|Therapy group:||Infectious Diseases|
NovaDigm Therapeutics is developing innovative vaccines to protect patients from fungal and bacterial infections, which can be recurrent, drug-resistant and in some cases, life-threatening. The Company’s founding scientists from the Los Angeles BioMedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed) are recognized leaders in the field of infectious disease and the emerging threat of “superbugs”. Their work has been largely funded by the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH NIAID). NovaDigm’s lead product candidates target Candida, a fungal pathogen, and Staphylococcus aureus, including MRSA. NivaDigm based in North Dakota with additional research activities at LA BioMed.
NDV-3 is a vaccine candidate containing a recombinant form of the Candida albicans surface protein Als3, which facilitates Candida adherence to and invasion of human endothelial cells. This vaccine was developed as a result of research in the labs of NovaDigm’s scientific founders at the Los Angeles BioMedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center demonstrating that several members of the agglutinin-like sequence (Als) family of proteins induce protective immunity in preclinical models. NDV-3 is the first vaccine to demonstrate protective efficacy against both fungal and bacterial pathogens. Preclinical studies have shown that NDV-3 confers a high survival rate following a challenge with highly virulent doses of Candida albicans or against one of several strains of Staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Two Phase 1 studies involving 200 healthy adults have indicated that NDV-3 is safe, well-tolerated and induces rapid antibody and T-cell responses after a single dose, with or without alum adjuvant. This work was supported in part by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health and by the Department of the Army.