CAMBRIDGE, England & BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 7, 2022--
Bicycle Therapeutics plc (NASDAQ: BCYC), a biotechnology company pioneering a new and differentiated class of therapeutics based on its proprietary bicyclic peptide (Bicycle®) technology, today announced updated preclinical results providing further evidence for Bicycles as a potential novel antiviral modality against SARS-CoV-2. The results will be presented in an oral presentation today at the 2022 Microbiology Society Annual Meeting in Dublin, Ireland.
“These data provide further evidence of the bicycle platform’s ability to successfully identify agents that bind to a broad range of target classes,” said Michael Skynner, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer of Bicycle Therapeutics. “We are encouraged by the preclinical data and believe that Bicycles could have significant advantages as novel small molecule antivirals to combat viruses such as SARS-CoV-2. We thank InnovateUK for funding this work and look forward to continuing to explore how these agents may be used as anti-viral therapeutics.”
Bicycle identified numerous discrete families of Bicycles binding to 12 unique epitopes across all domains of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. These Bicycles were rapidly identified and conjugated together, creating a wide range of multi-valent and bi-paratopic molecules. Bicycles targeting different epitopes on the spike protein were combined into one molecule. These small (<10kDa) molecules were tested in partnership with researchers at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology and shown to be highly active in vitro, in the sub-nanomolar range, at preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection of human cells. These compounds were further tested in partnership with experts at the University of Liverpool and shown to be highly potent when administered in vivo to rodent models of SARS-CoV-2 infection. In addition, these molecules have also been shown to be active in vitro across many of the SARS-CoV-2 variant strains, including Alpha, Beta, Delta and the current circulating strain Omicron.
About Bicycle Therapeutics
Bicycle Therapeutics (NASDAQ: BCYC) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a novel class of medicines, referred to as Bicycles, for diseases that are underserved by existing therapeutics. Bicycles are fully synthetic short peptides constrained with small molecule scaffolds to form two loops that stabilize their structural geometry. This constraint facilitates target binding with high affinity and selectivity, making Bicycles attractive candidates for drug development. Bicycle is evaluating BT5528, a second-generation Bicycle Toxin Conjugate (BTC™) targeting EphA2; BT8009, a second-generation BTC targeting Nectin-4, a well-validated tumor antigen; and BT7480, a Bicycle TICA™ targeting Nectin-4 and agonizing CD137, in company-sponsored Phase I/II trials. In addition, BT1718, a BTC that targets MT1-MMP, is being investigated in an ongoing Phase I/IIa clinical trial sponsored by the Cancer Research UK Centre for Drug Development. Bicycle is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with many key functions and members of its leadership team located in Lexington, MA. For more information, visit bicycletherapeutics.com.
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