SEATTLE & HANGZHOU, China--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alpine Immune Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALPN), a company focused on discovering and developing innovative, protein-based immunotherapies to treat cancer, autoimmune/inflammatory, and other diseases, and Laurel Venture Capital, a life science focused venture capital fund based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang China, today announced the completion of the sale and transfer of global rights to the S-Nitrosoglutathione Reductase (GSNOR) assets from Alpine to Laurel Venture Capital. The assets include broad intellectual property around small molecule GSNOR inhibitors, including the most clinically advanced orally active GSNOR inhibitor, cavosonstat, a product candidate for severe asthma and COPD demonstrating compelling safety and efficacy in preclinical and clinical studies. As a result of the transaction, Alpine will receive an upfront payment and is eligible for potential approval milestone and royalty payments. Alpine acquired the GSNOR assets as part of its merger with Nivalis Therapeutics, Inc. in 2017.
GSNOR serves a pivotal role in controlling nitric oxide availability within tissues and plays an important regulatory role in smooth muscle tone, immune function, inflammation and neuronal development. Disregulation of GSNOR has been implicated in disease and studies have shown pharmacologic GSNOR inhibition attenuates lung and systemic inflammation, decreases airspace enlargement in models of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and improves bronchoconstriction in asthma.
Following completion of the acquisition, Laurel Venture Capital will incorporate a new entity in China to maintain the acquired assets. The management team of this newly formed entity will work toward expansion of a Phase II clinical study of cavosonstat to a global multi-centre clinical program and explore prospective new indications. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to sponsor a phase II clinical study of cavosonstat for severe asthma in the United States.
Alpine Immune Sciences
Alpine Immune Sciences, Inc. is focused on developing novel protein-based immunotherapies based upon its variant lg Domain (vlgD) technology. vlgDs are engineered to interact with multiple immune targets, including many present in the immune synapse. Alpine’s vlgDs are developed with its proprietary platform technology utilizing a process known as directed evolution, which produces proteins capable of either enhancing or diminishing an immune response and making vlgD-based therapeutics, potentially capable of treating cancer, autoimmune/inflammatory, and other diseases. Alpine has also developed Transmembrane Immunomodulatory Protein (TIP) technology, based on vlgD technology, to potentially enhance engineered cellular therapies. For more information, visit www.alpineimmunesciences.com.
Laurel Venture Capital
Laurel Venture Capital is a Venture Capital Fund based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. Laurel Venture Capital primarily makes equity investments in all stages of life science and therapeutics companies around the globe. Laurel Venture Capital is actively investing and seeking in-licensing opportunities in biotech innovations and assets that have an appealing commercial opportunity in China (e.g. cancer immunotherapy, gene therapy and new antibiotics).
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