We plan to leverage our discovery engine to identify other Physiocrine pathways of interest and select additional potential product candidates for preclinical and clinical investigation in a variety of disease settings. The engine that drives our discovery efforts is based on our scientific investigation of Physiocrine pathways and their proteins, coupled with a process of identifying disease indications that may benefit from a Physiocrine therapeutic.
Through a combination of deep sequencing and bioinformatics panning, augmented by proteomic analysis, we have identified over 300 naturally occurring Physiocrines. We then expressed and purified over 200 of these Physiocrines. Our strategy for identifying function and potential indications begins with developing a series of phenotypic assays for in vitro and in vivo evaluations of function.
A key step in the discovery engine requires mining data from rare disease patients and linking this to the data generated in our phenotypic profiling experiments either in vitro or in vivo models of immunology. We believe our strategy of understanding Physiocrine function by using in vivo experiments early and often while using patient data to focus this in vivo exploration has been validated by our Resolaris, Stalaris and Project ORCA programs. Additionally, we believe our discovery engine can be applied to other members of the Physiocrine family to help identify additional indications that may benefit from therapeutic intervention with Physiocrines.
We believe the biology of Physiocrines presents a novel protein therapeutic development opportunity based on the modulation of important immunological pathways applicable to multiple diseases. This “pathway” approach or “physiology first” paradigm as we call it, which leverages the understanding of a basic physiological process, has been used successfully to create some of the most important therapeutics in such diverse areas as oncology and ophthalmology. Given the breadth of our discoveries, we currently focus on Physiocrine pathways related to immune and regeneration responses to explore for product candidates with rare disease applications.
Project ORCA – Third Biologics Program
Based on our knowledge of Physiocrine biology, we have established a third biologics program from our research efforts, code name “Project ORCA,” currently in preclinical development. Project ORCA represents a third therapeutic modality distinct from Resolaris or Stalaris.