La Jolla, CA – November 24, 2014 – Sevion Therapeutics (OTCQB: SVON), a biopharmaceutical company which discovers, develops and acquires next-generation biologics for the treatment of cancer and immunological diseases, today announced that it has entered into a research agreement with Avidity NanoMedicines LLC related to the use of Sevion’s chimerasome technology for delivery of nucleic acids. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The Chimerasome, which is based on a single protein that can be assembled to form a spherical protein nanocage encapsulating drugs or nucleic acid therapeutics, can be decorated with antibodies or peptides externally, enabling highly specific cellular targeting of the payload.
“The Chimerasome biologics approach allows for specific optimization of regions of the building block responsible for the key functions required for a successful delivery system, including serum stability, triggered opening and payload release, tunable PK and biodistribution, as well as safety,” said Ronald Martell, CEO of Sevion Therapeutics. “This collaboration is a key example of our effort to leverage our pipeline and platforms through partnership, while we look to advance our internal antibody pipeline and explore in-licensing opportunities.”
About Sevion Therapeutics
Sevion Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company building and developing a portfolio of innovative therapeutics, from both internal discovery and acquisition, for the treatment of cancer and immunological diseases. The Company’s product candidates are derived from multiple key proprietary technology platforms: cell-based arrayed antibody discovery, ultralong antibody scaffolds and Chimerasome nanocages. Sevion has leveraged these technologies to build a pipeline of innovative product candidates. For more information, please visit SevionTherapeutics.com.
About Avidity NanoMedicines
Avidity NanoMedicines is pioneering a new class of therapeutics, antibody-siRNA complexes (ARCs™), which employ antibody-targeted nanoparticles containing siRNA payloads. The technology draws on the targeting associated with antibody-drug conjugates and the selectivity of nucleic acid-based medicines. Through partnerships with academic and industry experts, Avidity is applying its technology to the discovery and development of novel, targeted drugs. Avidity NanoMedicines was founded in 2013, has raised $15 million in venture financing, and entered into a research collaboration with a major pharmaceutical company in December 2013. Avidity NanoMedicines is a privately held company located in La Jolla, California. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.aviditynano.com.
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David Pitts, Argot Partners