Our Approach to Immunotherapy
With the interdisciplinary experience of Anaveon’s team, the drug development process comes naturally, allowing us to focus on the results. We generate therapeutic hypotheses, and we use cutting-edge science to translate them into drugs – starting with targeted immunotherapy for cancer.
Our Unique Approach To IL-2 Immunotherapy
IL-2 Acts Through Different IL-2 Receptors
CD4+ regulatory T cells (Treg) limit anti-tumor responses
Pulmonary endothelial cells contribute to dose limiting toxicity
CD8 + T cells
NK cells promote anti-tumor responses
While recombinant IL-2 (Proleukin®) has shown efficacy in the treatment of metastatic melanoma and renal cell carcinoma, it has major drawbacks, which result in a limited therapeutic window.
- IL-2 simultaneously promotes the proliferation of anti-tumor CD8 T cells and also tumor-protective regulatory T cells, resulting in limited efficacy.
- It is only active in the body for a short time, so it must be administered three times a day.
- Its toxicity limits the dose that patients can receive.
Lack of selectivity
Short in vivo half-life – Frequent dosing
The culmination of our research is ANV419, which is now ready to enter clinical development. It is a rationally engineered fusion protein that is a stable, antibody-like molecule.
ANV419 is expected to:
Have better efficacy with excellent selectivity for CD8+ cells
Result in better safety, no severe toxic events were observed in preclinical trials
Require less frequent dosing as it is stable for longer in the body
Our Progress to Date
ANV419 has demonstrated efficacy in mouse syngeneic tumor models and class-leading pharmacodynamic effects with excellent safety in non-human primates. The production, formulation, and stability of ANV419 have been well established and clinical supply is on target for the first clinical study.
Second-generation ANV419-based compounds with targeted biodistribution are in early preclinical development for specific cancer indications.
Cancer treatments often work more powerfully in combination, and we are working with collaborators to explore the potential of ANV419 to synergize with other modes of action. We are looking at the efficacy of ANV419 in combination with both antigen-agnostic therapies, such as checkpoint inhibitors and targeted therapies, and antigen-specific therapies such as vaccines.
With our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and network of CROs, we have the means to identify drug candidates, develop them and progress them through early phase clinical trials, in order to get treatments ready for late-stage development and registration trials.
Intellectual Property (IP)
In addition to a worldwide exclusive license to IP generated at Novartis and UZH, Anaveon has strong IP and proprietary know-how estate covering its innovative technology. We continue to strengthen this IP portfolio by filing patent applications on new approaches for specific oncology and non-oncology indications.