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May 29, 2015 6:35 AM ET

Pharmaceuticals

Company Overview of Lycera Corp.

Company Overview

Lycera Corp., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers and develops oral immune modulators for the treatment of patients with autoimmune diseases and cancers. Its product pipeline includes LYC-30937, an ATPase modulator for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease; oral RORgamma agonists for diverse applications in immune-oncology; and Rho kinase inhibitors, histone deacetylase 6 inhibitors, RORgt antagonists, and collaboration targets. Lycera Corp. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

2800 Plymouth Road

NCRC

Building 26

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

United States

Founded in 2006

Phone:

734-233-3060

Key Executives for Lycera Corp.

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Age: 55
Co-Founder, Chief Scientific Officer and Director
Co-Owner
Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy
Senior Vice President of Biology
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Lycera Corp. Key Developments

Lycera Begins Phase I Trial of LYC-30937 to Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Lycera announced that the company has started a phase I clinical trial of LYC-30937, an oral gut-directed ATPase modulator, for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Discovered and developed by Lycera based on technology licensed from the University of Michigan, LYC-30937 is designed to selectively induce cell death (apoptosis) in disease-causing immune cells, sparing normal cells. The company maintains full worldwide development and commercial rights of the product. In mid-2016, the company intends to begin clinical trials for its lead immune-oncology product candidate, an agonist of RORgamma, as well as an anti-fibrotic agent, a highly selective ROCK2 (rho-associated kinase II) inhibitor.

Lycera Corp to Present Preclinical Research from its Novel Cancer Immunotherapy Program at the 2015 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting

Lycera Corp. announced that the company will present preclinical research from its novel cancer immunotherapy program at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting, which will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 18-22, 2015. Abbreviated abstract summary: Agents that enhance activation or release suppression of the immune system could form the basis of new treatments for cancer. The receptor RORgamma modulates expression of genes involved in multiple anti-tumor mechanisms. Lycera's program to advance small molecule RORgamma agonists has demonstrated: Select immune cells (Th17 and Tc17) differentiated in the presence of RORgamma agonists exhibit decreased expression of inhibitory molecules, such as PD-1, and increased expression of costimulatory molecules. Th17 and Tc17 cells are reported to mediate potent and durable anti-cancer efficacy. In vitro activation of certain Tc17 cells with RORgamma agonists generates potent effector cells that control the growth of large EG7 tumors when transferred into a preclinical in vivo model. Tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) from this model have enhanced survival and decreased PD-1 expression. Oral administration of RORgamma agonists in a preclinical in vivo model significantly inhibits the growth of established, subcutaneous MC38 colon carcinoma tumors. RORgamma agonists also inhibit growth of established, subcutaneous 4T1 mammary carcinoma tumors in an in vivo model. The abstract concluded that, as a transcription modulator, RORgamma agonists increase immune activation and decrease immune suppression. These activities translate into robust anti-tumor effects in syngeneic tumor models and represent a promising approach for the treatment of cancer.

Lycera Corporation Appoints H. Jeffrey Wilkins as Chief Medical Officer

Lycera Corp. announced that H. Jeffrey Wilkins, M.D., has been appointed to the newly created position of chief medical officer. Dr. Wilkins will lead the advancement of company's development pipeline of first-in-class immune modulators. Dr. Wilkins will report to President and CEO Paul Sekhri, and his appointment is effective immediately. Most recently, Dr. Wilkins served as clinical lead and partner of NeXeption, LLC. Prior to this, he was chief medical officer and head of medical affairs at Ceptaris Therapeutics Inc., where he was the lead clinician on the successful NDA for VALCHLOR gel, approved for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

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