Coeptis bolsters pipeline with two Phase 1 clinical stage assets leveraging NK cell therapies in relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML)/high risk MDS and hospitalized respiratory infections, as well as preclinical programs for hematologic and solid tumors
WEXFORD, Pa., Aug. 17, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Coeptis Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: COEP) (“Coeptis” or “the Company”), a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative cell therapy platforms for cancer, announced that it has completed the exclusive license of key assets from Deverra Therapeutics Inc. (“Deverra”) related to its proprietary allogeneic stem cell expansion and directed differentiation platform for the generation of multiple distinct immune effector cell types, including natural killer (NK) and monocyte/macrophages. The transaction enables Coeptis to further build its pipeline by adding a patented, elegant, and scalable allogeneic immune cell manufacturing platform that aligns with its existing SNAP-CAR and GEAR technologies, increasing the potential for accelerated product development.
As a result of the transaction, Coeptis acquires exclusive rights to two Investigational New Drug (IND) applications and two assets in the Phase 1 clinical trial stage (NCT04901416, NCT04900454) investigating infusion of DVX201, an unmodified natural killer (NK) cell therapy generated from pooled donor CD34+ cells, in hematologic malignancies and viral infections. In addition, Coeptis augments its existing portfolio of cell therapy product candidates with a distinctly scalable allogeneic cellular immunotherapy platform that is being developed to generate and deliver off-the-shelf (no HLA matching), cost effective, on-demand cell therapies to a broad patient population.
In addition to the Phase 1 assets, this transaction equips Coeptis to begin infusing its existing pipeline assets with allogeneic technologies that are clinical stage-ready, helping to accelerate development efforts on targeted novel products, including potentially the development of allogeneic engineered NK and MAC cell therapies.
“Finalizing this transaction represents a pivotal transition of Coeptis into a clinical stage company with novel, synergistic and differentiated cell therapy pipeline candidates,” said Dave Mehalick, President and CEO of Coeptis Therapeutics. “As we move forward, I am excited to work with Colleen Delaney, MD, a visionary scientist whose career has been dedicated to researching and advancing all aspects of cell therapy product development. A true leader in the field, Colleen’s experience and leadership will be invaluable as we progress our expanded pipeline towards our ultimate goal of bringing improved treatments to patients in need.”
Under the transaction, Coeptis paid to Deverra approximately $570,000 in cash and issued to Deverra 4,000,000 shares of Coeptis’ common stock.
About Coeptis Therapeutics Holdings, Inc.
Coeptis Therapeutics Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries including Coeptis Therapeutics, Inc. and Coeptis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (collectively “Coeptis”), is a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative cell therapy platforms for cancer that have the potential to disrupt conventional treatment paradigms and improve patient outcomes. Coeptis’ product portfolio and rights are highlighted by a universal, multi-antigen CAR T technology licensed from the University of Pittsburgh (SNAP-CAR), and the GEAR™ cell therapy and companion diagnostic platforms, which Coeptis is developing with VyGen-Bio and leading medical researchers at the Karolinska Institutet. Coeptis’ business model is designed around maximizing the value of its current product portfolio and rights through in-license agreements, out-license agreements and co-development relationships, as well as entering into strategic partnerships to expand its product rights and offerings, specifically those targeting cancer. The Company is headquartered in Wexford, PA. For more information on Coeptis visit https://coeptistx.com/.
About Deverra Therapeutics
Deverra Therapeutics is a privately held clinical stage biotechnology company dedicated to the development of allogeneic, off-the-shelf (no matching required) cellular immunotherapies for on-demand treatment of patients with cancer and infectious diseases. Deverra is the only company with a proprietary and clinically proven stem cell expansion technology that also serves as starting material for generation of multiple fully functional immune effector cells that can also be engineered to be potent killers of cancer cells. Deverra was a pioneer developing universal non-HLA matched allogeneic and off-the-shelf cell therapies that have been utilized in multiple clinical trials with no safety concerns.
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