Bringing HDL breakthroughs to patients
The HDL company
Founded in 2005, Cerenis Therapeutics is an international biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery and development of HDL-based innovative therapies.
CERENIS’ expertise has translated into a rich portfolio of programs for the treatment of cardiovascular disease and associated metabolic diseases such as NAFLD and NASH as well as a HDL targeted drug delivery platform in oncology, more specifically in immuno-oncology and chemotherapy.
CERENIS is well positioned to become one of the leaders in the HDL therapeutic market, with a broad portfolio of programs in development and several products in clinical phases.
CER-001 is a bio-engineered complex of recombinant human apoA-I, the major structural protein of HDL, and phospholipids. It has been designed to mimic the structure and function of natural, nascent HDL, also known as pre-beta HDL. Its mechanism of action is to increase apoA-I and the number of HDL particles. SAMBA, the clinical Phase 2 study in patients with hypoalphalipoproteinemia due to genetic defects, has provided important data demonstrating the efficacy of CER-001 in regressing atherosclerosis in several distinct vascular beds, and leading to the TANGO study. The totality of the data to date indicates that CER-001 performs all of the functions of natural pre-beta HDL particles and has the potential to be the best-in-class HDL mimetic on the market
Targeted HDL Drug Delivery
HDL particles, loaded with an active agent, hold the promise to target and selectively kill malignant cells while sparing healthy ones. A wide variety of drugs can be embedded in these particles targeting markers specific to cancer cells and bring these potent drugs to their intended site of action, with lowered systemic toxicity. CERENIS intends to develop the first HDL-based targeting drug delivery platform dedicated to the oncology market, including immuno-oncology and chemotherapy.
What is HDL deficiency?
HypoAlphalipoproteinemia (“low HDL”), as a general term, has historically been defined clinically as an HDL-cholesterol (HDL-C) less than 40 mg/dL (1.0 mmol/L) in men, and less than 50 mg/dL (1.3 mmol/L) in women. A number of etiologies, often metabolic, can underlie a reduced circulating level of cholesterol in the HDL fraction, for example diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, obesity, and lack of physical activity (thus called secondary hypoAlphalipoproteinemia). In a very small percentage of the population, particularly among patients with the very lowest HDL-C values, there are patients who have a genetic defect (thus called primary hypoalphalipoproteinemia) affecting either the constituent components of the pre-β particle, the process of pre-β particle synthesis, the steps leading to maturation into an alpha HDL particle, or the rates of catabolism – any of which alone or in combination can then result in an inherited condition of a very low circulating HDL particle number.
Interview with Professor Jean Ferrières ,
Cardiologist at the CHU Toulouse Rangueil