Biological drugs including antibodies have great potential in the treatment of brain diseases, however their effectiveness may be limited by their poor ability to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Vect-Horus has developed its VECTrans® technology that facilitates the delivery of drugs or imaging agents into the brain.
In the research collaboration, Vect-Horus will oversee the design of the conjugates and the conduct of the in vivo proof-of-concept brain uptake studies. Janssen will lead further preclinical and clinical development.
Under the terms of the agreement, Vect-Horus will receive payments for R&D costs and is eligible to receive payments for additional option exercise fees, development and sales milestones.
"We are pleased with the signing of this agreement. Combining the expertise of Janssen in CNS diseaseswith our brain delivery technology should lead to further progress in treating patients with neurodegenerative diseases", says Alexandre TOKAY, co-founder and CEO of Vect-Horus.
"We are looking forward to working with the Janssen scientists to successfully achieve the objectives wehave set out in the agreement " said Dr Jamal TEMSAMANI, Director of Drug Development, Vect-Horus.This collaboration is part of Vect-Horus’ framework strategy, which is to use its VECTrans® technologyto enter into R&D agreements with biopharmaceutical companies to generate patentable new chemicalentities, based on the vectorization of their drug candidates.