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#POLB Poolbeg Pharma – US patents granted for POLB 001 and POLB 002

26 May 2022 – Poolbeg Pharma (AIM: POLB, OTCQB: POLBF, ‘Poolbeg’ or the ‘Company’), a clinical stage infectious disease pharmaceutical company with a unique capital light clinical model, has been granted patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for POLB 001, a small molecule immunomodulator for the treatment of severe influenza and POLB 002, a first-in-class, intranasally administered RNA-based immunotherapy for respiratory virus infections.

 

POLB 001

The USPTO granted a patent for the majority of Poolbeg’s claims around the use of certain p38 MAP kinase (mitogen-activated protein kinase) inhibitors for the treatment or prevention of severe influenza and the hypercytokinaemia (or “cytokine storm”) it causes through modulation of the immune response (reducing the body’s hyperinflammatory response to the virus). To further strengthen its position, Poolbeg will pursue a continuation patent application to augment the protection offered by this patent family.

 

Poolbeg holds the worldwide rights to POLB 001 for all uses in humans and as such, is exploring the opportunity to expand its IP around this asset to cover new disease areas which would maximise the value of the asset for partnering purposes.

 

POLB 002

The USPTO granted a patent for the identification of defective interfering (DI) RNA-based influenza viruses for use against infection by influenza, that provides a drug candidate with both antiviral prophylactic and therapeutic applications. By having a dual mechanism of action POLB 002 (which was identified using this method) directly interferes with influenza virus replication blocking disease progression and also triggers nasal cells into an antiviral state . In this way, POLB 002 could provide pan-viral protection from respiratory virus infections including influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), SARS-CoV-2 and others.

 

The Company is continuing working with its patent advisors to broaden and expand the POLB 001 and POLB 002 patent families.

 

Jeremy Skillington, PhD, CEO of Poolbeg Pharma, said:

“The additional US patent protection of POLB 001 and POLB 002 is an important step in the commercialisation of these novel infectious disease products. Enhancing the IP protection of these assets across key markets such as the US increases the overall value of these products to potential partners, particularly as we move closer to the commencement of our POLB 001 LPS human challenge trial next month with data expected by year end and monetisation to commence thereafter.”

 

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Enquiries

Poolbeg Pharma Plc

Jeremy Skillington, CEO

Ian O’Connell, CFO

 

 

+44 (0) 207 183 1499

finnCap Ltd (Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker)

Geoff Nash, James Thompson, Charlie Beeson
Richard Chambers, Sunila de Silva (ECM)

 

 

+44 (0) 207 220 0500

Arden Partners PLC (Joint Broker)

John Llewellyn-Lloyd, Louisa Waddell

 

 

+44 (0) 207 614 5900

J&E Davy (Joint Broker)

Anthony Farrell, Niall Gilchrist

 

 

+353 (0) 1 679 6363

Instinctif Partners

Melanie Toyne Sewell, Rozi Morris, Tim Field

 

+44 (0) 20 7457 2020

poolbeg@instinctif.com

#ORPH Open Orphan – Completion of Nominated Adviser due diligence

Open Orphan plc (AIM: ORPH), a rapidly growing specialist contract research organisation (CRO) and world leader in testing infectious and respiratory disease products using human challenge clinical trials, announces that further to the appointment of Liberum Capital Limited (“Liberum”) as its Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker on 28 April 2022, Liberum has confirmed that is has completed its due diligence .

 

For further information please contact:

 

Open Orphan plc

+44 20 7756 1300

Yamin Khan, Chief Executive Officer

Liberum Capital (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker)

  +44 (0) 20 3100 2000

Ben Cryer / Edward Mansfield / Phil Walker / Will King

finnCap plc (Joint Broker)

+44 (0) 20 7220 0500

Geoff Nash / James Thompson / Richard Chambers

Davy (Euronext Growth Adviser and Joint Broker)

+353 (0) 1 679 6363

Anthony Farrell

Walbrook PR (Financial PR & IR)

Paul McManus / Sam Allen /

Louis Ashe-Jepson

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#POLB Poolbeg Pharma – GMP manufacturing contract signed

Poolbeg Pharma (AIM: POLB, OTCQB: POLBF, ‘Poolbeg’ or the ‘Company’), a clinical stage infectious disease pharmaceutical company with a unique capital light clinical model, announces an update on its lead asset, POLB 001, a small molecule immunomodulator which aims to address a significant unmet need in severe influenza. The Company has signed a contract for GMP manufacturing, ensuring ample supply of GMP grade POLB 001 for use in its upcoming LPS human challenge clinical trial, due to commence in June 2022, and for use in investigating POLB 001 as a treatment for other disease indications.

