Jena, Germany, January 10, 2022 – InflaRx N.V. (Nasdaq: IFRX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing anti-inflammatory therapeutics by targeting the complement system, today announced a new pipeline program, INF904, an oral small molecule inhibitor of C5aR.
“Inhibition of the C5a/C5aR axis provides strong anti-inflammatory effects in a variety of diseases. Blockade of C5a using highly specific antibodies, such as vilobelimab, may offer a fast, effective, and safe way to control C5a-induced inflammation. In addition to this approach, inhibition of C5aR by oral small molecules may provide the ease of administration required for effective long-term treatment for more chronic inflammatory diseases. In INF904, we have discovered a small molecule C5aR inhibitor, which has shown best-in-class potential in preclinical studies. We believe that INF904 could become a powerful inflammation-fighting tool that is highly complementary to vilobelimab,” said Prof. Renfeng Guo, Chief Scientific Officer and Founder of InflaRx.
InflaRx recently has been granted a composition of matter patent for INF904 and associated compounds by the US Patent and Trademark Office and has completed IND-enabling (preclinical) studies that demonstrated no obvious toxicological findings even in the highest dose groups in required GLP toxicity analyses. In these preclinical studies, oral INF904 showed higher plasma exposure in animals, including non-human primates, and improved inhibitory activity in a hamster neutropenia model compared to the marketed C5aR inhibitor. Anti-inflammatory therapeutic effects in several preclinical disease models were also demonstrated by INF904. Further, in contrast to the marketed C5aR inhibitor, in vitro experiments showed INF904 has substantially less inhibition of the cytochrome P450 3A4/5 (CYP3A4/5) enzymes, which play an important role in the metabolism of a variety of drugs, including glucocorticoids.
InflaRx expects to initiate a Phase I program in the second half of 2022 and plans to study INF904 in complement-mediated, chronic autoimmune and inflammatory diseases where oral administration is the preferred choice for patients.
About InflaRx N.V.:
InflaRx (Nasdaq: IFRX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on applying its proprietary technology to discover and develop first-in-class or best-in-class, potent and specific inhibitors of C5a and C5aR. Complement C5a and C5aR are powerful inflammatory mediators involved in the progression of a wide variety of autoimmune and other inflammatory diseases. InflaRx was founded in 2007, and the group has offices and subsidiaries in Jena and Munich, Germany, as well as Ann Arbor, MI, USA. For further information, please visit www.inflarx.com.
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