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Monday, October 17, 2016 News

Apitope regains global rights to its novel treatment for multiple sclerosis from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Apitope is a drug discovery and development company focused on highly selective therapies that reinstate immune tolerance and thereby treat the underlying cause of autoimmune, as well as allergic diseases. Today Apitope announces it has regained global rights to its compound, ATX-MS-1467, a potentially disease-modifying therapy for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Under the agreement with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, Apitope will regain all rights and clinical data associated with its compound ATX-MS-1467, which just completed a Phase II clinical trial.

Dr Keith Martin, CEO of Apitope, commented: “We believe ATX-MS-1467 has enormous potential for treating MS patients. We are pleased to be regaining the rights to the compound, as well as the clinical data. This will provide us with greater flexibility and control in the clinical development of ATX-MS-1467. We are now able to pursue new business collaborations to enable the further development of this promising treatment. We appreciate the efforts made by the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany -team members in advancing this programme to date.”

ATX-MS-1467 has successfully completed a Phase I clinical trial in six patients with secondary progressive MS (SPMS) and a second Phase I trial in 43 relapsing MS patients, assessing safety as well as biological parameters. Examination of the MRI results (new gadolinium- and total gadolinium-enhancing [Gd+] lesions) demonstrated a decrease of 78% in the number of Gd+ brain lesions in patients with relapsing MS treated with intradermal injection of ATX-MS-1467.

Enrolment in a Phase IIa clinical trial of ATX-MS-1467 in Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis was completed in mid-2015, and the outcome of the study is expected Q4 2016.

The terms of the agreement are not disclosed.

For further information: www.apitope.com
Dr Keith Martin, CEO
Tel: +44 117 370 7720
keith.martin@apitope.com