 

POLB 001 has potential therapeutic applications beyond severe influenza, due to its mode of action of reducing hyperinflammation which is linked with many diseases. This is when harmful inflammation occurs in different areas of the body, such as the heart and lungs, causing organ damage.  POLB 001 can block this from happening. The Company holds the worldwide rights to POLB 001 for all uses in humans and as such, is in a position to expand its IP around this asset to cover new disease areas which greatly increases the value of the program for partnering purposes. Following receipt of the results from the upcoming bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) human challenge trial, the Company aims to rapidly monetise POLB 001 by partnering or out licensing the product to pharma / biotech for further development and commercialization.

 

The GMP manufacturing of the product began in late 2021 to ensure that sufficient grade and quantities of the product is available for use in the forthcoming human challenge trial which is due to commence in June 2022, with first results expected before the end of the year. The Company now has a validated manufacturing process for the development of the product for use in its clinical development for multiple disease areas.

 

The Company signed the Clinical Trial Agreement with the Centre for Human Drug Research (CHDR) in March 2022 for the upcoming LPS human challenge study. As part of the study, which is being completed in line with the Company’s capital light approach, researchers will stimulate healthy volunteers’ immune systems with LPS which triggers a robust immune response acting as a simulant for the hyperinflammatory effects associated with severe influenza infections, as well as other diseases. The study will provide key human data on the efficacy of POLB 001 in dampening the immune response in otherwise healthy volunteers.

 

Jeremy Skillington, PhD, CEO of Poolbeg Pharma said: “Preparations for the upcoming clinical trial of our lead asset, POLB 001, are progressing well and we are delighted to have executed a GMP manufacturing contract ensuring ample supply of POLB 001 for use in its clinical development for severe influenza and beyond.

 

With a mode of action which reduces the body’s hyperinflammatory response, POLB 001 has the potential to address several disease indications beyond severe influenza, and with our exclusive license for all human uses this could provide Poolbeg with the opportunity to greatly increase the value of the program for partnering and monetisation of POLB 001 to pharma or biotech companies.”

 

Note: Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is the regulatory code of standards that a medicine’s manufacturer must meet in its production processes to enable administration to humans.

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Enquiries

Poolbeg Pharma Plc

Jeremy Skillington, CEO

Ian O’Connell, CFO

 

+44 (0) 207 183 1499

finnCap Ltd (Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker)

Geoff Nash, James Thompson, Charlie Beeson
Richard Chambers, Sunila de Silva (ECM)

 

+44 (0) 207 220 0500

Arden Partners PLC (Joint Broker)

John Llewellyn-Lloyd, Louisa Waddell

 

+44 (0) 207 614 5900

J&E Davy (Joint Broker)

Anthony Farrell, Niall Gilchrist

 

+353 (0) 1 679 6363

Instinctif Partners

Melanie Toyne Sewell, Rozi Morris, Tim Field

 

+44 (0) 20 7457 2020

poolbeg@instinctif.com

#ORPH Open Orphan – Vaccine field study contract

Open Orphan plc (AIM: ORPH), a rapidly growing specialist contract research organisation (CRO) and world leader in testing infectious and respiratory disease products using human challenge clinical trials, announces that hVIVO , a subsidiary of Open Orphan, has been awarded a new study with an existing Big Pharma client to act as a vaccination site for a Phase II field study of the client’s respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine candidate.

