Collaboration focused on Type 1 Diabetes and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
using Quell’s proprietary multi-modular T-regulatory cell engineering
AstraZeneca has entered into an exciting collaboration, exclusive option and license agreement with Quell Therapeutics to develop multiple engineered T-regulator (Treg) cell therapies that have the potential to be curative in Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) indications.
Under the terms of the agreement, Quell’s proprietary toolbox of Treg cell engineering modules, including its innovative Foxp3 Phenotype Lock will be leveraged to develop autologous multi-modular Treg cell therapy candidates for major autoimmune disease indications.
Iain McGill, Chief Executive Officer of Quell Therapeutics, said: “We are extremely pleased to have AstraZeneca on board as our first major partner. This collaboration builds on our pioneering work to develop exquisitely engineered, multi-modular Treg cell therapies for immune disorders and provides excellent validation for the technologies and capabilities we have established. We are proud and incredibly excited to partner our leading science with the deep experience of AstraZeneca to accelerate the application of our Treg cell therapy platform in major autoimmune disease, where we believe there is a broad opportunity to reset immune tolerance and drive durable responses for patients.”
Mene Pangalos, Executive Vice President, BioPharmaceuticals R&D at AstraZeneca, said: “This is a very exciting collaboration with Quell as we look to expand our next-generation therapeutic toolbox and explore the untapped potential with Treg cell therapies in autoimmune indications. This is aligned with our strategy to target underlying disease drivers to stop or slow disease progression and ultimately accelerate the delivery of transformative care to patients with chronic autoimmune conditions.”
AstraZeneca will have the option to further development and commercialisation of successful clinical candidates in T1D and IBD.