Statera Biopharma and Coeptis Therapeutics Announce Strategic Agreement for Rights to Entolimod
FORT COLLINS, Colo., April 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Statera Biopharma (Nasdaq: STAB) (the “Company”), a biopharmaceutical company creating next-generation immune therapies that focus on immune restoration and homeostasis, announced today that the Company has agreed to enter into a strategic agreement with Coeptis Therapeutics, Inc. (OTC PINK: COEP), a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative cell therapy platforms for cancer, to sell Statera’s rights to Entolimod and other related toll-like receptor 5 (TLR5) agonists. The consummation of the transaction is contingent upon negotiation of a definitive agreement and satisfaction of a number of closing conditions, including a contingency on Coeptis financing.
“Coeptis’ commitment to cancer therapies makes it a natural choice for the further development of Entolimod, which has demonstrated potential in multiple preclinical disease models,” said Michael K. Handley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Statera Biopharma. “With this announcement, we expect to improve our financial standing and enable the execution of a number of upcoming catalysts in advancing our programs and progressing toward our goal of changing the way people think about immunotherapy.”
Under the terms of the definitive agreement, Statera will receive a $6 million upfront payment and revenue-based milestone payments from Coeptis in exchange for Statera’s rights to any product containing Entolimod as an active ingredient and all other related TLR5 agonists. Coeptis will also assume responsibility for associated licenses, as well as Statera’s interest in Genome Protection, Inc.
“We believe that Entolimod has significant clinical and commercial potential as the first in a new generation of immunotherapies that may improve outcomes for patients with cancer and other serious medical conditions. We are excited to undertake this strategic investment to help develop innovative therapeutics that offer improved patient outcomes,” said Dave Mehalick, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Coeptis.
About Statera Biopharma
Statera Biopharma (formerly Cytocom, Inc.) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel immunotherapies targeting autoimmune, neutropenia/anemia, emerging viruses and cancers based on a proprietary platform designed to rebalance the body’s immune system and restore homeostasis. Statera has one of the largest platforms of toll-like receptor (TLR) agonists in the biopharmaceutical industry with TLR4 and TLR9 antagonists, and the TLR5 agonists, Entolimod and GP532. TLRs are a class of protein that plays a key role in the innate immune system. Statera is developing therapies designed to directly elicit within patients a robust and durable response of antigen-specific killer T-cells and antibodies, thereby activating essential immune defenses against autoimmune, inflammatory, infectious diseases, and cancers. Statera has clinical programs for Crohn’s disease (STAT-201), hematology (Entolimod), pancreatic cancer (STAT-401) and COVID-19 (STAT-205) in addition to potential expansion into fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis. To learn more about Statera Biopharma, please visit www.staterabiopharma.com.
About Coeptis Therapeutics
Coeptis Therapeutics, Inc., along with its wholly owned subsidiary Coeptis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (together "Coeptis"), is a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative cell therapy platforms for cancer that have the potential to disrupt conventional treatment paradigms and improve patient outcomes. Coeptis' product portfolio and rights is highlighted by a cell therapy technology (CD38-GEAR-NK) and an in vitro diagnostic (CD38-Diagnostic) targeting CD38-related cancers, which the company is developing with VyGen Bio and leading medical researchers at the Karolinska Institutet. Coeptis' business model is designed around maximizing the value of its current product portfolio and rights through in-license agreements, out-license agreements and co-development relationships, as well as entering into strategic partnerships to expand its product rights and offerings, specifically those targeting cancer. Coeptis was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in Wexford, PA. For more information on Coeptis visit https://coeptistx.com/.
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Executive V.P. Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
David Carey (IR)