 

As part of the study, hVIVO will recruit 60 healthy volunteers to the Company’s new site clinic at Plumbers Row, where they will then be inoculated with either the RSV vaccine candidate or a placebo. As opposed to a human challenge study, where volunteers would then be challenged and quarantined within hVIVO’s FluCamp facilities, these participants will then be free to leave the facilities. Participants will then be monitored for RSV symptoms over the following months, with regular clinical check-ups at Plumbers Row, to assess the efficacy of the vaccine candidate and its ability to prevent illness through RSV. The study is expected to begin in Q3 2022 with the majority of revenue from the contract recognised in 2023.

 

This is the first vaccine field study the Company has been awarded since it announced the expansion of its facilities on 8 March 2022 . In addition to the core human challenge studies the expansion has enabled Open Orphan to provide a larger service offering including non-first in human Phase I trials such as PK (pharmacokinetics) studies, bridging studies and Phase II trials in patients and healthy volunteers.  

 

The volunteers for the study will be recruited through the Company’s specialist volunteer recruitment arm, FluCamp . FluCamp has decades of experience attracting suitable healthy subjects to meet recruitment requirements, primarily sourcing subjects for hVIVO trials to date. FluCamp’s large database, tech-enabled platform and recently improved screening capabilities will mean that hVIVO is able to efficiently recruit and assess potential volunteers for its client’s field studies in a timely and cost-effective manner.

 

Yamin ‘Mo’ Khan, Chief Executive Officer of Open Orphan, said : “This is a significant award for Open Orphan as it is our first study as a site. To date we have mainly acted as a Contract Research Organisation to provide either challenge studies, laboratory or consulting services. Although we have acted as a site as part of the challenge studies, we have not provided stand-alone site services.  We expanded our facilities at Plumbers Row in March of this year with the aim to provide site services. It is a great testament to the team that they have been able to fulfil site activity work in such a short timeframe. There are a great number of synergies between our core challenge study activities and new the site services, this will help us to conduct the new work in an efficient manner.”

 

Interested in becoming a volunteer?

 

hVIVO recruits many of its volunteers for its challenge study clinical trials through its dedicated  volunteer recruitment website,  www.flucamp.com . By volunteering to take part in one of our studies in a safe, controlled, clinical environment under expertly supervised conditions you are playing your part to further medical research and help increase the understanding of respiratory illnesses.

 

Individuals interested in taking part in  COVID-19 human challenge study  research can learn more at   www.UKCovidChallenge.com .

 

 

For further information please contact:

 

Open Orphan plc

+353 (0) 1 644 0007

Cathal Friel, Executive Chairman

Yamin Khan, Chief Executive Officer

Liberum Capital (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker)

 +44 (0) 20 3100 2000

Ben Cryer/ Edward Mansfield/ Phil Walker/ Will King

finnCap plc (Joint Broker)

+44 (0) 20 7220 0500

Geoff Nash / James Thompson / Richard Chambers

Davy (Euronext Growth Adviser and Joint Broker)

+353 (0) 1 679 6363

Anthony Farrell

Walbrook PR (Financial PR & IR)

Paul McManus / Sam Allen / Louis Ashe-Jepson

+44 (0)20 7933 8780 or openorphan@walbrookpr.com

+44 (0)7980 541 893 / +44 (0) 7502 558 258 /
+44 (0) 7747 515393  

#ORPH Open Orphan – Launch of STRiVE project

Respiratory viral strains suitable for challenge agents being collected from consenting volunteers

 

Open Orphan plc (AIM: ORPH), a rapidly growing specialist contract research organisation (CRO) and world leader in testing infectious and respiratory disease products using human challenge clinical trials, announces that hVIVO, a subsidiary of Open Orphan plc, has recently launched the STRiVE project (Seasonal Transmissible Respiratory Virus SurvEy) to collect respiratory viral strains suitable for challenge agents from consenting hVIVO employees. Collection of new respiratory viral strains circulating in the community will allow hVIVO to continually update and broaden its world leading portfolio of human challenge study models.

