessly to develop and give these patients access to the treatments they deserve,” says Gunilla Osswald, CEO, BioArctic.
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