IPA Selected to Work with Elektrofi on COVID-19 Therapeutic Delivery and Future Pandemic Preparation under SBIR Contract from Defense Health Agency within US Department of Defense
• Companies to pursue a low-volume injectable formulation of IPA’s COVID-19 antibody cocktail, PolyTope® TATX-03
• The new formulation, TATX-03E, aims to address the patient need for a stable, low-volume, self-injectable formulation that is deployment ready
• TATX-03E may further serve unmet patient needs by providing immunodeficient patients in need of routine administration with an at home, self-administered, medication
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS (USA), March 14, 2022 – Elektrofi (ELEKTROFI, INC) & IPA (IMMUNOPRECISE ANTIBODIES LTD.) (NASDAQ: IPA) (TSXV: IPA) today announced they are entering into a collaboration to explore a high-concentration formulation of IPA’s COVID-19 antibody cocktail, PolyTope® TATX-03. This collaboration aims to generate an IND-enabling data package for the FDA for an alternatively formulated version of TATX-03, named TATX-03E, that could be easily self-administered in a non-healthcare setting. By joining forces, the parties anticipate formulating TATX-03E for stable and rapid distribution to the consumer, a drug product ideally suited to serve unmet needs for rapid deployment, field use, and higher frequency dosing for immunocompromised individuals requiring on-going access to therapies and prophylaxis.
The collaboration between Elektrofi and IPA will be supported by Elektrofi’s contract with the DHA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program within the Department of Defense (DoD). The companies will begin by conducting formulation feasibility studies followed by IND-enabling, non-clinical studies to establish safety and efficacy with the novel formulation.
“We are impressed by the neutralizing activity demonstrated by ImmunoPrecise’s antibody cocktail against current variants of concern, including Omicron. Nearly all other programs we have looked into partnering with do not demonstrate the ability to neutralize so many variants,” said Daniel Dadon, Director of Scientific Strategy at Elektrofi. “We look forward to working with IPA to develop a product that could potentially improve access to this class of life saving medicines and reduce the burden on healthcare systems.”
“Antibodies have been an essential asset for COVID-19 patients since their introduction earlier in the pandemic,” said Dr. Jennifer Bath, CEO and President of IPA. “We are excited to be working with Elektrofi and applying their formulation technology to these critical therapies, as self-administration could significantly alleviate the burden associated with COVID-19 and future pandemics, as well as other diseases.”
Elektrofi is a biotechnology company focused on improving administration for a wide range of medicines including monoclonal antibodies, therapeutic proteins, and other large molecule drugs. Its breakthrough formulation platform enables stabilized, highly concentrated formulations for subcutaneous administration. The company is using this technology to transform therapies that are administered intravenously, and to enhance injectable products by reducing the volume and frequency of dosing. Elektrofi partners with pharmaceutical companies to jointly develop patient-friendly delivery solutions. Headquartered in Boston, the company is shaping the future of biologics delivery. Visit www.elektrofi.com for more information.
ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd. is a biotherapeutic, innovation-powered company that supports its business partners in their quest to discover and develop novel antibodies against a broad range of target classes and diseases. The Company offers a hybrid of services and programs with advanced platforms and technologies — dynamic scientists and business advisors — to optimize antibody discovery and development, against rare and/or challenging epitopes. For further information, visit www.ipatherapeutics.com.
Daniel B. Dadon
IPA Investor Contact
Forward Looking Information
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