 

As part of STRiVE, volunteers with cold or flu like symptoms can send nasal swabs to hVIVO for analysis. Since starting the project, hVIVO has identified over 180 promising virus candidates that could be used in the manufacture of novel challenge agents for its human challenge trials. Viruses isolated include several strains of coronavirus, adenovirus, human metapneumovirus (HMPV), human rhinovirus (HRV), parainfluenza virus (PIV), influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

 

STRiVE ensures hVIVO can regularly update its challenge agent portfolio with relevant strains as viruses mutate over time. Manufacturing antigenically relevant strains on demand broadens hVIVO’s repository of viral pathogens and could help extend the range of human challenge models it currently offers.

 

The average UK adult has an estimated 2-4 respiratory infections each year, resulting in billions of pounds of lost output due to illness. Despite familiarity with the negative impacts of cold and flu viruses, remarkably little is understood about the hundreds of viruses responsible that cause illness, including transmission and markers of protective immunity. Using human challenge modelling to better understand such issues could enable future public health benefits and savings.

hVIVO has two decades of experience and expertise in safely conducting challenge studies across a range of respiratory and infectious diseases, including various strains of influenza, RSV, human rhinovirus (HRV – common cold virus), malaria, and asthma. This portfolio has also expanded to include the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

 

Cathal Friel, Executive Chairman of Open Orphan, said: Despite only commencing recently, STRIVE has already been a remarkable success, with over 180 viruses identified and 12 different strains, with potential to be used as challenge agents in hVIVO human challenge trials. I would like to thank all hVIVO employees who have thus far participated and encourage more to do so in order to continue to build up this important repository for cold and flu research.

 

“Importantly, the STRIVE clinical research project will play a significant role in the Company’s efforts to broaden its world leading portfolio of human challenge models.

 

Adrian Wildfire, Director of Scientific and Business Strategy at hVIVO, commented: Access to viable strains of circulating respiratory pathogens is extremely limited and this often presents a significant obstacle to anyone seeking to grow a new viral challenge agent. To grow a new viral strain a virus must be collected from a human host, processed and stored in an adequate manner to keep the virus alive.

 

“STRIVE will allow the Company to use its expertise to monitor the viral strains of cold and flu that are circulating in the community, and potentially lead to the discovery of new, wild type challenge agents and the development of new human challenge models with unparalleled translation into the field.

 

Interested in becoming a volunteer?

 

hVIVO recruits many of its volunteers for its challenge study clinical trials through its dedicated volunteer recruitment website, www.flucamp.com. By volunteering to take part in one of our studies in a safe, controlled, clinical environment under expertly supervised conditions you are playing your part to further medical research and help increase the understanding of respiratory illnesses.

 

Individuals interested in taking part in COVID-19 human challenge study research can learn more at www.UKCovidChallenge.com.

 

 

For further information please contact:

 

Open Orphan plc +353 (0) 1 644 0007
Cathal Friel, Executive Chairman
Arden Partners plc (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker)    +44 (0) 20 7614 5900
John Llewellyn-Lloyd / Louisa Waddell
 
finnCap plc (Joint Broker) +44 (0) 20 7220 0500
Geoff Nash / James Thompson / Richard Chambers
 
Davy (Euronext Growth Adviser and Joint Broker) +353 (0) 1 679 6363
Anthony Farrell
 
Walbrook PR (Financial PR & IR) +44 (0)20 7933 8780 or openorphan@walbrookpr.com
Paul McManus/ Sam Allen / Louis Ashe-Jepson +44 (0)7980 541 893 / +44 (0) 7502 558 258 / +44 (0) 7747 515393

#POLB Poolbeg Pharma – Poolbeg to develop oral vaccine delivery platform

16 December, 2021- Poolbeg Pharma (AIM: POLB, ‘Poolbeg’ or the ‘Company’) a clinical stage infectious disease pharmaceutical company with a capital light clinical model, has signed a binding term sheet, encompassing all commercial terms, with AnaBio Technologies (AnaBio), with a full licence and collaboration agreement to follow.

The partnership allows Poolbeg exclusive access to AnaBio’s microencapsulation and nanoencapsulation technologies, IP and expertise for oral vaccine applications. Poolbeg will utilise this technology in conjunction with its own expertise in infectious diseases, vaccine development and its associated technologies to develop an oral vaccine delivery platform. Poolbeg will also investigate using its proprietary Vaccine Discovery Platform in conjunction with this jointly developed oral vaccine delivery platform.

