Physiomics plc (AIM: PYC), the oncology consultancy using mathematical models to support the development of cancer treatment regimens and personalised medicine solutions, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a new agreement with ValiRx plc (AIM:VAL), a clinical stage drug development company. The new agreement supersedes the agreement between Physiomics and ValiRx which was announced on 13 September 2011.
Under the terms of the new agreement, ValiRx will benefit from Physiomics’ experience in modelling the effects of prostate cancer treatment, as well the use of the latest version of its Virtual Tumour™ technology, which will be applied to derive valuable information from the additional data generated by the completed clinical trial of VAL201. Physiomics will also support ValiRx in modelling the use of the VAL201 peptide in endometriosis (VAL301) and Coronavirus (BC201).
Physiomics has developed a quantitative systems pharmacology approach that uses pre-clinical and clinical data to model the activity of a drug candidate. This data can be used to explore the mechanism of action, disease impact and optimal dosing strategies.
Physiomics will receive a fee (capped at £6m) of 6% of any future net revenues that may be received by ValiRx relating to its commercialisation of VAL201 and its derivatives in any indication, including prostate cancer, endometriosis and treatment for Coronavirus infection. Eligibility for part of this fee will be conditional on completion of an agreed programme of work by Physiomics that builds on the work already carried out under the 2011 agreement. This programme of work will start on 15 February 2021 and is required to be completed by 15 November 2021. In recognition of the collaborative nature of this new agreement, Physiomics will also be offered a seat on the ValiRx scientific advisory board.
Dr Suzy Dilly, Chief Executive Officer of ValiRx, commented: “I am pleased to be able to expand our collaboration and the scope of work being carried out by Physiomics. Enhancing the scientific understanding of our results using cutting edge technology ensures we maximise the value of the data we have collected. This will help in the design and execution of future clinical trials and support discussions with potential new partners. We expect that outputs from the application of Physiomics’ technology will be incorporated into scientific publications presenting the results from the VAL201 clinical trial.”
Dr Jim Millen, Chief Executive Officer of Physiomics, added: “We are delighted to be working once again with ValiRx on a programme of work that replaces and extends that originally agreed in 2011. Since the time of the original agreement, Physiomics has gained significant additional experience in the modelling of prostate and other cancers and we will be aiming to generate new insights which can improve development outcomes.”
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Notes to Editor
Physiomics plc (AIM: PYC) is an oncology consultancy using mathematical models to support the development of cancer treatment regimens and personalised medicine solutions. The Company’s Virtual Tumour™ technology uses computer modelling to predict the effects of cancer drugs and treatments to improve the success rate of drug discovery and development projects while reducing time and cost. The predictive capability of Physiomics’ technologies have been confirmed by over 80 projects, involving over 40 targets and 70 drugs, and has worked with clients such as Merck KGaA, Astellas, Merck & Co and Bicycle Therapeutics.
About ValiRx plc
ValiRx accelerates the development of treatments in oncology and women’s health to improve patient lives. We provide the scientific, financial and commercial framework towards enabling rapid translation of innovative science into clinical development.
With our extensive and proven experience in research and drug development, we select and incubate promising novel drug candidates and guide them through an optimised process of development, from pre-clinical studies to clinic and investor-ready assets.
Integrating science and business
We connect diverse disciplines across scientific, technical and commercial domains, with the aim of achieving a more streamlined, less costly, drug development process. We work closely with our selected collaborators and leverage the combined expertise required for science to advance.
Lead candidates from our portfolio are out-licensed or partnered with investors through ValiRx subsidiary companies for further clinical development and commercialisation. https://www.valirx.com/
VAL201 is a short peptide being studied as a potential treatment for prostate cancer. The peptide structure is inspired by the naturally occurring androgen receptor and is designed to intercept and prevent the binding of the androgen receptor to SRC kinase – an enzyme implicated in cancerous cell growth pathways. By preventing the androgen-mediated activation of SRC kinase, VAL201 can potentially prevent cancerous cell proliferation (or growth) without interfering with other functions of either the androgen receptor or SRC kinase. This precision method, mimicking a natural process, proposes a high specificity of cancer treatment with a lower side effect profile. VAL201 was licensed from CRT (part of CRUK) in 2010 and developed through preclinical development into this clinical trial in patients with advanced prostate cancer. The study was held at University College Hospital (UCLH), London.