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GeNeuro S.A.. (2/7/17). "Press Release: GeNeuro Signs CRADA Agreement with NIH to Develop Novel Antibody Treatment for ALS".

Region Region United States (USA)
Organisation Organisation GeNeuro S.A. (Euronext Paris: GNRO)
Products Product therapeutic antibody
  Product 2 preclinical research
Persons Person Perron, Hervé (GeNeuro 201702 CSO)
  Person 2 Sinclair, Mike (Halsin Partners 201110 Partner + Co-founder before Burns McClellan)

Partnership focuses on antibodies targeting HERV-K, a potential ALS causal factor

GeNeuro (Euronext Paris: CH0308403085 – GNRO), a biopharmaceutical company developing new treatments for neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS), announced today the signing of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), to develop novel therapeutic antibodies for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The research will evaluate the ability of these antibodies to neutralise a potential causal factor of ALS, the envelope protein of HERV-K (a family of Human Endogenous Retroviruses, HERVs).

Under the terms of the agreement, GeNeuro will provide antibodies designed to block the activity of HERV-K envelope protein. These candidate antibodies will be tested in cellular and animal models of HERV-K associated ALS by the NINDS with the aim to achieve preclinical proof-of-concept of this novel therapeutic avenue addressing ALS pathogenesis.

“This agreement truly combines the strengths of both parties; the pioneering work done by GeNeuro in the HERV field, especially in the development of antibodies able to neutralize HERV encoded proteins in associated diseases, and the excellent NIH research on the involvement of HERV-K in sporadic ALS led by Dr. Avindra Nath and his group,” said Hervé Perron, Chief Scientific Officer at GeNeuro. “With this partnership, we aim to show that blocking this pathogenic HERV protein could lead to a novel ALS treatment and, in time, expand the GeNeuro clinical pipeline into additional neurological disorders.”

Dr. Nath and his research group recently discovered the targeted expression and the pathogenic effects of the envelope protein from HERV-K in ALS1. Furthermore, the NIH team has developed cellular and transgenic mouse models that can be used to evaluate the anti-HERV-K antibodies as therapeutics candidates to treat ALS. “We are excited about this collaboration as an initial step towards developing a therapeutic approach for altering the course of the disease for patients with ALS,” said Dr. Nath, clinical director at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

About ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease or clinically as motor neuron disease, is a fatal, rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by loss of motor neurons. The incidence of ALS is approximately 1-3 per 100,000 individuals, and is consistent across diverse populations.

1 Science Translational Medicine (30 Sep 2015) “Human endogenous retrovirus-K contributes to motor neuron disease”

About GeNeuro

GeNeuro‘s mission is to develop safe and effective treatments against neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, by neutralizing causal factors encoded by HERVs, which represent 8% of human DNA.
GeNeuro is based in Geneva, Switzerland and has R&D facilities in France at sites in Archamps, Haute-Savoie and in Lyon. It has 30 employees and rights to 16 patent families protecting its technology. For more information, visit:

GeNeuro’s contacts:

Jesús Martin-Garcia
Chairman and CEO
+41 22 794 50 85

NewCap (France)
Julien Perez (investors)
+33 1 44 71 98 52
Nicolas Merigeau (media)
+33 1 44 71 94 98

Halsin Partners
Mike Sinclair (media)
+44 20 7318 2955

LifeSci Advisors
Chris Maggos (investors)
+1 646 597 6970
+41 79 367 6254


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Record changed: 2023-06-05


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