SIOUX FALLS, S.D.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SAB Biotherapeutics (SAB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a novel immunotherapy platform that produces specifically targeted, high-potency, fully-human polyclonal antibodies without the need for human donors, today announced the completion of enrollment in its Phase 2a clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of SAB-176 in a challenge study. SAB-176 is a novel anti-influenza human immunotherapy designed to address the limitations of current treatments for moderate to severe seasonal influenza. It is a high-potency multivalent human polyclonal antibody therapeutic designed specifically to treat or prevent Type A and Type B seasonal and pandemic influenza virus infections, including emerging and mutating strains.
“Achieving full enrollment in the Phase 2a study of SAB-176 marks a milestone in advancing our growing clinical pipeline and reflects progress toward our goal of successfully developing our unique therapeutic candidate, which has demonstrated the potential to overcome key limitations of previous and current treatments for seasonal influenza,” said Eddie J. Sullivan, PhD, co-Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of SAB Biotherapeutics. “These include its ability to simultaneously target Type A and B influenza, including emerging and mutating strains, to potentially offer a more effective treatment option than current antivirals, and to provide additional prophylaxis protection for high-risk populations. The recent surge of COVID-19 cases worldwide highlights the importance of addressing other highly-mutating viruses like influenza that may exacerbate the impact of pandemics.”
The Phase 2a clinical trial is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study that is evaluating the safety and treatment efficacy of SAB-176 in 60 healthy adults challenged with a pandemic influenza virus strain (pH1N1). The primary endpoint of the study is viral load of subjects treated with SAB-176 compared to placebo at 28 days as measured by qRT-PCR nasal samples. For more information on the study, visit clinicaltrials.gov (Identifier: NCT04850898).
SAB-176 is also currently being evaluated in a Phase 1 ascending dose, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled safety trial in healthy volunteers, which has also completed enrollment.
On June 22, 2021, SAB announced a planned merger with Big Cypress Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: BCYP). The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021.
SAB-176 is a multivalent, broadly neutralizing fully-human polyclonal antibody therapeutic candidate in development for the treatment or prevention of severe influenza. The novel, specifically-targeted therapeutic leverages the natural human biological immune response to specifically bind to Type A and Type B influenza viruses. Like vaccines, it can also be modified to address annual strain changes when needed. Preclinical data suggests that SAB-176 offers broad protection against diverse influenza strains.
About Seasonal Influenza
According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), on average about 8% of the US population gets sick from flu each season and between 12,000 and 61,000 infected Americans die, depending on the severity of the season. In 2019-2020, considered a moderate flu season, 38 million people in the US became ill with the flu, 18 million saw a healthcare provider for treatment, 400,000 were hospitalized and an estimated 22,000 died. Globally, there are between 2.5 and 5 million influenza-related hospitalizations per year. The CDC recommends an annual flu shot for almost everyone over the age of six months, but each year less than half the population is vaccinated. In addition, because influenza viruses are highly mutating, the vaccines have varying levels of protection in any year, but rarely exceed 50% protection. Young children, the elderly, immune-compromised individuals and patients with chronic health conditions are especially at risk of poor outcomes from influenza.
About SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc.
SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc. (SAB) is a clinical-stage, biopharmaceutical company advancing a new class of immunotherapies leveraging fully human polyclonal antibodies. SAB has applied advanced genetic engineering and antibody science to develop transchromosomic (Tc) Bovine™ herds that produce fully-human antibodies targeted at specific diseases, including infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and influenza, immune system disorders including type 1 diabetes and organ transplantation, and cancer. SAB’s versatile DiversitAb™ platform is applicable to a wide range of serious unmet needs in human diseases. It produces natural, specifically targeted, high-potency, human polyclonal immunotherapies. SAB is currently advancing multiple clinical programs and has a number of collaborations with the US government and global pharmaceutical companies. For more information on SAB, visit: http://www.sabbiotherapeutics.com and follow @SABBantibody on Twitter.
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