Ginkgo and Synlogic announce the second drug candidate—a treatment for gout—in their partnership to develop synthetic biotics
Last November, we announced that SYNB1353, an engineered strain of the probiotic bacteria E. coli Nissle (EcN) designed and developed through a collaboration between Ginkgo and Synlogic, was to be nominated for investigational new drug (IND) status with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This would mark the first medicine developed on Ginkgo’s platform to enter IND-enabling studies but just the beginning of our work with Synlogic to create living medicines.
Today, we’re pleased to share Synlogic’s announcement of SYNB2081, a new drug candidate developed in partnership between our two companies for the treatment of gout.
Addressing unmet needs for patient care
Gout is a complex form of inflammatory arthritis that occurs when excess uric acid in the body forms crystals in the joints. Patients experience a range of symptoms, including intense joint pain, inflammation and redness, and limited range of motion in the affected joints. Unfortunately, current treatment options present limitations in both safety and efficacy, highlighting a need for new approaches.Gout is also a recognized risk factor in chronic kidney disease (CKD).
SYNB2081 is a synthetic biotic designed to lower uric acid for the treatment of gout. We’re honored to work with the Synlogic team in this pioneering next step to potentially help patients living with gout. As we’ve seen the Synlogic pipeline develop the past year, we’re eager to continue supporting Synlogic in generating additional therapeutic candidates.
SYNB2081 is named after one of the largest and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex specimens in the world. Nicknamed “Sue,” the specimen is housed at the Field Museum in Chicago and is officially named FMNH PR 2081. Data from “Sue” suggests that dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus rex suffered from gout much in the same way as other reptiles and birds do.
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“With our second drug candidate into clinical development, this not only demonstrates the value of combining Ginkgo’s Codebase with our Synthetic Biotic platform, but also highlights the potential to develop Synthetic Biotics across a range of diseases, giving us the potential to provide meaningful new treatment options to patients in need,” said Dr. David Hava, Chief Scientific Officer, Synlogic.
The advancement of SYNB2081 and SYNB1353 are clear indicators of the transformative platform Synlogic has created to power new medicines through synthetic biology.
Find the full press release here along with all of the latest news from the Ginkgo team.
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