Immune Pharmaceuticals and Hadasit File a Joint Patent on the Oral Use of Anti-Eotaxin Monoclonal Antibodies, Including Bertilimumab, for the Treatment of GI and Liver Diseases

Jun 7, 2016

NEW YORK, June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc. ("Immune"), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of antibody-based therapeutics for the treatment of inflammatory diseases and cancer, and Hadasit, the Technology Transfer company of The Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem, Israel, announced today that they together filed a provisional patent on the oral use of anti-eotaxin monoclonal antibodies, including Immune's bertilimumab, for the treatment of inflammatory gastro-intestinal (GI) and liver diseases. Immune signed a licensing agreement with Hadasit in conjunction with the provisional patent filing.

"Oral administration of a non-absorbable mouse anti-eotaxin-1 antibody showed biological activity in the gut, and exerted a systemic immuno-modulatory effect to alleviate immune-mediated hepatitis in an animal model. The data suggests that testing for eotaxin-1 serum levels, and using oral bertilimumab, a fully human monoclonal antibody, may enable the identification and treatment of patients with high-eotaxin-1-associated NASH," said Professor Yaron Ilan, Professor of Medicine, Gastro-Enterology and Liver Units and Director, Department of Medicine at Hebrew University's Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel, who conducted the research supporting the provisional patent application.

Immune is currently conducting a double blind placebo controlled phase IIA clinical trial in Ulcerative Colitis, with parenteral bertilimumab. Immune is currently collaborating with Professor Arun Sanyal, former President of the American Liver Association, and Professor of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center to obtain additional insights on the potential role of eotaxin in NASH. Phase II clinical trials in patients with NASH are planned to follow these collaborative studies.

Eotaxin-1, a specific chemokine, plays a role in both innate and adaptive immune responses and modulates the cross-talk between key cells involved in inflammation. Bertilimumab is a first-in-class monoclonal antibody that blocks eotaxin-1, is designed for personalized therapy in inflammatory conditions mediated by high eotaxin-1 levels, among which are Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, NASH, and primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). Alleviation of insulin resistance is also associated with decreased eotaxin-1.

"Personalized therapies may help provide an optimized safety-to-efficacy ratio by selecting patients with higher response rates based on specific biomarkers," adds Professor Ilan. 

About Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc.:

Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: IMNP) applies a personalized approach to treating and developing novel, highly targeted antibody therapeutics to improve the lives of patients with inflammatory diseases and cancer. Immune's lead product candidate, bertilimumab, is in Phase II clinical development for moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis as well as for bullous pemphigoid, an orphan autoimmune dermatological condition. Other indications being considered for development include atopic dermatitis, Crohn's disease, severe asthma and NASH (an inflammatory liver disease). Immune recently expanded its portfolio in immuno-dermatology with topical nano-formulated cyclosporine-A for the treatment of psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Immune's oncology pipeline includes Ceplene/IL-2 approved in Europe and Israel for maintenance remission in AML, Azixa and crolibulin, Phase II-ready vascular disrupting agents, and novel technology platforms; bispecific antibodies and targeted nanotherapeutics, NanomAbs. Immune's additional pipeline includes AmiKet Nano™, a late clinical stage drug candidate for the treatment of neuropathic pain. For more information, visit Immune's website at, the content of which is not a part of this press release.

About Hadasit

Hadasit is the Technology Transfer company of the Hadassah Medical Organisation in Jerusalem, Israel.. The Hadassah Medical Center, established 100 years ago and regarded as one of Israel's primary hospitals, has accumulated a vast amount of knowledge, medical research, dedication and innovation. The combination of practical experience, ability to pinpoint medical needs and cutting-edge research has yielded a huge potential of ideas, innovation and developments in all aspects of medicine, including therapeutics, diagnostics and medical devices.

In order to realize this potential, Hadassah established Hadasit – the business arm which was founded in 1986 as its vehicle for commercialization of medical technologies developed at the hospitals – and has been investing in turning ideas into viable products and services for the benefit of humanity. Hadasit collaborates with leading international companies and research facilities, such as Johnson & Johnson, Harvard Medical School, Teva and others, as well as incubators and venture capital groups such as BiolineRx, Clal Biotechnologies and Pontifax. Hadasit investment and partner companies include Alcobra, Oramed, Kahr Medical, Imuron and others.

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