Coya Therapeutics Expands Sponsored Research Collaboration with Houston Methodist Research Institute to Advance Regulatory T Cell Exosome Platform into the Clinic

Joint effort to leverage existing collaboration and non-dilutive grants to advance development of proprietary Treg exosome technology towards a first-in-human clinical study, continue work on validating biomarkers in a variety of neurodegenerative diseases, and explore novel synergistic drug combinations with COYA 301 (proprietary Low Dose Interleukin-2, or LD IL-2)

Coya Therapeutics, Inc, a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing biologics intended to enhance regulatory T cell (Treg) function, announces the expansion of its research collaboration with the Houston Methodist Research Institute (“HMRI”) through a sponsored research agreement (SRA) covering multiple initiatives.

The development and production of exosomes from patients’ regulatory T cells will be funded by the Johnson Center for Cellular Therapeutics with participation of the SRA from Coya to Dr. Stanley Appel, Director of the Johnson Center and Chair of Coya’s Scientific Advisory Board.

Coya and HMRI will advance the development of multiple patented modalities of exosomes, including full characterization of the nanovesicles, and GMP manufacturing to enable a first-in-human academic clinical study. Furthermore, Coya will continue the characterization and validation of several clinical biomarkers in patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, and Parkinson’s Disease. These proprietary biomarkers will provide valuable tools to better objectively correlate disease status and biological processes, improve the criteria for participation and stratification in clinical studies, and assess treatment response. In addition, Coya and HMRI will continue exploring the potential synergy of COYA 301 (LD IL-2) with other relevant drug products, following the innovative approach of COYA 302 (LD IL-2 + CTLA4-Ig) targeting multiple paths involved in the pathophysiology of severe neurodegenerative and autoimmune diseases. Biologic combinations serve as the cornerstone of Coya’s unique approach in addressing the complex pathophysiology of diseases and offer future opportunities for strategic collaborations.


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