NeuroBo Pharmaceuticals (NRBO) Acquires ANA Therapeutics for Late-Stage Oral Antiviral Development Program
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NeuroBo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: NRBO), a clinical-stage biotechnology company, today announced that on December 31, 2020 it acquired ANA Therapeutics, a privately held biotechnology company developing ANA-001, a proprietary capsule formulation of niclosamide for coronavirus indications, currently in Phase 2/3 clinical trials as a treatment for COVID-19. The transaction was unanimously approved by both the NeuroBo Pharmaceuticals' and ANA Therapeutics' Boards of Directors.
"This is an exciting and transformative acquisition for NeuroBo that expands our pipeline with a late-stage clinical development program that addresses the urgent need for new treatments to address COVID-19, a highly-infectious and often deadly virus," stated Richard J. Kang, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of NeuroBo. "ANA-001 is advancing through the 505(b)(2) clinical pathway, which allows us to leverage earlier data on niclosamide and streamlines and accelerates the timelines to bring this potentially life-saving therapy to patients suffering with COVID-19. As a result, the development timeline supports a number of value-creating milestones over the coming 12 to 18 months, including the data readout of the Phase 2 portion of the trial, expected in the third quarter of 2021."
"While the introduction of vaccines is expected to play a significant role in stemming the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing complexities and mutation of the disease will require therapies to treat the infected population for the foreseeable future," commented Irene Kim, Chair of the Board of NeuroBo. "Similar to influenza, taking a COVID-19 vaccine and therapy could become an annual routine. Preclinical data has demonstrated niclosamide's ability to inhibit viral replication of SARS-CoV-2 and underscores ANA-001's potential to effectively address the ongoing need for safe and effective COVID-19 treatments on a global scale."
"We are delighted to join with the NeuroBo team in order to bring ANA-001 to the millions of patients infected with COVID-19. NeuroBo has the leadership and platform to support the accelerated development of this important compound as a potential treatment for this viral pandemic," said Akash Bakshi, Chief Executive Officer of ANA Therapeutics.
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