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Enochian Biosciences Announces Uplisting to Nasdaq Under Symbol “ENOB”
– Appoints former President of GSK Global Vaccine business, Luc Debruyne, to Board of Directors –
– Advances ENO-1001 for HIV by entering into research collaboration with Scripps Research –
– Enters into agreement with Hitachi Chemical Advanced Therapeutics Solutions to further CMC development for ENO-1001 –
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enochian Biosciences, Inc. (“Enochian” or the “Company”) (OTCQB: ENOB), a biopharmaceutical company developing potentially curative and preventative gene-modified cell therapy platforms to transform the lives of persons living with HIV and cancer patients, today announced that the Company has received confirmation that its application to list the Company's common stock on the NASDAQ Capital Market has been approved by the NASDAQ Stock Market.
Enochian's common stock is expected to begin trading on the NASDAQ Capital Market on December 10, 2018 under the ticker symbol “ENOB.” The Company's common stock will continue to trade on the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board under the ticker symbol “ENOB” until market close on December 7, 2018.
“We believe that the uplisting to NASDAQ will help attract institutional investors, broaden our shareholder base and enhance trading liquidity. We are excited about this milestone and look forward to progressing our gene-modified cell therapy platform to treat infectious disease and cancer patients," stated Eric Leire, MD, CEO.
Board of Directors Update
Luc Debruyne joined Enochian’s Board of Directors in November 2018. Mr. Debruyne held a series of senior management positions at GSK during his 27-year career. Most recently, he served as President of Global Vaccines, during which time the company became the number one vaccines company in the world in sales, achieving global vaccines sales of more than $6bn in 2017. In this role for the past five years, he oversaw the successful integration of the Novartis vaccines business, including incorporating R&D portfolios and manufacturing networks, aligning resources to priority projects, preparing the Shingrix launch and building a stronger presence in the US. Mr. Debruyne will leave GSK at the end of 2018. Mr. Debruyne holds a Masters Degree in Physical Education from University of Leuven.
Mr. Debruyne stated, “It is an exciting time to join the Enochian Biosciences’ Board, and I am looking forward to making an active contribution to bring its innovative science to many patients.”
“We have made tremendous progress over the past year in advancing our mission to develop therapies designed to change the course of treatment for people living with HIV and for cancer patients. We are equally excited about all the world leading competences we have been able to get onboard based upon our promising science -the latest being Luc Debruyne’s appointment to our board, as he brings close to three decades of pharmaceutical industry expertise to Enochian,” stated Mr. Rene Sindlev, Chairman.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT UPDATE
Enochian and Scripps Research, one of the most notable medical research institutions in the world, entered a fee-for-service agreement to conduct a series of syngeneic and humanized mice studies. The research is being conducted in the laboratory of Phillippe Gallay, PhD, Professor of Immunology in the Scripps Research Department of Immunology and Microbiology, to assess the efficacy of ENO-1001. The Company anticipates that this agreement will help advance the pre-clinical work necessary to obtain an Investigational New Drug application (IND) with the FDA and provide further valuable insights into the HIV program.
Hans Peter Kiem, Director of Stem Cell and Gene Therapy Program at Fred Hutch and Member of Enochian’s Scientific Advisory Board, remarked, “It is so important to find a cure for HIV, so many people are affected and would benefit. We need companies like Enochian Biosciences to pursue this very important goal.”
R&D Agreement with Dong Sung An, MD, PhD, Professor at UCLA
Enochian also entered into an R&D agreement with Dong Sung An, MD, PhD, professor at UCLA. The team focuses on employing genetic modification techniques to make the human population resistant to HIV. Professor An will support the Company’s pre-clinical development program, including but not limited to viral vector design. UCLA is one of the leading academic centers in the field of HIV/AIDS research. Dr. An’s prior work for vector designs for an efficient stem cell gene modification to develop anti-HIV will provide valuable insights to Enochian HIV program.
David Hardy, MD, Adjunct Professor of Medicine at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, former Chief Medical Officer of Calimmune and Member of Enochian Biosciences’ Scientific Advisory Board, stated, “Enochian’s efforts to pursue a cure for HIV using a novel gene-modified stem cell delivery system builds upon and extends previous successful research in this therapeutic space. While cautiously optimistic, I am excited to support these efforts to take on this high priority therapeutic challenge.”
Hitachi Chemical Advanced Therapeutics Solutions (HCATS)
Enochian and HCATS (ex-PCT Cell Therapy Services), a US subsidiary of Hitachi Chemical Co, one of the world’s largest cell therapy contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), signed an agreement to perform a manufacturing assessment of Enochian Biosciences’ ENO-1001 in support of Enochian’s efforts to develop the CMC section of ENO-1001. This agreement allows Enochian Biosciences to leverage HCATS’ extensive experience in cell therapy development and manufacturing technology and wide-ranging manufacturing locations and we believe will allow us to provide clinical supply for our clinical trials in the future.
Intellectual Property Update
Enochian is pleased to announce the filing of a series of patent applications directed to ENO-1001, ENO-2001 (preventative HIV vaccine, and ENO-5001, the Company’s off the shelf, genetically-modified allogeneic dendritic cell-based therapy that is under development as a therapeutic cancer vaccine. This genetically-modified allogeneic dendritic cell-based technology platform is for solid tumors (80% of the cancer market) what the Car-T Cell technology is for liquid tumors (20% of the cancer market) - and potentially more potent.
Mark Dybul, MD, former head of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, now Chairman of Enochian Biosciences’ Scientific Advisory Board and a member the Board of Directors, remarked, “Enochian has innovative solutions to ensure that gene-modified cells that cannot be infected by HIV can take over without wiping out the immune system. This approach could be used throughout the world and help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The Company also has novel approaches to achieve lifelong remission of major cancers. After a career dedicated to controlling and treating HIV and major cancers, nothing could be more exciting and fulfilling than being a part of Enochian.”
Enochian Biosciences is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel gene-modified cell therapies aimed to change the course of treatment in HIV/AIDS and cancer. The Company utilizes its proprietary expertise in gene therapy, gene regulation and cell therapy to alter the course of multiple indications. The Company’s lead candidate, ENO-1001 (pre-IND) is a potential cure for HIV/AIDS. ENO-2001 is an HIV vaccine in preclinical stage, and its additional compounds ENO-5001 (gene-modified allogeneic dendritic cell therapy for solid cancers) and ENO-4002 (for prevention of relapse in colon cancer patients) are in discovery stages.
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