Evotec AG and Sernova Corp. are joining forces in a bid to develop a functional cure for type 1 diabetes. The companies plan to file an IND early in 2024 for a combined cell therapy and medical device product comprising Evotec’s human beta cells, derived from the company’s induced pluripotent stem cell platform, and Sernova’s Cell Pouch delivery system, which provides transplanted cells with a vascularized, physiologically appropriate environment that enables them to secrete insulin and other hormones involved in regulating blood glucose levels.
Kriya Therapeutics Inc. has raised a $270 million series C financing to further develop its pipeline of gene therapies for treating cancer, ophthalmological problems, and rare and chronic diseases. The Redwood City, Calif.-based company has greatly expanded its employee roster, from about seven people to around 160 people, since its $80 million series A in May 2020 and scaled its learning-enabled tech and cloud computing abilities. It also further solidified its technology, manufacturing, R&D, and therapeutics units, something it plans to continue with the series C money.
Six weeks ahead of its June 26 PDUFA date, the U.S. FDA has approved a priority NDA for Eli Lilly and Co.’s Mounjaro (tirzepatide), an injectable treatment for adults with type 2 diabetes (T2D). The once-weekly, first-in-class medicine activates both glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptors, which leads to improved blood sugar control. The potential market is massive, as 462 million people across the planet have T2D. The numbers have been growing 1.4% annually as the population ages and grows more obese.
Arecor Therapeutics plc has presented early stage clinical data from a novel concentrated insulin formulation, which it hopes will outperform marketed rivals by allowing lower volume and reduced frequency doses. Cambridge, U.K.-based Arecor presented data at the International Advanced Technologies and Treatments for Diabetes meeting from AT-278, an investigational meal-time concentrated (500 U/mL) novel formulation of insulin.
Kallyope Inc., a company leveraging connections between the gut and brain to develop new medicines for diabetes, obesity and other diseases, has raised $236 million in series D financing to support its work. Readouts of early clinical data for its most advanced programs, phase I small molecules for metabolic disease and gut barrier conditions, will start to arrive later this year, company CEO and President Jay Galeota told BioWorld.
Eli Lilly and Co. has the dubious distinction of receiving the first untitled letter in 2022 from the FDA’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion. The letter, sent Jan. 19 and posted this week, takes the Indianapolis-based company to task for an Instagram ad promoting Lilly’s diabetes drug Trulicity (dulaglutide).