Advancing Dyadic’s proprietary COVID-19 vaccine candidate, DYAI-100, towards a first-in-human Phase 1 clinical trial

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The FINANCIAL– Dyadic International, Inc. (“Dyadic”, “we”, “us”, “our”, or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: DYAI), a global biotechnology company focused on further improving, applying and deploying its proprietary C1-cell protein production platform to accelerate development, lower production costs and improve the performance of biologic vaccines, drugs and other commercial products at flexible commercial scales, today announced its financial results for 2020 and recent business highlights.

“We are very pleased with substantial progress made thus far in 2021 and over the course of 2020. With the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been working tirelessly to identify ways to apply our C1 technology to help speed the development, increase availability, and lower the cost of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments to make them affordable and available worldwide.  We and our collaborators worked conscientiously to introduce the C1 technology to the world to enable as many COVID-19 programs as possible and we are continuing to do so as COVID-19 variants continue to emerge.  Due to our success in several animal studies where rapidly engineered C1-cells have achieved high levels of antigen productivity and were shown to be safe, effective, and protective, our C1 technology has gained the attention of a growing number of infectious disease and other scientists in industry and government.  This momentum has begun to accelerate after our announcement that our proprietary COVID-19 vaccine candidate, DYAI-100, is advancing into a first-in-human Phase 1 clinical trial, which is expected to begin in the second half of 2021. As SARS-CoV-2 continues to mutate into different variants, we have already begun the engineering of novel C1 cell lines to enable the development of next-generation multivalent COVID-19 vaccine candidates,” stated Mark Emalfarb, Dyadic’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer. 

  • Advancing Dyadics proprietary COVID-19 vaccine candidate, DYAI-100, towards a first-in-human Phase 1 clinical trial

  • To validate C1 produced proteins are safe in humans and accelerate C1 adoption and commercialization

  • To serve as proof of concept for next-generation multivalent COVID-19 vaccine candidates

  • Expanded Korea and Southeast Asia vaccine development partnership with Medytox (086900) (KOSDAQ) focused on next-generation COVID-19 variant vaccines and/or boosters

  • In parallel with DYAI-100, additional proprietary and third-party COVID-19 variant vaccine candidates are under development

  • Developing a number of other infectious disease vaccines and antibodies internally and in conjunction with others 

  • Expanding commercial opportunities of C1 technology through eleven new and two expanded collaborations for human and animal health applications

  • C1 selected by ZAPI (Zoonosis Anticipation Preparedness Initiative) as a vaccine manufacturing platform for more efficient production of antigens that are safe, effective, and protective

  • Cash and investment grade securities of $29.2 million at year-end 2020

Mr. Emalfarb continued, “Additionally, we expanded our fully funded vaccine development partnership with Medytox to accelerate the development of multivalent COVID-19 vaccine candidates and/or boosters to immunize people against multiple existing or future SARS-CoV-2 variants. Dr. Gi-Hyeok Yang, Sr. Executive Vice President and Head of Research and Development at Medytox recently stated, “Based on our experience and comparing the C1 technology platform against several other expression platforms, such as CHO and insect cells, we believe that the fungi-derived C1 expression system is the most realistic technology to develop and manufacture multi-valent (i.e., tri-valent, and tetra-valent) vaccines, rapidly and affordably, against COVID-19 mutant viruses, without the need for a large-scale bioreactor facility. Medytox has confidence that the C1 technology platform can play a critical role in helping combat COVID-19, which may continue to persist as a seasonal influenza and necessitate COVID-19 variant vaccine shots every year. We look forward to gaining additional experience with the C1 technology as it has potential for use in developing and producing a growing number of vaccines, drugs, and other biological products in addition to COVID-19.

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“Beyond our COVID-19 initiatives, in 2020, we commenced five, new funded collaborations with top pharmaceutical companies to produce therapeutics of commercial interest for human health applications. Additionally, our fully funded collaboration with TurtleTree Scientific to develop human growth factors, enables us to enter a new and significant commercial opportunity that includes regenerative therapies. We believe these collaborations, as well as others currently in various stages of discussion, will help accelerate our C1 platform towards the commercialization of numerous products to improve animal and human health, globally. We look forward to evaluating new opportunities to maximize the value of our C1 technology and expand its commercial potential with the goal of driving further value for our shareholders.” concluded Mr. Emalfarb.

