Immunomic Therapeutics Licenses Investigational Canine Dermatitis Therapy to ZENOAQ
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc. (ITI), a privately held, Maryland-based biotechnology company, announced that the company has granted Japanese animal health company, ZENOAQ (Nippon Zenyaku Kogyo Co., Ltd, Koriyama, Japan) an exclusive license to develop and commercialize its investigational DNA vaccine, ITI-002, for canine atopic dermatitis and other companion animal allergies. The therapy was developed using ITI’s proprietary UNITE™ (UNiversal Intracellular Targeted Expression) platform, which harnesses the natural biochemistry of humans and other mammals to develop vaccines that trigger broad immune responses.
“Our UNITE platform continues to generate sophisticated investigational DNA and RNA vaccines for indications in both humans and animals,” said Dr. William Hearl, CEO of Immunomic Therapeutics. “Investigating the application of our technology to this significant health problem for dogs has been an important part of our allergy research and development program for the last few years. We are very pleased to have such a strong animal health partner in ZENOAQ to continue the development process and strive to bring this product to market. We are confident with their extensive experience in the animal health market and believe that they will be able to commercialize this potentially high-value treatment for dog allergy worldwide.”
Atopic dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects an estimated 10-15 percent of dogs1. The disease is caused by an allergic reaction to common environmental substances, such as grass, dust mites, and mold. ITI’s experimental vaccine is designed to build tolerance to a number of these allergens through the delivery of key nucleotide sequences (for example, those encoding for dust mites).
“Canine atopic dermatitis is a life-long condition that negatively impacts both the animal and its owner,” said ZENOAQ President Toshikazu Fukui. “Immunomic’s immunotherapy platform combines many technological and scientific advances, producing vaccines that could really usher in a new era of treatment, targeting the root cause of the inflammation.”
As part of the agreement, ZENOAQ will also receive exclusive rights to option other UNITE-based therapies and indications within animal health, including oncology.