Oral vaccines for diseases such as polio have been used successfully for decades by delivering antigens to specific areas of the gut with the objective of stimulating ‘mucosal immunity’, which prevents pathogens infecting the body. Oral vaccines offer an efficient method of administration, reducing significant challenges for distribution and administration addressing the gaps in supplying the global community as well as addressing needle-phobia.

Microencapsulation is key to delivering drugs to the gut and results in prolonged absorption profiles. Microencapsulation also helps to ensure the right dose of a product is absorbed by the body. Preliminary data has shown that AnaBio’s platform may be combined with dual nanotechnology to create a two-step delivery process with enhanced uptake to specific cells. This technology platform can be used to encapsulate a wide range of drugs including molecules such as proteins, peptides, DNA and RNA. As a result of the pandemic, mRNA vaccines have been one of the standout success stories in the fight against COVID-19.

Jeremy Skillington, PhD, CEO of Poolbeg Pharma, said: “As we have seen in the COVID-19 pandemic, the success of global vaccination drives is dependent on the effective uptake of vaccines. Oral vaccines are highly attractive due to their improved stability profiles, ease of administration, generation of mucosal immunity and being preferable to needle-phobic patients.

“The pharma sector is increasingly recognising that oral vaccines can act as standalone regimens or as boosters to injected vaccines which can struggle to generate mucosal immunity. By working with the experts at AnaBio and accessing its advanced micro and nano encapsulation technology, this places Poolbeg in a prime position to develop products for the oral vaccine market with vaccines for enteric (gut) and respiratory pathogens.”

Aidan Fitzsimons, PhD, CEO of, AnaBio Technologies, said: “The global pandemic has led to a major acceleration in vaccine development based on a deeper understanding of how to create and maintain immunity to disease; including the importance of mucosal immunity in addition to blood immunity.  We believe that our patented microencapsulation technology designed to deliver intact active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) to specific sites within the body, combined with Poolbeg’s innate knowledge of viruses, could enable us together to create effective oral vaccines and make a significant impact on the vaccine market.”

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Enquiries

 

Poolbeg Pharma Plc

Jeremy Skillington, CEO

Ian O’Connell, CFO

 

+353 (0) 1 644 0007

finnCap Ltd (Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker)

Geoff Nash, James Thompson, Charlie Beeson 

 

+44 (0) 20 7220 0500

Arden Partners PLC (Joint Broker)

John Lewellyn-Lloyd, Louisa Waddell

 

+44 (0) 207 614 5900

J&E Davy (Joint Broker)

Anthony Farrell, Niall Gilchrist

 

+353 (0) 1 679 6363

Instinctif Partners

Melanie Toyne Sewell, Rozi Morris, Tim Field

+44 (0) 20 7457 2020

poolbeg@instinctif.com

#ORPH Open Orphan – Imutex Vaccine Phase I Study Results

AGS-v PLUS mosquito vaccine candidate shows favourable safety, tolerability, and immunogenicity results

Results to be presented at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting

 

Open Orphan plc (AIM: ORPH) announces that data from the first-in-human Phase I clinical study evaluating the safety, immunogenicity, and in vitro efficacy of AGS-v PLUS,  Imutex Limited’s (“Imutex’) mosquito saliva vaccine candidate against arboviral diseases, as well as data on the candidate’s effect on the reproductive capacity of mosquitoes that fed on vaccinated subjects will be presented on the 20th and 21st of November 2021. Imutex Limited (“Imutex”) is a joint venture with PepTcell Limited (“PepTcell”) (the legal name of SEEK Group) in which Open Orphan has a 49% shareholding.

 

The results will be presented in two virtual sessions at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (“ASTMH”) Annual Meeting, held from 17-21 November 2021. The titles and details of the two presentations are as follows:

 

·    “Blood feeding on humans vaccinated with AGS-v PLUS, a mosquito salivary peptide vaccine, impairs the reproductive capacity of female Aedes albopictus mosquitoes” – Scientific Session 91: Mosquitoes-Vector Biology Epidemiology I, at 8.00 am (ET) on 20 November 2021. To be presented by Joshua Lacsina, M.D., Ph.D. of the Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

·    Safety and immunogenicity of AGS-v PLUS, a mosquito saliva peptide vaccine against arboviral diseases” – Scientific Session 126: Clinical Tropical Medicine: Vector borne Disease, at 8.00 am (ET) on 21 November 2021. To be presented by DeAnna J. Friedman-Klabanoff, M.D. of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

 

Following the presentations, Imutex expect to publish the results from the study in a scientific peer-reviewed journal.

