Proprietary SupraAntigenTM platform continues to accelerate development of first- and best-in class antibody therapeutics and diagnostics for neurodegenerative diseases
The pathological aggregation of TDP-43 is strongly associated with motor and cognitive decline and episodic memory loss in several neurodegenerative diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), frontotemporal lobar degeneration with TDP-43 pathology (FTLD-TDP) and limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy (LATE). AC Immune’s SupraAntigenTM-based detection assays for aggregation-prone forms of TDP-43 in biofluids have the potential to serve as an early-stage diagnostic that may enable the development of precision medicine approaches for these diseases as well as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), where pathological aggregation of TDP-43 has emerged as an important co-pathology linked to disease severity.
“These activities, together with the development of our anti-TDP-43 therapeutic antibody, which we expect to be the first therapeutic in its class to enter clinical trials, reinforce AC Immune’s position as a leader in developing precision medicine-based approaches towards the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Additional programs advancing both therapeutics and diagnostics against targets such as Tau and alpha-synuclein highlight the comprehensive nature of this approach, which is crucial given the increasing recognition that neurodegenerative diseases are driven by a complex interplay of pathologies. The effective treatment of these diseases is thus likely to require combination therapies that are informed and enabled by novel diagnostics and therapeutics able to target specific proteinopathies.”
AC Immune’s proprietary immuno-assays utilize anti-TDP-43 antibodies derived from the Company’s innovative SupraAntigenTM platform, which accelerates the discovery and development of conformation-specific antibodies to successful diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. The SupraAntigenTM platform has produced multiple antibodies that bind selectively to pathological forms of human proteins involved in neurodegenerative disease such as Tau, Abeta, TDP-43, alpha-synuclein and NLRP3-ASC. This grant will accelerate the development AC Immune’s anti-pTDP-43 immuno-assay to enable ex vivo diagnostic tests capable of identifying early stages of TDP-43 related diseases such as ALS. Such diagnostic tests may facilitate the effective treatment of these diseases.
About Target ALS
Target ALS is a 501(c)(3) medical research foundation committed to the search for effective treatments for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. We envision a world in which no one dies of ALS and play a unique role in the battle against this disease. Founded in 2013 by former
To date, the Target ALS Innovation Ecosystem, which launched in 2013 and set the groundwork for the new Target ALS Diagnosis Initiative, has yielded 175+ research projects, 12+ therapeutic targets and five clinical trials, to date.
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