R&D activities will focus on proprietary complement science
Site will be overseen by InflaRx Chief Scientific Officer
Jena, Germany, 05 June 2018 - InflaRx N.V. (Nasdaq: IFRX), a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative therapeutics to treat life-threatening inflammatory diseases by targeting the complement system, a key component of the innate immune system, announced they have opened a new research facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the United States. The facility will be part of InflaRx Pharmaceuticals Inc., a wholly owned US subsidiary of the InflaRx N.V. group, and operations will serve to further develop and extend the Company’s unique complement system-based therapeutics.
“At InflaRx, our primary focus is to discover and develop complement-based therapeutics that can change the way inflammatory diseases are treated by providing innovative solutions for patients with currently unmet medical needs,” said Prof. Niels Riedemann, MD, Chief Executive Officer of InflaRx. “The opening of InflaRx’s new research site in Ann Arbor, the city where our co-founder and CSO, Renfeng Guo, and I met and conducted our post-graduate studies researching the complement system, highlights the Company’s strong connection to cutting edge science and dedication to innovation.”
InflaRx Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Renfeng Guo commented: “The Company’s return to its scientific origins in Ann Arbor by opening this research facility is a significant milestone for InflaRx that will afford us significant advantages as we focus on our mission of discovering and developing superior treatments for inflammatory conditions. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to drive the site’s operations and look forward to taking full advantage of our new capabilities as we accelerate and broaden our pipeline.”
Following InflaRx’s successful initial public offering on the Nasdaq exchange in November of last year and the recent successful follow-on offering, the opening of this research facility represents the continued growth of the Company’s presence in the US. The opening comes at a time when the Company’s lead candidate, IFX-1 is advancing through clinical trials with phase 2B data for its lead indication, hidradenitis suppurativa, expected in the first half of 2019.
IFX-1 is a first-in-class monoclonal anti-complement factor C5a antibody, which highly and effectively blocks the biological activity of C5a and demonstrates high selectivity towards its target in human blood. Thus, IFX-1 leaves the formation of the membrane attack complex (C5b-9) intact as an important defense mechanism, which is not the case for molecules blocking the cleavage of C5. IFX-1 has demonstrated control of the inflammatory response driven tissue and organ damage by specifically blocking C5a as a key “amplifier” of this response in pre-clinical studies. IFX-1 is the first monoclonal anti-C5a antibody introduced into clinical development that has, to date, successfully completed three clinical Phase II studies. In total, more than 150 patients have so far been treated with IFX-1, which was well tolerated. IFX-1 is currently being developed for different inflammatory indications.
About InflaRx N.V.:
InflaRx (Nasdaq: IFRX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on applying its proprietary anti-C5a technology to discover and develop first-in-class, potent and specific inhibitors of C5a. Complement C5a is a powerful inflammatory mediator involved in the progression of a wide variety of autoimmune and other inflammatory diseases. InflaRx was founded in 2007 and has offices in Jena and Munich, Germany. InflaRx is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market in the United States under the trading symbol “IFRX”. For further information please visit www.inflarx.com.
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