 

Imutex was funded by the Department of Health and Social Care as part of the UK Vaccine Network (UKVN), a UK Aid programme to develop vaccines for diseases with epidemic potential in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) to carry out this study. 

 

Data from this study, which was performed at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.) and is related to a collaboration between PepTCell and The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), demonstrated that AGS-v PLUS was well tolerated with no serious adverse events experienced, and that it generated a strong immune response in participants. AGS-v PLUS showed a more robust immune response compared to AGS-v, a first-generation vaccine candidate developed by Imutex. The study evaluating the effect of AGS-v PLUS on the reproductive capacity of mosquitoes that fed on vaccinated subjects found that a regimen of the vaccine in combination with an adjuvant resulted in fewer eggs laid and adult progeny in the species Aedes albopictus.

 

Imutex’s AGS-v and AGS-v PLUS vaccine candidates are mosquito-borne disease vaccines with a novel proposed dual action mechanism of preventing infection in humans whilst controlling the mosquito population. AGS-v is composed of four synthetic peptides isolated from mosquito salivary glands. The AGS-v PLUS vaccine contains the same four peptides as AGS-v but adds a fifth synthetic peptide found in the saliva of many mosquitoes, increasing the potential breadth of protection.

 

Mosquito-borne diseases include Zika virus, West Nile virus, chikungunya virus, dengue, yellow fever, and malaria. There are around ~360 million cases of and more than 600,000 deaths from mosquito-borne diseases annually, although the true burden is likely underestimated. A vaccine efficacious against multiple mosquito-borne diseases could significantly impact public health.

 

Imutex is focused on developing broad-spectrum vaccines against influenza (flu) and mosquito borne diseases. To find out more about the product developments, both in influenza vaccine development (FLU-v) and in Zika vaccine development (AGS-v), please visit the Imutex website: www.imutex.com

 

Cathal Friel, Executive Chairman of Open Orphan, said“The Company has been eagerly anticipating the results from Imutex’s first-in-human Phase 1 clinical trial for its AGS-v PLUS mosquito vaccine candidate, and we now look forward to the data being presented at the upcoming ASTMH Annual Meeting.

“The positive data for the AGS-v PLUS mosquito vaccine candidate is encouraging; data showed AGS-v PLUS was well tolerated and generated a strong immune response in participants against mosquito-borne diseases, with an increased immune response compared to the four peptide AGS-v candidate. Imutex’s AGS-v and AGS-v PLUS vaccine candidates both employ a novel proposed dual action mechanism that prevents infection in humans whilst controlling mosquito population by limiting transmission.

“There are more than 600,000 deaths worldwide per year from mosquito borne diseases, as such, if these positive Phase I results translate into clinical efficacy, the potential number of lives saved will be significant.”

Dr Olga Pleguezuelos, Chief Science Officer at PepTcell, commented: “We are very excited about the study results. AGS-v PLUS was demonstrated to be safe and immunogenic, and not only impacted the pathogenicity of the Zika virus as seen in an in vitro assay, but also reduced the number of eggs and adult progeny of mosquitoes that fed on vaccinated subjects. The next step is to evaluate clinical efficacy in a controlled human challenge study or in a study in endemic areas. Many mosquito-borne diseases lack effective preventative and therapeutic treatments, so AGS-v PLUS could potentially save many lives.”

