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Two distinct late stage preclinical lead series of highly specific inhibitors of MAP4K4

Reference number: 8377, 8717, 10459, 10460

A late-stage, pre-clinically validated inhibitor of MAP4K4 for a range of indications including anthracycline cardiotoxicity

Proposed use

Anthracycline chemotherapy leads to acute cardiotoxicity in up to 30% of patients. The MAP4K4 inhibitors can be commercialized to be used for protective agents against anthracycline therapy-induced cardiotoxicity.

Additionally, MAP4K4 is a pivotal mediator of a number of key pathways and a target in a range of clinical applications with significant unmet need. These targets include:

  • Neurodegeneration
  • Vascular disease
  • Cancer (including glioblastoma)
  • Anti-tumour and antiviral immunity
  • Autoimmune disorders including diabetes

Technology overview

  • Novel, potent, highly-selective, non-toxic inhibitors
  • Protection against anthracycline therapy validated in human and rat cardiomyocytes.
  • Good inhibitors of MAP4K4 with DMPK work undertaken
  • Range of assays focused on developing highly-specific MAP4K4 inhibitor targeting ATP-binding pocket
  • Multiple screen cascade/in vivo and in vitro validation of target and pre-lead candidates
  • Encouraging safety profile with no adverse effect on cloned human channels
  • Growing excitement in targeting MAP4K4 for other clinical applications

 Benefits

  • The compounds inhibit MAP4K4 in the low-mid nanomolar range
  • Pre-clinically validated protection against anthracycline cardiotoxicity
  • Demonstrated safety in murine and porcine models
  • MAP4K4 an attractive target in other indications

Intellectual property information

This technology is protected by a family of patents covering composition of matter and use  of two distinct chemical series number WO2018035563A1 and number WO2019073253A1.

Link to published paper(s)

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-68907-1
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S193459091930013X?via%3Dihub

Inventor information

Professor Michael Schneider, Chair in Cardiology, National Heart & Lung Institute.

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Jon Wilkinson

Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation Senior Executive, Medicine

jonathan.wilkinson@imperial.ac.uk

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