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EpiVax-Novozymes Tregitope-Albumin Fusion Moves 'Paradigm-Shifting' Treatment for Diabetes Closer to Clinical Trials
Date:2/12/2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- EpiVax, Inc. is pleased to announce a new Collaborative Research Agreement with Novozymes Biopharma. The collaboration will enable EpiVax to rapidly advance its Tregitope immune-modulating technology as a potential treatment for autoimmune diseases. When used as a buffering agent, albumin has excellent safety and pharmacokinetic profiles. Fusing Tregitopes to Novozymes' proven albumin-based half-life extension platform will create a safe and effective vehicle for the application of Tregitopes to multiple problems in the areas of autoimmunity, transplantation, and allergy.

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Tregitopes, discovered by Anne De Groot and Bill Martin at EpiVax, are linear sequences of amino acids contained within the framework of monoclonal antibodies and immunoglobulin G; the original finding was published in the journal Blood in 2008. Since their discovery, EpiVax has compiled substantial evidence linking Tregitopes to the activation of natural regulatory T cells. By selectively activating these natural regulatory T cells, Tregitopes can dampen unwanted immune responses. Preliminary studies carried out by EpiVax and collaborators indicate that Tregitopes may be useful for inducing tolerance to transplants, protein drugs, and blood replacement therapies, as well as for the treatment of allergies. EpiVax believes Tregitopes may explain the effectiveness of intravenous immunoglobulin G (IVIG), widely utilized as an autoimmune treatment (a $4B annual market).

The initial disease target for Tregitope therapy with the albumin-Tregitope fusion will be Type 1 diabetes (T1D). Each year, more than 13,000 young people are diagnosed with T1D. Islet replacement t
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