Equillium, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQ), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing novel therapies to treat serious inflammatory and autoimmune disorders with high unmet medical need, today announced a presentation at the 6the Annual dermatological drug development summit. The presentation highlights Equillium’s EQ101 multi-cytokine inhibitor as a novel molecular compound to treat alopecia areata. Dr. Stephen Connelly, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Equillium, presented data on the first trispecific inhibitor in his class, targeting IL-2, IL-9 and IL-15. The Summit will take place at the Boston Park Plaza from November 1-3.
“Responsible for the signaling of more than 50 cytokines, the JAK/STAT pathways have become key targets for drug development, with multiple JAK inhibitors approved over the last decade. The problem, however, is that only a handful of these cytokines contribute to disease pathology, while the rest are physiologically important, leading to treatment-emergent toxicities and long-term safety concerns from regulators.” Dr. Connelly said. “EQ101 is a first-in-class trispecific cytokine inhibitor that selectively targets IL-2, IL-9 and IL-15 at the receptor level that may provide significant advantages over other approaches, including JAK inhibition. These cytokines have been shown to be important in multiple dermatological diseases and with EQ101 previously achieving a favorable safety profile and clinical validation in the treatment of patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, we hope to initiate a Phase 2 clinical study in subjects with alopecia areata, very early”.
The presentation, titled “EQ101: A Multi-Specific Cytokine Inhibitor to Treat Alopecia Areata”, focuses on how the multi-cytokine inhibitor (MCi) platform has been used to target the common gamma receptor to generate EQ101. Early human studies of EQ101 were safe and well tolerated, while a previous phase 1/2 proof-of-concept study in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) demonstrated clinically significant improvement in skin scores. EQ101 was also shown to be more effective than ruxolitinib in hair regrowth and suppression of cytotoxic CD8+ T cells in an immune-mediated hair loss model. EQ101’s differentiated approach to blocking multiple cytokines at the receptor level may provide a more selective and potent treatment approach than direct JAK inhibition and may well position the molecule as an alternative or replacement for JAK inhibitors.
The presentation is available in the Multi-Cytokine tab of the Presentations in the Technology section of the company website.
About the Multi-Cytokine Platform: EQ101 and EQ102
Our proprietary Multi-Cytokine Platform (MCP) generates rationally designed composite peptides that selectively block key cytokines at the shared receptor level and target pathogenic cytokine redundancies and synergies while preserving nonpathogenic signaling. This approach provides receptor-level inhibition of multiple cytokines and is expected to avoid the broad immunosuppression and off-target safety liabilities that may be associated with other therapeutic classes, such as JAK inhibitors. Many immune-mediated diseases are driven by the same combination of dysregulated cytokines, and we believe that identifying the key cytokines for these diseases will allow us to identify and develop personalized treatment strategies for multiple autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.
Current MCP assets include EQ101, a first-class, selective, trispecific inhibitor of IL-2, IL-9, and IL-15, and EQ102, a first-class, selective, bispecific inhibitor of IL-15 and IL-21. .
Equillium is a clinical-stage biotechnology company harnessing a deep understanding of immunobiology to develop novel therapies to treat serious autoimmune and inflammatory disorders with high unmet medical need. The company’s pipeline consists of the following novel immunomodulatory actives that target immunoinflammatory pathways. Itolizumab, a first-in-class monoclonal antibody that targets the CD6-ALCAM signaling pathway that plays a central role in modulating effector T cells, is currently in a phase 3 study for patients with acute graft disease. against host (aGVHD). ) and is in a phase 1b study for patients with lupus/lupus nephritis. EQ101 is a first-in-class trispecific cytokine inhibitor that selectively targets IL-2, IL-9 and IL-15. Equillium expects to begin enrolling patients in a phase 2 alopecia areata study of EQ101 in the fourth quarter of 2022. EQ102 is a bispecific cytokine inhibitor that selectively targets IL-15 and IL-21. Equinlium is currently enrolling patients in a phase 1 study of EQ102, including healthy volunteers and patients with celiac disease.
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