Hillstream BioPharma and Minotaur Therapeutics Sign Term Sheet to Advance Next-Generation Targeted Knob Biologics for Undruggable Targets
August 6th, 2021
Development partnership expected to capitalize upon tumor targeting Quatramersand novel “Knob” biologics
Knob biologics with ultra-long CDRs could be effective against undruggable targets
Bridgewater, NJ – August 6, 2021 — Hillstream BioPharma, Inc. (“Hillstream”, the “Company”) today announced the signing of a non-binding term sheet with Minotaur Therapeutics (“Minotaur”) to advance the development of the next generation targeted Knob biologics for undruggable targets including c-MYC combined with Hillstream’s tumor-targeting Quatramers™.
The technologies of Hillstream and Minotaur will be combined to advance the creation and clinical advancement of targeted biotherapeutics. The Knobs biologics feature ultra-long complementary determining region 3 (CDR3) domains to access heretofore hidden or highly inaccessible epitopes in traditional antibody development. With a much smaller size compared to antibodies combined with a novel genetic and structural diversity, the Knobs enable binding to conformational or linear or discontinuous epitopes in undruggable targets. Further, using Quatramers coated with “multi-specific” Knobs, Hillstream believes it could more efficiently target complex, glycosylated cell surface targets than the known or existing biologics.
Dr. Vaughn Smider, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Minotaur, stated “We are excited to combine Minotaur’s bovine antibody Knob biologics with Hillstream’s tumor-targeting Quatramers to discover and develop a novel next-generation of targeted biologics.”
Recent evidence suggests that antibodies derived from mouse or human sources use the surface formed by complementarity determining regions (CDRs) on the variable regions of the heavy chain/light chain heterodimer, which typically forms a relatively flat binding surface. Alternative species, particularly camelids and bovines, provide a paradigm for antigen recognition through novel domains which form the antigen binding site. However, for camelids, heavy chain antibodies bind antigen with only a single heavy chain variable region, in the absence of light chains. Meanwhile, in bovines, ultralong CDR-H3 regions form an independently folding mini-domain, which protrudes far out from the surface of the antibody and forms a “stalk and knob” structure which is diverse in both its sequence and disulfide patterns. These atypical antigen binding sites of bovines potentially provide the ability to interact with different antigenic determinants capable of eliciting an immune response, particularly recessed or concave surfaces, compared to traditional antibodies.
Randy Milby, Chief Executive Officer of Hillstream, stated, “The Knob biologics will be a great addition to our portfolio and Dr. Vaughn Smider is a pioneer in the discovery, engineering and understanding of antibodies. Quatramer is a key Hillstream platform which is now poised to create a novel technology creating “smart carriers” with multiple possibilities for enhancing targeted cancer immunotherapy.”
About Hillstream BioPharma, Inc.
Hillstream BioPharma, Inc. (Hillstream) is a biotechnology company developing novel therapeutic candidates targeting ferroptosis, an emerging new anti-cancer mechanism resulting in iron mediated cell death (“IMCD”) for drug resistant and devastating cancers. Hillstream’s most advanced candidate is HSB-1216, an IMCD modulator, targeting a variety of solid tumors. The active drug in HSB-1216 was found to be efficacious in a clinical pilot study in Germany in devastating cancers, including triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) and epithelial carcinomas. Hillstream intends to start a clinical study with HSB-1216 in 2022 to expand upon the existing early clinical proof-of-concept. Hillstream uses Quatramer™, our proprietary tumor targeting platform, to enhance the uptake of HSB-1216 in the tumor microenvironment (“TME”) with an extended duration of action and minimal off-target toxicity. In addition, Trident Artificial Intelligence (“TAI” or “Trident”), Hillstream’s artificial intelligence precision medicine platform, is used to identify biomarkers in our clinical programs to target a specific patient segment most likely to benefit. For more information, please visit www.hillstreambio.com.
About Minotaur Therapeutics
Minotaur Therapeutics is a private biotechnology company developing unique biotherapeutics for oncology and immunology. Minotaur uses the novel ultralong CDR3 scaffold of bovine antibodies which allows unique targeting properties. Minotaur has licensing and partnership arrangements with The Applied Biomedical Science Institute on this emerging therapeutic class and its underlying technologies.
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