Compugen Ltd. ( NASDAQ: CGEN) today reported financial results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2012.
Anat Cohen-Dayag, Ph.D., President and CEO of Compugen, stated, "Among our notable achievements during this past quarter was the initiation of operations at Compugen Inc., our South San Francisco subsidiary established for the development of monoclonal antibody therapeutic candidates (mAbs) against Compugen's novel pre-clinically validated targets."
Dr. Mary Haak-Frendscho, Chairperson of Compugen Inc., added, "In less than four months we have established our South San Francisco operation in a purpose built facility, recruited an exceptional team with extensive industry experience in therapeutic mAbs, and leveraged our development capabilities by incorporating a fully human mAb display technology. In parallel, we prioritized mAb targets discovered through the use of Compugen’s industry leading predictive platform and initiated mAb programs against several B7/CD28-like immune checkpoint molecules. In biopharma, where novel targets are scarce, it is rare to have an abundance of compelling targets from which to choose. We are enthusiastically prosecuting these programs, beginning with an emphasis on those for treatment of solid tumors, where there is a high unmet medical need."
Dr. Cohen-Dayag continued, "A key reason for the selection of B7/CD28-like molecules as our first focused discovery effort is that these membrane immune checkpoint proteins are of very high pharmaceutical industry interest for addressing unmet medical needs and provide the potential to not only serve as targets for monoclonal antibody therapy in oncology, but also as the basis for the development of Fc-fusion proteins for the treatment of various autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis."Dr. Cohen-Dayag concluded, "With respect to our Fc-fusion product candidates, in parallel with our ongoing commercialization discussions with potential collaborators and licensees, Compugen is moving forward in its Pipeline Program a number of these fusion proteins which are also based on Compugen-discovered B7/CD28-like molecules. To date, five out of six Fc-fusion product candidates based on our B7/CD28-like molecules have been shown to be efficacious in relevant autoimmune disease models, representing an extraordinary rate of early stage success in comparison with industry experience. This is a clear demonstration of Compugen's outstanding predictive discovery capabilities, which also help us focus on the most promising discoveries at a very early stage."
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