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Friday, December 19, 2014

Company News: Anergis Granted U.S. Patent for Ragweed Allergy Vaccine AllerR

-      Anergis receives notice of allowance from U.S. Patent Office for patent on ultra-fast treatment for ragweed allergies

Anergis, a company developing proprietary ultra-fast allergy vaccines, today announced that it received a notice of allowance from the U.S. patent authorities for its patent covering composition and methods of use of its ragweed allergy product AllerR. AllerR is based on Anergis´ unique Contiguous Overlapping Peptide (COP) platform. COPs are pharmaceutical-grade, long-peptide immunotherapeutics designed for an ultra-fast, safe and long-lasting treatment of allergy patients.

Ragweed pollen is believed to be the most allergenic of all pollens. Allergies to ragweed pollen are mostly prevalent in the USA, where they affect an estimated 27 million patients, with a high degree of severity in many of them. Among others, ragweed allergies are a major cause of asthma. Fifty percent (50%) of allergic patients in the United States are sensitized to ragweed.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Company News: Anergis Starts Phase II Dose Ranging Trial with Birch Pollen Allergy Vaccine AllerT

-      Dose assessment for upcoming Phase III trial

Anergis, a company developing proprietary ultra-fast allergy vaccines, today announced the start of a Phase II trial designed to finalize the dose selection for the Phase III study of AllerT. AllerT is Anergis´ lead vaccine against birch pollen allergy that originated from the company´s proprietary Contiguous Overlapping Peptide (COP) platform. COPs are pharmaceutical-grade, long-peptide immunotherapeutics designed for an ultra-fast, safe and long-lasting treatment of allergy patients.

The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, 4-parallel-group trial will assess the dose response efficacy of AllerT across doses of 50 µg, 25 µg, 10 µg compared to a placebo in an environmental exposure chamber (EEC). Approximately 180 birch pollen allergy patients will receive 5 subcutaneous injections over 2 months. All enrolled patients will be challenged with birch pollen prior to receiving AllerT or the placebo, and 4 weeks after the last injection.