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 (as implemented into English law) (“MAR”). With the publication of this announcement via a Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

 

 

For further information please contact:

 

Open Orphan plc

+353 (0) 1 644 0007

Cathal Friel, Executive Chairman

Arden Partners plc (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker)

   +44 (0) 20 7614 5900

John Llewellyn-Lloyd / Louisa Waddell

finnCap plc (Joint Broker)

+44 (0) 20 7220 0500

Geoff Nash / James Thompson/ Richard Chambers

Davy (Euronext Growth Adviser and Joint Broker)

+353 (0) 1 679 6363

Anthony Farrell

Walbrook PR (Financial PR & IR)

Paul McManus/ Sam Allen/ Louis Ashe-Jepson

+44 (0)20 7933 8780 or openorphan@walbrookpr.com

+44 (0)7980 541 893 / +44 (0) 7502 558 258 / +44 (0)

7747 515393 

#ORPH Open Orphan – Inside the quarantine lab where Irish company infects humans with Covid

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Step into the foyer of the Whitechapel Hotel in London and it seems no different from any other business. But venture further in, and it becomes clear that something very strange is going on in this former textile factory.

Biohazard signs on each floor warn observers not to enter. Next to the double beds in the bright and modern en-suite rooms are white trolleys containing swabs, vials, gloves and other medical paraphernalia. Peepholes on the doors are not there so that guests can look out into the corridor.

Instead, they are reversed for safety reasons.

This former hotel, a victim of the Covid pandemic, has been transformed into a 19-bed quarantine facility used to house volunteers taking part in human challenge studies – specialist clinical trials where people are infected with a virus or bacteria to see how they respond to experimental vaccines or treatments.

Link here for the article

Link here for the full Sunday Telegraph article

Poolbeg Pharma #POLB – RNA sequencing ahead of AI analysis programme

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RNA sequencing ahead of pioneering AI analysis programme

7 October 2021 – Poolbeg Pharma (AIM: POLB), Poolbeg’ or the ‘Company’, a clinical stage infectious disease pharmaceutical company with a capital light clinical model, has partnered with leading global biopharma services company, Eurofins Genomics (‘Eurofins’), to complete RNA sequencing for Poolbeg of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) disease progression samples from human viral challenge studies.

This deep sequencing work is a key step leading to Poolbeg commencing Artificial Intelligence (AI) analysis of its RSV data and will mean that it then has full immunological datasets for RSV, as well as influenza, which are ready to use with AI platforms to identify drug targets and products for influenza and RSV indications. The Company already has RNA sequencing data for influenza. This data is unique as it covers the full disease cycle and presents significant opportunities to unlock insights into these diseases which will magnify the power of the AI analysis.

The project with Eurofins is expected to be completed by the end of 2021 and will involve next generation RNA sequencing of RSV transcriptomics, or disease progression data, which enables the tracking of the biology of immune responses in molecular detail during infection.

Sequencing of the samples will be tailored for incorporation into AI algorithms which will be the first time that human challenge trial immune data has been analysed using AI, unlocking unique insights from the rich dataset that Poolbeg will translate into additional pipeline products which will be progressed using its capital light clinical structure. 

RSV is a contagious virus that affects the respiratory tract of children and at-risk older adults; in severe cases, it can cause pneumonia and other life-threatening breathing difficulties. RSV is a significant public health threat and is one of the leading causes of hospitalisation to at-risk older adults. There is currently no vaccine on the market for RSV.

Jeremy Skillington, PhD, CEO of Poolbeg Pharma, said:

“This is an exciting step in our AI data analysis programme. The deep genetic analysis of RSV progression will be key information to feed into AI drug and target discovery tools. We already have similar data for influenza so we will now have complete discovery datasets for both influenza and RSV.

Our AI analysis will be breaking new ground in data-driven drug discovery as it will be the first time that human challenge trial immune data is used in this way. Having the sequencing specially tailored to work with AI platforms will enable us to discover potential new drug candidates for both diseases in a quicker and more cost-effective way.”

