EXTON, Pa., Oct. 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (IDRA), or the Company, announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will issue on November 5, 2019 U.S. Patent No. 10,10,463,686 entitled “Immune Modulation With TLR9 Agonists For Cancer Treatment,” which includes the Company’s investigational therapy tilsotolimod (IMO-2125).
The patent includes 24 claims directed to methods of treating melanoma with intratumoral administration of tilsotolimod in combination with certain immune checkpoint inhibitor therapies including CTLA-4, PD-1 or PD-L1 proteins. The patent provides exclusivity through September 2037.
“We are pleased with the continued development of tilsotolimod, including the breadth and duration of our patent portfolio,” said Vincent Milano, Idera’s Chief Executive Officer. “This new patent provides additional intellectual property coverage and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to tilsotolimod, patients living with melanoma and innovation.”
About Tilsotolimod (IMO-2125)
Tilsotolimod is a TLR 9 agonist that received Fast Track Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2017 for the treatment of anti-PD-1 refractory melanoma, in combination with ipilimumab as well as orphan drug designation from the FDA for the treatment of melanoma Stages IIb to IV. It signals the immune system to create and activate cancer-fighting cells (T-cells) to target solid tumors. Currently approved immuno-oncology treatments, specifically check-point inhibitors, provide benefit for some patients, but these therapies are limited in patients whose immune responses are missing or weak. Intratumoral injections with tilsotolimod are designed to selectively enable the tumor-specific T-cells to recognize and attack cancers that remained elusive and unrecognized by the immune system exposed to checkpoint inhibitors alone, while limiting toxicity or impact on healthy cells in the body.
About Idera Pharmaceuticals
Harnessing the approach of the earliest researchers in immunotherapy and the company’s vast experience in developing proprietary immunomodulatory platforms, Idera’s TLR agonist development program is focused on priming the immune system to play a more powerful role in fighting cancer, ultimately increasing the number of people who can benefit from immunotherapy. Idera also continues to focus on the acquisition, development and ultimate commercialization of drug candidates for both oncology and rare disease indications characterized by small, well-defined patient populations with serious unmet needs. To learn more about Idera, visit www.iderapharma.com.
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