San Diego-based clinical-stage biotechnology company INmune Bio (NASDAQ:INMB) has three promising therapies now in clinical trial. Two of these target cancers; the other Alzheimer’s.
All three of the company’s therapies are designed to reprogram the body’s immune system to help it defeat these diseases. And while other companies are spending billions on therapies to harness the immune system, INmune Bio (INMB) approach is very different.
Readouts of Phase 1 clinical trial data for INBO3 are expected by summer 2019. Enrollment in Phase 2 clinical trial of INBO3 also starts this summer. And plans are to begin enrolling Alzheimer’s patients for the Phase I clinical trial of XPro1595 by mid-summer.
The Other Side Of The System
To put it simply, INmune Bio is looking where nobody else is. It’s focused on the other side of the immune system – the innate immune side.
Most people don’t realize that the human body’s immune system has two sides – essentially two immune systems. The adaptive side responds to foreign substances that enter the body; the innate side of the system deals with bad things that are already there.
And because many cancers develop from pre-cancerous cells that are created by the body, the adaptive immune system gives them a pass. Fortunately, the innate system doesn’t.
Its cells seek out and kill these abnormal cells. Which is why they’re called
Natural Killer Cells.
But sometimes these Natural Killer can’t do their job because cancer cells have the uncanny ability to make themselves virtually invisible. Especially those cancer cells left in the body after treatment. INmune Bio solution to the problem is a new product called INKmune™
INKmune™ programs the NK cells to identify these cloaked cancer cells and kill them. Which makes INKmune unlike any other cancer therapy in the world.
INKmune™ is currently approved for Phase 1 clinical trials in Great Britain. Once these results are accepted, the company plans Phase 2 trials in the United States.
As much of a breakthrough as INKmune™ promises to be, it’s not the only cancer weapon in INmune Bio’s arsenal. Of equal importance is …
INBO3 is a protein biologic that works by inhibiting the activities of another set of cells most people never heard of, the Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells or MDSC. These cells do their damage by creating a shield around the patient’s tumor so the body’s immune system can’t get at it.
INmune Bio (INMB) their INBO3 strips
away this shield so NK cells can attack the tumor. That gives other treatments a much better chance of being effective. And unlike earlier therapies, INBO3 doesn’t totally suppress the immune system which could make the cancer worse. What’s more, it can be combined with other therapies such as INKmune™ to enhance the cancer-fighting abilities of both.
In animal studies, those treated with INBO3 had smaller and fewer tumors, resulting in increased survival. The therapy is now in Phase 1 clinical trial with patients with advanced solid tumors.
INBO3 is part of a class of drugs called checkpoint inhibitors which is said to be a billion dollar market in the US alone. Other drugs in this class only work in 25% of cancer patients. With the increased efficacy of INBO3, INmune Bio believes it can help many more
patients and – not coincidentally – dominate the market.
INmune Bio’s cancer-fighting therapies and its approach to the disease have been subject to rigorous peer review and the results published in more than 50 scientific publications.
But INmune Bio (INMB) doesn’t stop at cancer. It’s also going after Alzheimer’s
A Different Approach To Alzheimer’s
Over 50 million people around the world suffer from Alzheimer’s, a number that continues to grow with the aging global population. At present, no cure exists.
Attempts at developing one have so far centered around treating Alzheimer’s as a neurology or brain disease. So far these attempts have been unsuccessful. Not surprisingly, INmune Bio is taking a decidedly different route. The company’s strategy is to attack Alzheimer’s as an immunologic disease.
The neurological approach holds that the disease begins with a dysfunction of the brain’s neurons or nerve cells and that inflammation is the result of the diseased neurons. INmune Bio believes that the damage to neurons is the result of the inflammation – not its cause.
This inflammation serves to “short circuit” much of the brain’s activity leading to cognitive decline, dementia, and other behavioral symptoms.
Consequently, INmune Bio’s new Alzheimer’s therapy, Xpro1595, targets the inflammatory changes in the brain. INmune Bio’s scientists say that once the inflammation is brought under control, cells begin to normalize themselves and the disease process is not only halted but shows signs of reversing.
What’s more, XPro1595 is expected to ameliorate the often-devastating symptoms of Alzheimer’s such as depression and anxiety.
The company plans to use the grant to advance XPro1595 in a Phase 1 trial expected to start mid-year.
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Through The Roof?
Should INmune Bio (NASDAQ:INMB) succeed in just one of its therapies, that’s where its stock would likely go. In biotech, it’s similar to when an oil company makes a discovery. The stocks go BIG.
But because stock in biotech companies can move on data alone, major movement could occur on the outcome of one of INmune Bio’s clinical trials for its therapies. And those are right around the corner.
How other micro-cap biotechs are faring
An Acquisition Magnet?
INmune Bio (NASDAQ:INMB) would also become a prime target for a buy out. Small, agile biotech companies that are developing disruptive technologies like INmune Bio are always targets for big pharma.
Big pharmaceutical companies don’t innovate – they acquire.
Xencor (XNCR), a pioneer in antibody drugs and INmune Bio’s largest shareholder, has an option to buy another 10% of the company could likely opt for the rest of it. Unless, of course, another deep-pocketed, big pharma company gets there first.
Billion Dollar Buyouts
There’ve been a lot of those in the immune-oncology space lately.
All of the companies bought were developing therapies and were acquired Pre-FDA approval. And every one was working along adaptive immune-oncology lines. Which, so far, haven’t worked.
Just imagine what big pharma would pay for a biotech with a therapy that did?
All of which in our opinion, makes INmune Bio (INMB) an immediate and unequivocal “buy.” But you might want to act fast. Before big pharma gets there.
More Than Making Money
This is one of those rare cases where there’s something even more important than that…
For if even one of the company’s new products proves safe and effective, the treatment of cancer or Alzheimer’s and the lives of millions of people would be forever changed. And the world would be changed … for the better.
If you’d like to be a part of that, while making a lot of money, we’d suggest you start researching INmune Bio now!
INmune Bio Rings Nasdaq Bell
IPO by ringing the NASDAQ closing bell.
Tesi says the company’s successful IPO provided it with “financing to pursue the continued advancement of our immunotherapy programs that harness the power of the innate immune system …” According to Tesi, INmume Bio “will continue to focus on developing innovative alternatives to fight cancer and neurodegenerative disease.”
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