EpiAxis Therapeutics has signed a material transfer agreement (MTA) with Seattle Children’s Research Institute that will help researchers study a new approach to treating paediatric brain cancer.
As part of the agreement, EpiAxis Therapeutics will supply its lead peptide candidates for assessment in the laboratory of Dr Myron Evans II, principal investigator at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood
Cancer Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, with the goal of informing a new
wave of brain tumour treatments that are more targeted than current therapies, with fewer side effects.
“Using novel inhibitors against LSD1 as a treatment for paediatric brain tumours has the potential to enhance efficacy, which could bypass a number of problems associated with existing chemotherapy
and radiotherapy,” said EpiAxis Therapeutics CEO Dr. Jeremy Chrisp.
“Our first-in-class assets at EpiAxis Therapeutics have dual action and target dormant chemotherapy resistant cells while also improving the immune response against the persisting cells.“EpiAxis is very pleased to be supplying our lead peptides candidates to Seattle Children’s in hope of accelerating innovation in the treatment of paediatric brain cancer.”
Dr Evans II will be leading the project utilising EpiAxis’ lead peptide candidates. His research program focuses on epigenetic regulation in central nervous system development and how
deregulation contributes to paediatric brain tumours.
“For paediatric tumours, deregulation of normal epigenetic processes is central to tumour formation and provides novel avenues for targeted cancer therapy” said Dr Evans II.
“We are excited to work with EpiAxis to evaluate their peptides in the lab, and hopefully pursue them as novel therapies for children.”
For more information about the agreement between EpiAxis Therapeutics and Seattle Children’s, please contact:
Dr Jeremy Chrisp
Phone: +61 421 012 268