TORONTO, ON – April 6th, 2020—INTELLiSTEM Technologies Inc, a biotechnology company pioneering cellular vaccines and peptide therapeutics, announced the successful development of a peptide-based vaccine (IPT-001) intended for human use against COVID-19.
IPT-001 is a peptide-based vaccine developed using the novel coronavirus COVID-19. It was engineered using INTELLiPEPTIDOME™ Platform to target both the Spike (S) and Nucleocapsid (N) proteins.
“We have been validating INTELLiPEPTIDOME™ over the last 2 years starting with Ebola and Leishmania vaccines and moving to oncology. INTELLiPEPTIDOME™ is precisely developed to identify vaccine subunits against a target like COVID-19 in a fast, reliable and less expensive way” said Dr. Riam Shammaa, MD, Founder and CEO of INTELLiSTEM Technologies.
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“Our approach is to trigger both strong cellular and humoral responses leading to not only a therapeutic effect but also long-term protection (5-8 years) from COVID-19. The vaccine is also less expensive and faster to develop.” Said Dr. Shammaa.
“The power of the platform is that it can quickly be adapted to other pandemics and diseases, all we need is the proteins of the disease and within 5 weeks we can deliver a vaccine” said Dr. Shammaa.
“We are now in the process of IND submission, and final stages of preparing our Phase I clinical trial. We anticipate starting our Phase I trial as early as September 2020,” said Shammaa.
IPT-001 is peptide vaccine against the Spike (S) and Nucleocapsid (N) proteins of COVID-19, which was developed by INTELLiSTEM using the INTELLiPEPTIDOME™ platform. The technology relies on our proprietary IntelliCells™ to identify peptides that will mount both cellular and humoral responses against the virus leading not only to a therapeutic effect against the virus, but also long-term protection.
INTELLiPEPTIDOME™ platform allows for systematic analysis of peptides selected by our genetically engineered stem cells, IntelliCells™ for triggering efficient and specific immune responses. INTELLiPEPTIDOME™ profiles (Iding) the immunopeptidome of established pathogen for the development of universal vaccines designed to stimulate a patient’s immune response to the antigen-derived epitopes. It can also be used the discovery of novel epitopes for monoclonal antibody development as well.
About INTELLiSTEM TECHNOLOGIES:
INTELLiSTEM Technologies is a privately-owned biotechnology company engineering the next generation cell therapy products using stem cells. Its proprietary genetically engineered cell platforms include Super Sentinel Cells™ (SSCs) for cancer therapeutics and IntelliCells™ for drug discovery and target identification. INTELLiSTEM is currently moving into human clinical trials.