LEXINGTON, Mass., Oct. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kaleido Biosciences, Inc. (KLDO), a clinical-stage healthcare company with a chemistry-driven approach to leveraging the microbiome organ to treat disease and improve human health, has entered into a research collaboration with Jeffrey Gordon, M.D., Director of the Edison Family Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at Washington University School of Medicine, to explore the influence of Microbiome Metabolic Therapies (MMT™) on microbial and host physiology and metabolism.
Dr. Gordon is considered the founder of the modern microbiome field and is recognized worldwide for his fundamental work in uncovering the underpinnings of the relationships between microorganisms residing in the gut and mammalian physiology. He and his group have focused their efforts on understanding the influence of the gut microbiota on nutritional status, notably in two pressing global health challenges – obesity and childhood malnutrition. Under the collaboration, gnotobiotic preclinical models will be combined with innovative experimental and computational methods to further identify molecular pathways by which Kaleido’s MMTs can modify the functional configuration of the gut microbiome and its metabolic outputs.
“The research and techniques emerging from Dr. Gordon’s laboratory have greatly influenced the scientific understanding of the microbiome’s impact on health and are foundational to the emergence of microbiome-based intervention strategies. We are honored to collaborate with Dr. Gordon and his team, and to access their tools and technology as we advance our knowledge of the effects of our MMTs in vivo,” said Johan van Hylckama Vlieg, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Kaleido. “The insights we expect to gain together into the pharmacology of MMTs, how they are processed in the GI tract and which microbes they influence, will greatly benefit Kaleido’s development programs and future pipeline and advance the field of microbiome research.”
“Understanding the metabolic foundations of the relationship between humans and their gut microbiomes is key to identifying new ways to change the properties of our microbial communities to improve health status,” said Dr. Gordon. “As part of the collaboration, we’ll be evaluating how MMTs influence the metabolic interactions between key components of the gut microbiome during and after its formation. We’re working to devise new ways to deliberately and safely alter the gut microbiome’s metabolic output in certain disease contexts, including malnutrition.”
About Microbiome Metabolic Therapies (MMT™)
Kaleido’s Microbiome Metabolic Therapies, or MMTs, are designed to drive the function and distribution of the microbiome organ’s existing microbes in order to decrease or increase the production of metabolites, or to advantage or disadvantage certain bacteria in the microbiome community. The Company’s initial MMT candidates are targeted glycans that are orally administered, have limited systemic exposure, and are selectively metabolized by enzymes in the microbiome. Kaleido utilizes its human-centric discovery and development platform to study MMTs in microbiome samples in an ex vivo setting, followed by advancing MMT candidates rapidly into clinical studies in healthy subjects and patients. These human clinical studies are conducted under regulations supporting research with food, evaluating safety, tolerability and potential markers of effect. For MMT candidates that are further developed as therapeutics, the Company conducts clinical trials under an Investigational New Drug (IND) or regulatory equivalent outside the U.S., and in Phase 2 or later development.
About Kaleido Biosciences
Kaleido Biosciences is a clinical-stage healthcare company with a differentiated, chemistry-driven approach to leveraging the microbiome organ to treat disease and improve human health. The Company has built a human-centric proprietary product platform to enable the rapid and cost-efficient discovery and development of novel Microbiome Metabolic Therapies (MMT™). MMTs are designed to modulate the metabolic output and profile of the microbiome by driving the function and distribution of the organ’s existing microbes. Kaleido is advancing a broad pipeline of MMT candidates with the potential to address a variety of diseases and conditions with significant unmet patient needs. To learn more, visit https://kaleido.com/.
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