CHICAGO & CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Exicure, Inc. (XCUR), a pioneer in gene regulatory and immunotherapeutic drugs utilizing spherical nucleic acid (SNA™) constructs, announced today that its CEO, David Giljohann, PhD, will present clinical data from the company’s Phase 1 study of its drug candidate XCUR17 in psoriasis. The presentation, titled “Clinical Results from XCUR17, a Topically Applied Antisense Spherical Nucleic Acid in Patients with Psoriasis,” will take place on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society in Munich. The presentation will occur during Session IX, which is focused on Oligonucleotide Clinical Studies.
On December 17, 2018, Exicure disclosed the first-in-human results of XCUR17 in this Phase 1 trial. Those results showed significant improvements in psoriasis clinical scores with no drug-related adverse events. Dr. Giljohann’s presentation will present new biomarker and histology data derived from the study.
Exicure’s drug candidate, XCUR17, is an SNA targeted to mRNA encoding interleukin 17 receptor alpha, or IL-17RA which is a key protein that propagates the inflammation underlying psoriasis. In preclinical studies, XCUR17 inhibited IL-17RA expression in human skin and in psoriatic mouse models.
About Exicure, Inc.
Exicure, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing therapeutics for immuno-oncology, inflammatory diseases and genetic disorders based on our proprietary Spherical Nucleic Acid, or SNA technology. Exicure believes that its proprietary SNA architecture has distinct chemical and biological properties that may provide advantages over other nucleic acid therapeutics and may have therapeutic potential to target diseases not typically addressed with other nucleic acid therapeutics. Exicure's lead program is in a Phase 1b/2 trial in patients with advanced solid tumors. Exicure is based outside of Chicago, IL and in Cambridge, MA. www.exicuretx.com
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