  Enquiries

 

Poolbeg Pharma Plc

Jeremy Skillington, CEO

Ian O’Connell, CFO

 

+353 (0) 1 644 0007

finnCap Ltd (Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker)

Geoff Nash, James Thompson, Charlie Beeson 

Richard Chambers, Sunila de Silva (ECM)

 

 

+44 (0) 20 7220 0500

Arden Partners PLC (Joint Broker)

John Lewellyn-Lloyd, Louisa Waddell, Oscair McGrath

 

 

+44 (0) 207 614 5900

J&E Davy (Joint Broker)

Anthony Farrell, Niall Gilchrist

 

 

+353 (0) 1 679 6363

Instinctif Partners

Melanie Toyne Sewell, Rozi Morris, Tim Field

+44 (0) 20 7457 2020

poolbeg@instinctif.com

 

About Poolbeg Pharma

Poolbeg Pharma is a clinical stage infectious disease pharmaceutical company, with a capital light clinical model which aims to develop multiple products faster and more cost effectively than the conventional biotech model. The Company, headquartered in London, is led by a team with a track record of creation and delivery of shareholder value and aspires to become a “one-stop shop” for Big Pharma seeking mid-stage products to licence or acquire.

The Company is targeting the growing infectious disease market. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, infectious disease has become one of the fastest growing pharma markets and is expected to exceed $250bn by 2025.

With its initial assets from Open Orphan plc , an industry leading infectious disease and human challenge trials business, Poolbeg has access to knowledge, experience, and clinical data from over 20 years of human challenge trials. The Company is using these insights to acquire new assets as well as reposition clinical stage products, reducing spend and risk. It already has a Phase II ready repositioned small molecule immunomodulator for severe influenza and a portfolio of other exciting assets. The Company plans to broaden this portfolio further going forward and is in active discussions with AI data analysis platforms to help accelerate the power of its human challenge model data and biobank.

For more information, please go to www.poolbegpharma.com

 

About Eurofins Genomic s

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#ANA Ananda Developments Plc – Research Facility Construction Update

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Ananda, the AQSE-listed medical cannabis company creating UK-based operations to grow and provide carbon neutral, consistent, pharmaceutical quality medical cannabis for the UK and international markets, provides the following update on the construction of its research facility.

Since the Company’s update on 6 September 2021, works have continued on schedule at the medical cannabis research growing facility being developed in the UK by DJT Plants Limited (“DJT Plants”), the Company’s 50% owned subsidiary.

As previously announced the facility footprint has been increased.  To provide further detail to shareholders, it now incorporates:

  • a dedicated growing room for female plants (which produce the resin secreting flowers used for medicinal cannabis)
  • a dedicated growing room for male plants (grown to pollinate the female plants)
  • a dedicated plant nursery
  • a dedicated room for mother plants (to guarantee genetic consistency of each generation of plants)
  • laboratory space (for trimming plants, analysing characteristics and test work)
  • enlarged work rooms

The facility is also being constructed to allow for thorough cleaning and to accommodate appropriate work flows and movement of plants through the work rooms.  These are requirements for Good Manufacturing Practices (“GMP”) certification, which will be applied for in due course.  The facility construction management team (supplied by Ananda’s partner JE Piccaver & Co (Gedney Marsh) Limited (“JEPCO”)) is well versed in all aspects of high plant care standards, as they are required in the salad leaf industry where JEPCO operates as a large-scale speciality grower.  Salad leaves are not cooked before being consumed, so the team is very familiar with the required levels of hygiene, work-flow management and deep cleaning.  JEPCO operates to Red Tractor standards, which were established in 2000 and which have grown to become the UK’s biggest farm and food standards scheme, covering all aspects of food safety, traceability and environmental protection.  JEPCO is also accredited under Global GAP (the Global Partnership for Safe and Sustainable Agriculture) and is a Selected Grower under the Marks & Spencer Field to Fork programme.

DJT Plants holds a licence from the Home Office of the UK Government to grow >0.2% THC cannabis for research purposes.

The Directors of the Company accept responsibility for the contents of this announcement.

ANANDA DEVELOPMENTS PLC
Chief Executive Officer
Melissa Sturgess

Investor Relations
Jeremy Sturgess-Smith

+44 (0)7463 686 497
ir@anandadevelopments.com
PETERHOUSE CAPITAL LIMITED
Corporate Finance
Mark Anwyl

Corporate Broking
Lucy Williams
Duncan Vasey

YELLOW JERSEY PR
Alison Hicks
Charles Goodwin

+44 (0)20 7469 0930

+44 (0) 7585 953 660
+44 (0) 7747 788 221

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