The focus of Primomed is the translational medicinal approach of the SMEs, i.e. developing disease modifying therapeutics for high unmet medical needs in chronic inflammatory and degenerative disorders. The Primomed project utilizes well characterized non-human primate models so that the SMEs can capitalize on subsequent clinical successes of their therapeutic lead compounds. The main objectives of the project are (1) to demonstrate proof of concept that drug compounds of the SME’s are efficacious in primate models relevant for the diseases of interest and (2) to determine the immune responses in biological samples generated by the research activities in the different animal models. The power of the Primomed project is the creation of a consortium bringing together four small and early-stage biotech companies owning innovative and proprietary drugs and two of the most renowned European primate research centres that will perform research activities with the new disease modifying molecules of the SME’s.
The disease areas of interest in Primomed are asthma, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson disease. Amakem’s Localized Drug Action approach would allow the use of ROCK inhibitors for the treatment of respiratory diseases, e.g. asthma, while avoiding the side effects resulting from systemic ROCK inhibition. By selectively targeting IL-23p19, Complix’ Alphabody is an intriguing candidate for therapy development of asthma and MS and may avoid some of the severe side effects of other currently available and tested anti-IL12/IL23p40 therapies. FFP’s PG102 would be a first in class molecule with a novel mechanism of action in treating chronic inflammatory conditions such as MS. sNRG would be a protein drug with disease modifying potential for the treatment of an unmet medical need in Parkinson’s disease.
Primomed will result in progressing the compounds to the clinic, maximize the chance at eventual market authorization and answer the unmet medical need of millions of patients.
Fields of science
- medical and health scienceshealth sciencespublic and environmental healthepidemics preventionimmunisation
- medical and health sciencesbasic medicineneurologyparkinson
- medical and health sciencesclinical medicinepneumologyasthma
- natural sciencesbiological scienceszoologymammalogyprimatology
- medical and health scienceshealth sciencesinfectious diseaseRNA viruscoronavirus
- medical and health sciencesbasic medicineneurologymultiple sclerosis
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Funding SchemeBSG-SME - Research for SMEs
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