Adding Collective Coordinates to ProMIS' proprietary discovery platform allows rapid discovery of novel targets for Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases
TORONTO, Nov. 11, 2015 /CNW/ - Pursuant to its expanded license agreement with the University of British Columbia, as announced on Oct. 8, 2015, ProMIS Neurosciences, Inc. announces today that it has acquired an exclusive, worldwide license to Collective Coordinates, a method to predict novel therapeutic targets in Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases. A provisional patent application for the Collective Coordinates method was submitted to the United States Patent Office on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015.
Developed principally by the Company's Chief Physics Officer, Steven Plotkin, PhD, the Collective Coordinates method is an algorithm employing protein thermodynamics that is complementary to the Company's proprietary ProMISTM technology. With the addition of Collective Coordinates to its computational discovery platform, the Company has a unique, proprietary and robust engine to predict novel targets known as Disease Specific Epitopes (DSEs) on the molecular surface of misfolded proteins. Propagating, toxic strains of misfolded proteins are widely believed to play a key role in the development and progression of many neurodegenerative diseases.
Working collaboratively, the Company's Chief Science Officer, Neil Cashman MD, and Chief Physics Officer Plotkin are actively applying the two complementary techniques of ProMISTM and Collective Coordinates to identify novel targets (epitopes) on misfolded, neurotoxic strains of the proteins beta Amyloid and Tau.
Subsequent to identification of these targets and submission of initial Intellectual Property (IP) claims, the Company will be in a position to enter the product development phase by elaborating and developing specific therapeutics and companion diagnostics aimed at these targets for Alzheimer's disease.
Commenting on the acquisition of this new method, ProMIS' CEO, Dr. Elliot Goldstein, stated: "With the addition of Collective Coordinates to our target discovery platform, we are well-positioned to identify novel targets allowing precision medicine solutions for neurodegenerative disease. Our priority in the near term is to focus on neurotoxic, misfolded strains of beta Amyloid and Tau in Alzheimer's".
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About ProMIS Neurosciences, Inc.
The mission of ProMIS Neurosciences is to discover and develop precision medicine solutions for the early detection and effective treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, in particular Alzheimer's disease and ALS.
ProMIS Neurosciences' proprietary target discovery engine is based on the use of two, complementary techniques. The Company applies its computational discovery platform—ProMIS™, and thermodynamic algorithm —Collective Coordinates, to predict novel targets known as Disease Specific Epitopes (DSEs) on the molecular surface of misfolded proteins. Using this unique "precision medicine" approach, ProMIS Neurosciences aims to develop novel antibody therapeutics and specific companion diagnostics for Alzheimer's disease and ALS. The company has also developed two proprietary technologies to specifically identify very low levels of misfolded proteins in a biological sample. In addition, ProMIS Neurosciences owns the exclusive rights to the genus patent relating to misfolded SOD1 in ALS, and currently has a preclinical monoclonal antibody therapeutic against this target.
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