ProMIS Neurosciences Publishes Study Highlighting Oligomer Selectivity and Benefit of Amyloid-Beta-Directed Antibodies

Study results support differentiation of PMN310 from other amyloid-beta-directed antibodies

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts and TORONTO, Ontario, April 30, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ProMIS Neurosciences Inc. (Nasdaq: PMN), a biotechnology company focused on the generation and development of antibody therapeutics targeting toxic misfolded proteins in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and multiple system atrophy (MSA), today announced the publication of a paper titled, “Relationship between therapeutic activity and preferential targeting of toxic soluble aggregates by amyloid-beta-directed antibodies," in the online journal, bioRxiv.

The study characterized and compared the binding profile of various amyloid-beta (Ab)-directed antibodies to monomers, soluble oligomers and insoluble Ab fibrils. The results indicate that selectivity for soluble toxic Aß oligomers may be a driver of clinical efficacy and indicated that PMN310 displayed the greatest degree of oligomer selectivity. PMN310, the Company’s novel monoclonal antibody being evaluated as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), is currently undergoing Phase 1a clinical studies in healthy volunteers, with initial safety and pharmacokinetic data expected in mid-2024.

“The data in this publication highlight PMN310’s high degree of selectivity for toxic Ab oligomers and its differentiation from other Ab-directed antibodies,” stated Neil Warma, Chief Executive Officer of ProMIS Neurosciences. “We believe that PMN310’s ability to avoid both monomer and plaque binding has the potential to improve efficacy and reduce the risk of amyloid-related imaging abnormalities (ARIA), a key indicator of edema and microhemorrhage risk associated with plaque binding antibody therapies currently on the market and in development. We look forward to the top-line data readout for our Phase 1a study in the coming months and to advancing PMN310 into a Phase 1b multiple ascending dose study in AD patients.”

Aß-directed antibodies tested clinically for therapeutic activity against AD have shown varying degrees of efficacy. A side-by-side comparison of antibody binding to different molecular species of Aß conducted by ProMIS provided insight into the observed variability in clinical outcomes. A correlation was observed between reported clinical efficacy and the ability of an antibody to retain binding to soluble oligomers from AD brains when faced with monomer competition. PMN310 showed a high degree of resistance to monomer competition. Importantly, unlike all other antibodies tested, PMN310 also avoided binding to plaque and vascular deposits of Ab. Consequently, PMN310, may reduce the risk of brain edema (ARIA-E) and microhemorrhages (ARIA-H) often associated with plaque-binding antibodies. This premise is supported by the results showing that weekly dosing of a murine version of PMN310 at very high doses (800 mg/kg) for 26 weeks in a mouse model of AD did not cause any detectable brain hemorrhages upon microscopic examination.  

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About ProMIS Neurosciences Inc.

ProMIS Neurosciences Inc. is a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on generating and developing antibody therapeutics selectively targeting toxic misfolded proteins in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and multiple system atrophy (MSA). The Company’s proprietary target discovery engine applies a thermodynamic, computational discovery platform - ProMIS™ and Collective Coordinates - to predict novel targets known as Disease Specific Epitopes on the molecular surface of misfolded proteins. Using this unique approach, the Company is developing novel antibody therapeutics for AD, ALS and MSA. ProMIS has offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Toronto, Ontario.

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