Arovella Therapeutics — Pending patents reconfirm development of iNKT

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Arovella Therapeutics — Pending patents reconfirm development of iNKT

In conjunction with Arovella Therapeutics’ strategic focus on developing its invariant natural killer T (iNKT) technology, the company has announced it has received a notification of intention from the European Patent Office for the pending patent grant for its cell platform. Management expects the patent to be granted in early 2023, after completing the formalities. Patent applications have also been filed in the United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Australia. If granted, the European patent would be valid until 28 February 2039. This should provide intellectual property protection to the company’s clinical and subsequent commercialisation efforts for its iNKT cell platform, the primary focus of Arovella’s R&D programme following the recent strategic review.

Soo Romanoff

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Soo Romanoff

Managing Director - Head of Content, Healthcare

Healthcare

Arovella Therapeutics

Pending patents reconfirm development of iNKT

Regulatory update

Pharma and biotech

8 November 2022

Price

A$0.03

Market cap

A$17m

Cash balance (A$m) at 30 September 2022

4.3

Shares in issue

670.8m

Free float

98.4%

Code

ALA

Primary exchange

ASX

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

Business description

Arovella Therapeutics is a biotech company focused on the areas of oncology through its iNKT cell therapy platform. In 2021 it acquired a CARiNKT programme for haematological malignancies and a Dickkopf-1 antibody that has potential in multiple myeloma and solid tumours. In October 2022, the company announced that it would cease further development work on its legacy platform, OroMist (oromucosal spray versions of established medicines). ZolpiMist, the spray version of Ambien for insomnia, was the key asset under the OroMist platform and was recently launched in Australia.

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In conjunction with Arovella Therapeutics’ strategic focus on developing its invariant natural killer T (iNKT) technology, the company has announced it has received a notification of intention from the European Patent Office for the pending patent grant for its cell platform. Management expects the patent to be granted in early 2023, after completing the formalities. Patent applications have also been filed in the United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Australia. If granted, the European patent would be valid until 28 February 2039. This should provide intellectual property protection to the company’s clinical and subsequent commercialisation efforts for its iNKT cell platform, the primary focus of Arovella’s R&D programme following the recent strategic review.

Year end

Revenue (A$m)

PBT*

(A$m)

EPS*
(c)

DPS
(c)

P/E
(x)

Yield
(%)

06/21

0.3

(3.4)

(1.15)

0.0

N/A

N/A

06/22

0.3

(7.4)

(1.42)

0.0

N/A

N/A

Note: *PBT and EPS are normalised, excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles, exceptional items and share-based payments.

Arovella’s iNKT cell therapy platform was in-licensed from Imperial College London in June 2021 and can be combined with chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) to target blood cancers. This was followed by the in-licensing of a novel monoclonal antibody targeting a Dickkopf-1 peptide from MD Anderson Cancer Center in December 2021. The company’s lead asset, ALA-101 (CAR19-iNKT), allows dual targeting of CD1d and CD19 and is being developed as an ‘off-the-shelf’ treatment for blood cancers expressing these antigens. This is in contrast to the autologous approach required of the currently available CAR-T therapies.

In late September, Arovella entered into a strategic collaboration with Imugene to explore if ALA-101’s applicability can be expanded to solid tumours using Imugene’s onCARlytics platform. If successful, this would significantly expand the market potential for the iNKT platform. The companies plan to finalise the preclinical study setup by end CY22, with first readouts expected in H1 CY23.

As a reminder, Arovella recently announced its decision to suspend all development activities for its OroMist platform (proprietary oromucosal drug delivery platform) and closure of its Perth-based R&D facility, underscoring its commitment to developing its iNKT technology. The aforementioned European patent covers the manufacturing of CAR-iNKT cells and is titled ‘Transduction and expansion of cells’. In addition to Europe, the company has similar patent applications pending for approval in other countries such as the United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Australia.

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