Coeptis Therapeutics Signs Agreement to Acquire Allogeneic Immuno-Oncology NK Platform in Phase 1 Clinical Trials from Deverra Therapeutics
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Proposed transaction would provide Coeptis with two clinical stage assets leveraging NK cell therapies in relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and hospitalized respiratory infections, as well as preclinical programs for hematologic and solid tumors
Clinical data from AML Clinical Trial Expected during 2H 2023
WEXFORD, PA, USA I April 18, 2023 I Coeptis Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: COEP) ("Coeptis" or "the Company"), a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative cell therapy platforms for cancer, announced it has entered into a binding term sheet with Deverra Therapeutics, Inc. ("Deverra Therapeutics") pursuant to which it has obtained an exclusive right, until August 31, 2023, to negotiate towards the acquisition or license of assets from Deverra Therapeutics 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. Deverra Therapeutics is currently advancing clinical programs investigating these technologies in relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) or high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and patients hospitalized with respiratory viral infections.
The transaction, if finalized, would provide Coeptis with, among other assets, exclusive rights to two FDA approved Investigational New Drug (IND) applications and two Phase 1 clinical trials (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 would gain access to a highly 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. Deverra expects phase I clinical trial data from its AML study to be complete during 2H 2023.
Additionally, subject to the successful negotiation and completion of any proposed transaction, Deverra Therapeutics' current Scientific Founder, Chief Scientific Officer and EVP, Research & Development, Colleen Delaney, MD, would be expected to assume the position of Chief Scientific and Medical Officer at Coeptis Therapeutics. Dr. Delaney is a world-renowned expert in cell and gene therapy research with more than 20 years' experience in the translation of scientific discovery to clinical practice, including all aspects of cell therapy product development.
"This transaction would greatly expand Coeptis' technology portfolio by incorporation of a cutting-edge allogeneic cell therapy platform with extensive safety and clinical data and align itself with leading experts in the field of cell and gene therapy," said Dave Mehalick, President and CEO of Coeptis Therapeutics. Mr. Mehalick continued, "The addition of these clinical and pre-clinical immune effector cell programs would significantly diversify our R&D capabilities and bring a clinical pipeline with multiple novel approaches to combination cellular immunotherapy approaches, not yet achieved by others. Importantly, the substantial capabilities of the allogeneic cell therapy platform would open new pathways for Coeptis to consider expanding its cell-based therapies beyond autologous CAR T. We are excited about the possibility of exploring the application of both the SNAP-CAR and GEAR technologies to allogeneic, off-the-shelf immune effector cells. The NK and macrophage (MAC) immune effector cell generation from Deverra's platform combined with Coeptis' target specific CARs has the potential to result in development of allogeneic NK and MAC cell therapies."
Dr. Delaney stated: "Deverra's allogeneic cell therapy platform has been in use clinically since 2006, and we have generated significant clinical and safety data since that time. This platform has been shown to provide extreme flexibility and optionality in the generation and modification of multiple distinct immune effector cell types from a single platform. We are excited about the prospect of bringing together our established allogeneic cell platform with the novel targets and technologies from Coeptis to generate first-in-class allogeneic cell therapies to treat a wide range of life-threatening disorders in a cost effective and clinically accessible way."
The proposed transaction is subject to confirmatory due diligence, negotiation and execution of definitive documentation based on agreed terms and other closing conditions, including third party approvals, as well as a right of first refusal in place that a third party possesses and will have a right to exercise. There can be no assurance that the parties will reach a definitive agreement related to the proposed acquisition or license of assets or that, even if any such agreement is reached, any such transaction will be successfully consummated.
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.
SOURCE: Deverra Therapeutics