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Strategic Buys Fuel MAb Developer Immune Pharma

By Marie Powers
Staff Writer

Thursday, December 27, 2012

In less than three years, privately held Immune Pharmaceuticals has matured from a start-up launched with a single monoclonal antibody (MAb) licensed from Canada's iCo Therapeutics Inc. into a biotech capable of absorbing the assets of publicly traded EpiCept Corp. in an all-stock deal.

Immune, which has joint headquarters in Herzliya-Pituach, Israel, and New York, is advancing lead compound bertilimumab, a fully human MAb that targets eotaxin, in the initial inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) indications of ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease.

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