Enosi Therapeutics Partners with Danuo Science Group to Accelerate Multiple Therapeutic Programs

Danuo Science Group have licensed the rights to two Enosi therapeutic programs for Greater China

Enosi Therapeutics, a Delaware Corporation, focused on providing industry-leading therapeutics for cancer and autoimmune diseases, has announced a partnership with Danuo Science Group, based in Hong Kong, to further develop two products currently in Enosi’s pipeline for Greater China.

Enosi’s Growth Factor Trap (EN-2000 Program) and TNFR1 Blocker (EN-1000 Program) were licensed as part of the partnership. Both programs have the potential to be used as cross-over drugs to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases. EN-2000 blocks inflammatory growth factors that drive cancer and rheumatoid arthritis while EN-1000 is a specific blocker of TNFR1, which Enosi believes may be useful in treating autoimmune disease, cognitive disorders and other disorders. Enosi’s programs are intended to help the 50% of cancer and autoimmune disease patients that do not benefit from current therapies.

Danuo will provide $5M in upfront licensing fees and certain conditional funding. With technical support from Enosi, Danuo will fund development in China and provide Enosi with data to use in its own filings in ROW. Including up-front payments, Enosi estimates the value of this collaboration to be more than $100M as the Company moves through the discovery and development phases of its treatments. Both Enosi and Danuo expect the first patient to be treated in China within the next 2-3 years.

About Enosi Therapeutics

Enosi Therapeutics is a drug research and development company focused on providing industry-leading therapeutics for autoimmune diseases and cancer. The company was founded by Professor Sir Marc Feldmann, who discovered anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy as an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases (Lasker Award, 2003); and Dr. H. Michael Shepard, whose research in humanized antibodies created the first monoclonal antibody therapy targeting oncogene encoded-proteins (Lasker award, 2019). Enosi Therapeutics combines expertise in cancer and autoimmune diseases with Executive Chairman Dr. James N. Woody’s unique combination of medical, scientific and management expertise to expand therapeutic options. To learn more about Enosi Therapeutics visit www.enosi-life.com.

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James N. Woody

James N. Woody

Executive Chairman

  • Jim brings more than 25 years of pharmaceutical research and management experience to Enosi.
  • In addition to his duties as a consultant to LVP, where he served as a General Partner for 14 years, Jim is currently Chairman of Viracta Therapeutics, a company focusing on unique therapies for virally induced cancers.  
  • He was the founding CEO of OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, a cancer therapeutic antibody company. He was the Board member for both ForteBio, and Protein Simple, both successfully acquired. Jim was formerly President and GM of Roche Bioscience (former Syntex) in Palo Alto, CA. 
  • Previously, Jim served as Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President of R&D for Centocor. While at Centocor, Jim’s team developed the blockbuster drug Remicade. 
  • Jim served as a Navy Medical Officer, and was Head of the Navy Transplant Research Program. With his colleagues and with both Navy and Congressional support, founded the National Marrow Donor Program. 
  • He was promoted to Commanding Officer and Director, US Naval Medical Research and Development Command in Bethesda Maryland. He was responsible for the surveillance, detection and therapy for all Biologic Warfare Agents and Infectious Diseases in the first Gulf War and was awarded the Marine Corps/US Navy Legion of Merit for his service. 
  • Jim served as Chairman of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group representing over 120 Silicon Valley Companies, is a board member of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (Stanford).
  • Jim holds an M.D. from Loma Linda University, trained in Pediatric Immunology at Duke University and Children’s Hospital in Boston (Harvard), and holds a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of London, England. He was Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology at Georgetown University School of Medicine 1982-1996. He has authored or co-authored over 140 publications.
Dr. H. Michael Shepard

H. Michael Shepard, Ph.D.

CEO & Co-founder

  • Dr. H. Michael Shepard is a global, leading authority on cancer research and therapeutics.
  • Best known for his invention of “Herceptin”/Trastuzumab, which has remained one of the most profitable platforms for Roche (>$7B USD).
  • Dr. Shepard is a highly-experienced and respected leader with many successful ventures in this field – working at Genentech (sold to Roche – $46.8 B USD), Canji, Inc. (bought by Scheirng-Plough) and Halozyme (now valued at $2.6B USD).
  • Widely acknowledged biomarker pioneer and recognized worldwide, Dr. Shepard has received the 2019 Albert Lasker Award and the Warren Alpert Prize, among many other professional accolades.

Sir Marc Feldmann

Sir Marc Feldmann, M.D. Ph.D.

Director & Co-founder

  • Sir Marc Feldmann is a preeminent immunologist, and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Oxford.
  • With Sir Ravinder Maini, identified TNF as a target. Trials of Infliximab (Remicade) they led were successful, and prompted J&J’s $4.9B USD acquisition of Centocor.
  • Anti-TNF sales > $50B USD globally.
  • Professor Sir Marc Feldmann is a Fellow of the Royal Society , of Australian Academy and a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Sciences; he was knighted in 2010 and received the Australian equivalent.
  • He has received many accolades including the Albert Lasker Award, the Crafoord Prize, the Canada Gairdner Award, the Paul Janssen Award, the Ernst Schering Award.