- SHP656 program utilized Xenetic's PolyXen platform technology to conjugate polysialic acid to therapeutic blood-clotting factors
- Phase 1/2 study demonstrated SHP656's efficacy and pharmacokinetic data commensurate with the profile of an extended half-life rFVIII product
FRAMINGHAM, MA / ACCESSWIRE / January 14, 2020 / Xenetic Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:XBIO) ("Xenetic" or the "Company"), a biopharmaceutical company focused on advancing XCART™, a personalized chimeric antigen receptor T cell ("CAR T") platform technology engineered to target patient-specific tumor neoantigens, announced today that data from the completed Phase 1/2 clinical study of SHP656 ("PSA-recombinant Factor VIII", "PSA-rFVIII") sponsored by its license partner Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Limited ("Takeda") has been published in the journal Haemophilia1.
The results from this single-dose study indicate that polysialylation of rFVIII confers a half-life extension similar to that of approved extended half-life products that use either PEG or Fc fusion technology and was not associated with any treatment-emergent adverse events.
The Phase 1/2 clinical study was conducted by Baxalta US Inc, a Takeda company, to evaluate SHP656, which was being developed as a long-acting therapeutic for the treatment of hemophilia A utilizing Xenetic's PolyXen technology to conjugate polysialic acid to therapeutic blood-clotting factors.
Jeffrey Eisenberg, Chief Executive Officer of Xenetic, commented, "We are pleased that this study published in the peer-reviewed journal Haemophilia has demonstrated that our PolyXen platform successfully extended the circulating half-life of rFVIII with no treatment-related adverse events."
Data from SHP656 was also published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences2 in an article titled, "Polysialic Acid-Mediated Activity Measurement of Polysialylated Recombinant Coagulation Factor VIII," and in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics3 in an article titled, "Evaluation of Factor VIII Polysialylation: Identification of a Longer-Acting Experimental Therapy in Mice and Monkeys."
PolyXen is Xenetic's patent-protected platform technology for creating next-generation protein or peptide therapeutics, by prolonging a drug's circulating half-life and potentially improving other pharmacological properties.
With the Phase 1/2 study completed in May 2017, SHP656 is no longer part of an active development program.
Takeda currently has one active development program underway utilizing the PolyXen platform technology, under an Exclusive License Agreement with Xenetic in the field of coagulation disorders. In addition, in October 2017 Xenetic granted rights to Takeda to grant a nonexclusive sublicense to certain patents related to PolyXen to a third party, and Xenetic receives royalties under that arrangement in the near term.
About Xenetic Biosciences
Xenetic Biosciences, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on progressing XCART, a personalized CAR T platform technology engineered to target patient-specific tumor neoantigens. The Company is initially advancing cell-based therapeutics targeting the unique B-cell receptor on the surface of an individual patient's malignant tumor cells for the treatment of B-cell lymphomas. XCART has the potential to fuel a robust pipeline of therapeutic assets targeting high-value oncology indications.
Additionally, Xenetic is leveraging PolyXen, its proprietary drug delivery platform, by partnering with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. PolyXen has demonstrated its ability to improve the half-life and other pharmacological properties of next-generation biologic drugs. The Company has an exclusive license agreement with Takeda Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. in the field of coagulation disorders and receives royalty payments under this agreement.
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