NexImmune, Yale, and JDRF Extend Research Partnership for Type 1 Diabetes

  • A JDRF funded grant is being used to explore the combination of NexImmune’s antigen specific nanoparticles and an anti-CD3 mAb for prevention and treatment of type 1 diabetes

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Oct. 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NexImmune, Inc. (Nasdaq: NEXI) announces the extension of the research partnership between NexImmune, Yale and JDRF to explore the use of NexImmune’s AIM nanoparticles in combination with an anti-CD3 mAb to tolerize, deplete or modulate diabetes antigen-specific T cells. The extension includes an additional $300,000 grant, funded by JDRF to Yale, as a part of its Cures research portfolio, which includes therapies for the prevention of type 1 diabetes (T1D).

“We are excited with the significant progress by Dr. Kevan Herold’s lab at Yale, which has led to an additional grant by the JDRF to investigate our technology in combination with a murine surrogate of teplizumab, a T cell-specific mAb candidate,” said Kristi Jones, Chief Executive Officer at NexImmune. “The data generated to date is encouraging and demonstrate the ability of NexImmmune’s nanoparticles to specifically inhibit or eliminate T1D-causing T cells in the lymph node and pancreas.”

The JDRF award will continue to fund efforts to investigate the use of NexImmune’s AIM nanoparticles in combination with a murine surrogate of teplizumab, which has been shown to modulate the pathogenic immune response acutely. Combining anti-CD3 treatment with NexImmune’s injectable therapy provides the opportunity to target and modulate T1D antigen-specific T cells and potentially maintain their non-responsiveness with the goal to extend benefit and induce tolerance. NexImmune’s nanoparticles have the potential to further enhance the effect of anti-CD3 through modulation of the residual T1D specific T cells.

About NexImmune

NexImmune is developing novel approach to immunotherapy designed to employ the body’s own T cells to generate a specific, potent, and durable immune response. The backbone of NexImmune’s approach is a proprietary Artificial Immune Modulation (AIM™) nanoparticle technology platform. The AIM technology enables NexImmune to construct nanoparticles that function as synthetic dendritic cells capable of directing a specific T cell-mediated immune response. AIM constructed nanoparticles employ natural biology to engage, activate and expand endogenous T cells in ways that combine anti-tumor attributes of antigen-specific precision, potency and long-term persistence with reduced potential for off-target toxicities. NexImmune is focused on developing injectable AIM nanoparticle constructs and modalities for potential clinical evaluation in oncology, autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases.

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About JDRF

JDRF’s mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2.5 billion in research funding since our inception. We are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers throughout the United States and our five international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter (@JDRF), Facebook (@myjdrf), and Instagram (@jdrfhq).

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Chad Rubin