"This is a key patent in that it directly covers the composition of IR501, our investigational therapeutic vaccine in development to treat rheumatoid arthritis," said Richard Bartholomew, Ph.D., Executive Director, Research Operations, of The Immune Response Corporation. "The issuance of this patent serves to further strengthen our comprehensive intellectual property position in the field of T cell receptor peptide vaccine research."
The Company has successfully completed two Phase 2 clinical trials in rheumatoid arthritis using this proprietary immune-based therapy. In a Phase 2b clinical trial of 340 rheumatoid arthritis patients with active disease, the Company's investigational product demonstrated safety and tolerability, and suggested a statistically significant treatment effect using criteria established by the American College of Rheumatology.
Several autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and multiple sclerosis, result from the proliferation of misdirected T cells that incorrectly identify and destroy the individual's own tissue, such as the lining of joints in rheumatoid arthritis. The Company's proprietary technology seeks to identify unique T cell receptors (TCRs), which are proteins found on the surface of these autoreactive pathogenic T cells. Patients are then vaccinated with portions of these TCR proteins, called TCR peptides, which are specific to these autoreactive T cells. The Company believes that this therapy may induce the immune system to eliminate or inhibit the aberrant T cells without affecting other normal cells.
The Immune Response Corporation is a biopharmaceutical company based in Carlsbad, California, developing immune-based therapies to induce specific immune responses for the treatment of HIV, autoimmune diseases and cancer. In addition, the Company is developing a targeted non-viral delivery technology for gene therapy, which is designed to enable the delivery of genes directly to the liver via intravenous injection.
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