Takeda and Affilogic Enter into Research Collaboration

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Takeda Pharmaceutical and Affilogic today jointly announced that the companies have entered into a research collaboration to explore using Affilogic’s proprietary Nanofitins® platform in therapies targeting the central nervous system.

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502) and Affilogic today jointly announced that the companies have entered into a research collaboration to explore using Affilogic’s proprietary Nanofitins® platform in therapies targeting the central nervous system. Specifically, Affilogic and Takeda, through its research center in San
Diego, California, will leverage their respective competencies to validate and optimize Nanofitins® that enable Takeda to deliver biotherapeutic candidates into the brain to address neurological disorders.
“Takeda has world class expertise in central nervous system drug
discovery and we are very enthusiastic to work together to develop
innovative biotherapeutics for the treatment of a number of neurological
diseases,” said Olivier Kitten, Chief Executive Officer of Affilogic.
“Takeda is a partner of choice for Affilogic to significantly expand the
number of research programs relying on our Nanofitins® platform
advancing into clinical trials.”
“The collaboration with Affilogic provides Takeda with an excellent
opportunity to accelerate its modality diversification into biologics by
utilizing the innovative Nanofitin® technology that Affilogic has
developed,” commented Dr. Ceri Davies, Head of Takeda’s Central Nervous
System Drug Discovery.
Nanofitins® are potent antibody-mimetics, exhibiting high affinity and
specificity for capture, targeting and interaction with biomolecules.
They can be easily conjugated to other moieties, such as antibodies,
small molecules, and nanoparticles, to empower third parties’ molecules,
their very small size triggering low impact on the natural properties of
such payload.
Under the terms of the agreement, Affilogic will receive an upfront
payment and research funding, and is eligible to receive additional
development and sales milestone payments and royalties by Takeda. Takeda
will be entitled to commercialize worldwide products incorporating
Affilogic Nanofitins® resulting from the collaboration. Further details
of the agreement were not disclosed.
About Takeda
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:
) is a global, R&D-driven pharmaceutical company committed to
bringing better health and a brighter future to patients by translating
science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses its research
efforts on oncology, gastroenterology and central nervous system
therapeutic areas. It also has specific development programs in
specialty cardiovascular diseases as well as late-stage candidates for
vaccines. Takeda conducts R&D both internally and with partners to stay
at the leading edge of innovation. New innovative products, especially
in oncology, central nervous system and gastroenterology, as well as its
presence in emerging markets, fuel the growth of Takeda. More than
30,000 Takeda employees are committed to improving quality of life for
patients, working with our partners in health care in more than 70
For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com/news.
About Affilogic
Affilogic is a privately-owned biotech company specialized in discovery
and development of a novel class of targeting ligands called
Nanofitins®. Nanofitins® demonstrate many small molecule-like attributes
such as a very small size (7 kDa, around 20 times smaller than a
monoclonal antibody), an extreme robustness and a better tissue
penetration. Deriving from a naturally hyperstable scaffold, Nanofitins®
are resistant to temperature and pH, stable to proteases, spontaneously
refolding… Nanofitins® are produced by simple, scalable, GMP- compliant
bacterial fermentation at very attractive costs or by chemical synthesis.
Affilogic has designed Nanofitins® against 50+ targets to date,
including a wide range of circulating antigens (peptides, proteins),
membrane receptors for inhibition / modulation / translocation, and
complex entities (Virus-like Particles, bacteria, whole cells).
Nanofitin®-based drugs are currently being developed in collaboration
with Sanofi, Ferring Pharmaceuticals and other undisclosed
pharmaceutical companies. Several early-stage programs are currently

– (i) non-injectable administration of Nanofitins®
– (ii)
Nanofitin®-Drug Conjugates
– (iii) multifunctional Nanofitins®

Affilogic designs and develops Nanofitins® through early-stage
For more information, please visit www.affilogic.com.
Takeda’s Forward-Looking Statements
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The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak
only as of the date of this press release, and neither Affilogic nor
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