Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY) has acquired exclusive rights to Entos Pharmaceuticals’ Fusogenix proteolipid vehicle (PLV) drug-delivery technology for central and peripheral nervous system applications.
Indianapolis-based Lilly plans on using the platform to discover and develop nucleic acid products.
Entos said Fusogenix brings together the best features of viral and lipid-based delivery approaches while avoiding their respective downsides.
Lilly is optimistic that Fusogenix could help it address hurdles tied to nucleic acid therapeutic modalities.
In the collaboration, Edmonton, Canada–based Entos will focus on creating and optimizing PLVs, while Lilly will select PLVs it intends to use for clinical development and commercialization.
Lilly will pay Entos $50 million upfront and could pay up to $400 million in additional milestone payments per program. Entos also could receive royalties from commercialized products stemming from the collaboration.
“Nucleic acid-based therapies hold great promise in addressing the biologic cause of many serious diseases that have significant unmet medical need,” said Andrew Adams, vice president, Lilly Genetic Medicine, in a statement. “Overcoming barriers to the safe and effective delivery of such therapies to specific target cells is essential to realizing their potential.”
Separately, Entos has tested its Fusogenix platform in a DNA-based COVID-19 vaccine. Known as Covigenix VAX-001, the investigational vaccine is now the subject of a Phase 2 study.
Filed Under: clinical trials, Drug Discovery, Drug Discovery and Development