• Longtime expertise in antibody-based therapies enables targeted development of COVID-19 drugs.
  • Cooperation with renowned academic and industrial partners
  • Implementation of the innovative project without impact on ongoing biosimilar programs

Munich – Formycon AG (ISIN: DE000A1EWVY8/ WKN: A1EWVY) today announced the start of development of COVID-19 drugs. The company develops biological COVID-19 drugs using its clinically validated antibody-based protein drug technology platform, leveraging computer-aided structural protein design as well as a broad panel of physicochemical, functional and biological tests to screen for SARS-CoV-2 blocking antibody-based drugs.

Antibody-based COVID-19 drugs are being designed by computer modeling to achieve the desired specific function, efficacy and safety. Large molecules have specific advantages over small molecule anti-viral drugs, such as a significant longer half-life, which could also allow prophylactic treatment.

Formycon has established collaborations with renowned academic and industrial partners in this field and could already identify eight candidates for further testing. The results of preclinical development are expected in the fourth quarter of 2020. Depending on the outcome of the preclinical phase, clinical testing could be initiated in the third quarter of 2021.

“The novel coronavirus SARS-COV-2 is an unprecedented threat to millions of people, with enormous socio-economic implications. The development of drugs for the treatment of COVID-19 must therefore be accelerated worldwide. We are pleased to be able to contribute with Formycon, because antibody-based drugs have great potential as an important treatment option for COVID-19, and the long half-life of these large molecules could ultimately also protect physicians and care givers from infection in an outbreak scenario”, comments Dr. Carsten Brockmeyer, CEO of Formycon.

Dr. Stefan Glombitza, COO of Formycon, adds: “We are excited to combine the knowledge of our experienced team with our excellent scientific and industrial network to find treatment solutions for this global pandemic. Our scientists cumulate decades of experience in protein chemistry, analytics and immunology. Formycon also has many years of experience in successfully moving antibodies and antibody-based therapies into late stage clinical development. The implementation of this innovative project will have no impact on our ongoing biosimilar programs.”