  • Advancing C1 produced SARS-CoV-2-S-RBD antigen, DYAI-100 vaccine candidate towards a first-in-human Phase 1 clinical trial:
    • ​The Company formed a strategic collaboration with leading infectious disease scientists from Erasmus Medical Centre, University Utrecht, TiHo Hannover (ZAPI scientists) to develop a COVID-19 vaccine that can be rapidly manufactured, in large quantities, at low cost, using standard microbial fermenters that are readily available.
    • The Company expanded its collaboration with the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR), which supported the development of the DYAI-100 COVID-19 vaccine candidate and carried out preclinical and challenge studies in mice.
    • C1 produced SARS-CoV-2-S-RBD antigen has been evaluated in ten animal trials by academic, industrial, and governmental R&D groups globally.
    • The Company engaged CR2O, a contract research organization, to manage and support further preclinical and clinical development of DYAI-100 with a toxicology study expected to begin in the second quarter of 2021, and a first-in-human Phase 1 clinical trial expected to begin in the second half of 2021.
  • In parallel with DYAI-100, the Company is developing additional proprietary and third-party monovalent and multivalent COVID-19 variant vaccine candidates by engineering a portfolio of C1 cell lines to produce several SARS-CoV-2 variant antigens, including the UK variant.
  • In March 2021, the Company expanded a vaccine development partnership with South Korea’s Medytox Inc. to co-develop C1 enabled COVID-19 variant vaccines and/or boosters (e.g., tetravalent or quadrivalent COVID-19 vaccine candidates) to immunize people against two or more of the current and future COVID-19 variants.
  • Frederick National Laboratory, ZAPI and other third-party collaborators, are working on C1 produced SARS-CoV-2 and other antigens, to evaluate their properties and performance for possible use in the treatment of infectious diseases.
  • On October 12, 2020, the Company announced it entered into a non-exclusive technology usage agreement with Epygen Biotech of India, who plans to conduct clinical trials in India using DYAI-100, or one or more of the COVID-19 variant vaccines, once funding becomes available.
  • The Company engineered C1-cells to produce a COVID-19 monoclonal antibody in collaboration with IDBiologics, a biotechnology company that is co-developing antibodies with the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Human Health (Non-COVID) Collaborations:

  • The Company is developing a number of other non-COVID infectious disease vaccine and antibody candidates internally and in conjunction with others.
  • In February 2021, the Company entered into a potential new market with a fully funded collaboration with TurtleTree Scientific to develop a number of recombinant protein growth factors, which play a critical role in tissue development and healing, including regenerative therapies.
  • In August 2020, the Company established a collaboration with Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine (“Hengrui”), the largest pharmaceutical company in China (by market capitalization) for the development of selected Hengrui biologic drug(s) using C1 technology.
  • During 2020, the Company entered into a feasibility study with the University of Oslo for a potential influenza vaccine.
  • During 2020, the Company established five new fully funded collaborations with top-tier global pharmaceutical and small biotech companies to express therapeutics of commercial interest using C1 technology.
  • During 2020, the Company extended three existing collaborations to continue to investigate possible applications for its C1 technologies.

Animal Health Collaborations:

  • During 2020, the Company established three new fully funded collaborations with leading global animal health companies and expanded an existing collaboration to demonstrate the C1 technology platform for the expression and production of therapeutic proteins for animal diseases.
  • ZAPI announced, at its Final Stakeholders Virtual Web Meeting on February 4-5, 2021, positive results from animal studies evaluating safety, efficacy, and protection of the C1 produced Schmallenberg virus (SBV) antigen.  The C1 platform was selected by ZAPI to produce recombinant antigens after demonstrating far greater antigen productivity from C1-cells than insect (baculovirus) cells, the next leading expression platform, for both SBV and Rift Valley Fever Virus (RVFV).  Dyadic’s C1 produced SBV antigen has also demonstrated strong protection of cattle, sheep and mice from SBV.  In the first quarter of 2021, ZAPI expanded its program with Dyadic by providing additional funding to C1 research and development efforts as well as to conduct additional animal studies using the SBV and RVFV antigens produced from C1.

    Based on press-release. 

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