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Coeptis Therapeutics Adds Autoimmune Indications to Exclusive License Agreement with University of Pittsburgh for SNAP-CAR T and SNAP-CAR NK
By: PR Newswire Association LLC. - 26 Feb 2024Back to overview list

Exclusive rights to universal CAR technology platform designed to target multiple antigens simultaneously, recently expanded to include SNAP-CAR NK cells, has potential to impact various autoimmune diseases in addition to oncology indications.

WEXFORD, Pa., Feb. 26, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Coeptis Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: COEP) (the "Company" or "Coeptis"), a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative cell therapy platforms for cancer, autoimmune, and infectious diseases, today announced that it has expanded its exclusive license agreement with the University of Pittsburgh to include autoimmune indications as part of its ongoing development of SNAP-CAR T and SNAP-CAR NK.   This amended agreement builds upon the original exclusive license agreement with the University of Pittsburgh for SNAP-CAR T Cells, a "universal" CAR T technology platform designed to target multiple antigens simultaneously and potentially address a range of hematologic and solid tumors, and a recent amendment to the agreement for SNAP-CAR NK, an allogeneic natural killer (NK) cell therapy platform.

Autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis, are known to result from autoreactive B cells. Recent research, including a paper just published in The New England Journal of Medicine, suggests that CD19-targeting chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells, which have proven to be highly efficient in B cell malignancies, can also target autoreactive B cells that trigger autoimmune diseases. 

Research published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications demonstrated the ability of SNAP-CAR to provide a powerful adaptor strategy for fully programmable targeting of engineered cells to multiple antigens, including CD19. Based on these findings, Coeptis Therapeutics plans to expand the development of the SNAP-CAR platform to target the multibillion-dollar autoimmune disease market in addition to hematologic and solid tumors. 

"We remain committed to developing these remarkable technologies as treatments for various indications across oncology where there is immense unmet need, however we also recognize the enormous potential for these platform technologies to address and possibly revolutionize the treatment landscape of autoimmune diseases," said Dave Mehalick, President and CEO of Coeptis Therapeutics. "Our SNAP-CAR technologies have the potential to position us at the forefront of next-generation autoimmune directed therapies targeting multiple antigens through combinatorial use of different adaptors."

"We are again excited to expand our license with Coeptis," said Jason Lohmueller, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery and Immunology in the Division of Surgical Oncology Research, University of Pittsburgh. "Leveraging the universal SNAP-CAR technology, may bring multiple exciting and revolutionary treatments modalities to the clinic for diverse indications in oncology and autoimmune disease, benefiting patients and the entire healthcare industry."

According American Autoimmune Related Disease Association, there are more than 100 autoimmune diseases impacting 1 in every 5 Americans, 75% of whom are women. These diseases are among the top 10 causes of death in America, causing great pain and suffering, with significant socioeconomic impact as well. Globally, the treatment market is forecasted to grow from $7.68 billion in 2024 to $12.64 in 2028, to according to The Business Research Company.

About Coeptis Therapeutics Holdings, Inc.

Coeptis Therapeutics Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries including Coeptis Therapeutics, Inc. and Coeptis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (collectively "Coeptis"), is a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative cell therapy platforms for cancer, autoimmune, and infectious diseases that have the potential to disrupt conventional treatment paradigms and improve patient outcomes. Coeptis' product portfolio and rights are highlighted by assets licensed from Deverra Therapeutics, including an allogeneic cellular immunotherapy platform and DVX201, a clinical-stage, unmodified natural killer cell therapy technology. Additionally, Coeptis is developing a universal, multi-antigen CAR T technology licensed from the University of Pittsburgh (SNAP-CAR), and the GEAR™ cell therapy and companion diagnostic platforms, which Coeptis is developing with VyGen-Bio and leading medical researchers at the Karolinska Institutet. Coeptis' business model is designed around maximizing the value of its current product portfolio and rights through in-license agreements, out-license agreements and co-development relationships, as well as entering into strategic partnerships to expand its product rights and offerings, specifically those targeting cancer and infectious diseases. The Company is headquartered in Wexford, PA. For more information on Coeptis visit

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