NEW YORK, Oct. 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tiziana Life Sciences Ltd. (Nasdaq: TLSA) (“Tiziana” or the “Company”), a biotechnology company developing breakthrough immunomodulation therapies via novel routes of drug delivery, today announced the start of enrollment of the first patient cohort (n=4) in its Intermediate Size Patient Population Expanded Access Program to evaluate foralumab in non-active Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (SPMS) patients. This treatment program will evaluate dosing at the “standard” dosing of 50 mcg and, if needed, a higher 100 mcg dose of intranasal foralumab in two separate cohorts of four non-active SPMS patients each. The program is being conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
“In addition to this exciting news about starting this new treatment program in non-active SPMS, we are pleased to report that we are on track to conduct PET scans on our first two patients from our original study in the upcoming months,” commented Gabriele Cerrone, Executive Chairman and interim Chief Executive Officer of Tiziana. “These data will be vital to confirming the durable clinical benefits of intranasal foralumab and will support our efforts to begin our Phase 2 study of foralumab in SPMS patients in mid-to-late 2023.”
Dr. Tanuja Chitnis, M.D., Professor of Neurology and senior neurologist in the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and a member of Tiziana's Scientific Advisory Board, added, “We are looking forward to fully enrolling this important new treatment program. It will be the first time that non-active Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis patients may receive higher, 100 mcg dosing of intranasal foralumab. To date, we have only studied 50 mcg dosing in patients with non-active SPMS. Given the strong feedback we’ve received relative to evaluating foralumab in the non-active Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis patient population, I am anticipating swift enrollment of our first patient cohort.”
Foralumab (formerly NI-0401), the only entirely human anti-CD3 mAb, shows reduced release of cytokines after IV administration in healthy volunteers and in patients with Crohn's disease. In a humanized mouse model (NOD/SCID IL2γc-/-), it was shown that while targeting the T-cell receptor, orally administered Foralumab modulates immune responses of the T-cells and enhances regulatory T-cells (Tregs), thereby providing therapeutic benefit in treating inflammatory and autoimmune diseases without the occurrence of potential adverse events usually associated with parenteral mAb therapy. Once a day treatment for 10 consecutive days with intranasal foralumab was both well tolerated and produced clinical responses in COVID-19 patients. Based on these studies, the intranasal and oral administration of foralumab offers the potential to become a well-tolerated immunotherapy for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases by the induction of Tregs.
About Tiziana Life Sciences
Tiziana Life Sciences is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing breakthrough immunomodulation therapies via novel routes of drug delivery. Tiziana’s innovative nasal, oral and inhalation approaches in development have the potential to provide an improvement in efficacy as well as safety and tolerability compared to intravenous (IV) delivery. Tiziana’s two lead candidates, intranasal foralumab, the only fully human anti-CD3 mAb, and milciclib, a pan-CDK inhibitor, have both demonstrated a favorable safety profile and clinical response in patients in studies to date. Tiziana’s technology for alternative routes of immunotherapy has been patented with several applications pending and is expected to allow for broad pipeline applications.
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