WALTHAM, Mass. & MONTREAL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ventus Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company utilizing structural biology and a proprietary computational chemistry platform to identify and develop small molecule therapeutics across a broad range of diseases, announced that its Head of In Vitro and In Vivo Pharmacology, Anick Auger, presented an overview of the company’s novel NLRP3 inhibitor programs at the Fourth Inflammasome Therapeutics Summit, held from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 in Boston.
Ms. Auger detailed Ventus’ unique approach to structure-based drug discovery, which allowed the company to quickly identify and progress structurally distinct NLRP3 inhibitors and build a library of these potent inhibitors with pharmacological diversity. She also provided an update on the company’s brain-penetrant NLRP3 inhibitor, VENT-02, which was recently selected as Ventus’ second development candidate. VENT-02 has demonstrated potent inhibition of NLRP3 activity in peripheral blood mononuclear cells and whole blood across species. VENT-02 also showed an excellent CNS-to-plasma exposure ratio in all preclinical species, as well as robust in vivo activity.
“VENT-02 has demonstrated strong potential thus far in its development. As Ventus’ second NLRP3 development candidate, it shows our belief in targeting this inflammasome to address systemic and neurological diseases,” said Ms. Auger. “We are eager to progress our novel NLRP3 inhibitors towards the clinic and anticipate initiating a Phase 1 clinical trial for VENT-02 in 2023.”
For more information on the Inflammasome Therapeutics Summit, visit: https://inflammasome-therapeutics.com/.
NLRP3 is a member of a family of proteins known as inflammasome receptors and is integral in the formation of the NLRP3 inflammasome. Inflammasomes are multiprotein complexes that regulate the innate immune system and are involved in intracellular surveillance of danger signals that trigger an intense inflammatory response, via generation of IL-1β, IL-18 and lytic cell death termed as pyroptosis. Therapeutic inhibition of NLRP3 can, therefore, prevent the formation of the NLRP3 inflammasome, which in turn inhibits the production of IL-1β and IL-18. Aberrant activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome has been associated with systemic conditions, including fibrotic, dermatological, and rheumatological diseases, and figures prominently in several neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.
About Ventus Therapeutics
Ventus Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company deploying leading-edge structural biology and computational chemistry tools to create novel small molecule medicines for challenging targets, with an initial focus on immunology, inflammation and neurology. The Company’s proprietary drug discovery platform ReSOLVE gives it the ability to discover and develop medicines through unique insights into protein targets and to create dynamic blueprints that can guide the development of differentiated small molecule medicines. The Company’s lead programs target key innate immune modulators, including NLRP3 and cGAS. The Company aims to use its ReSOLVE platform to improve the way medicines are discovered and developed, with the ultimate goal of restoring the health of people facing serious illnesses. For more information, please visit www.ventustx.com and engage with Ventus on Twitter @Ventus_Tx or on LinkedIn.
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