Rapidly developing disruptive treatments for today’s most challenging diseases
Eikonoklastes is an early stage biopharmaceutical company focused on rapidly advancing innovative medicines for numerous areas of significant unmet medical need, starting with neurodegenerative diseases.
We are relentlessly striving to rapidly advance a new generation of medicines that have potential to significantly improve the lives and lifespans of patients and families suffering from the most devastating diseases, while creating significant value for all stakeholders.
We are iconoclasts who are passionate about finding new and better ways to treat disease. We are developing a pipeline focused on neurodegenerative diseases with the strongest benefit vs. risk.
Our initial focus is on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a rare, yet debilitating nerve disease that causes progressive muscle degeneration and eventual death. An estimated 5,000 new patients in the U.S. are diagnosed each year with ALS, and there are few treatment options beyond supportive care. Our dynamic discovery and development approach allows us to focus on accelerated approvals and outsized returns for ALS and potentially other neurodegenerative diseases.
Caveolin-1 in neurons. This equips those neurons to compensate for the damage caused by various neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, Huntington’s Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and more.
Engineered for safety
Intraspinal delivery minimizes the dose to only ~1% of what systemic delivery would require, reducing potential for liver toxicity and immunogenicity. Synapsin promoter prevents gene from expressing Caveolin-1 in non-neuronal tissue. AAV9 capsid provides well characterized neuronal delivery and other actions.
Significant, unparalleled improvement in functional capability, quality of life and survival in ALS and other neurodegenerative disease models.
LEAD INDICATION: Our lead indication is ALS, which received Orphan Drug Designation from the FDA, and could be eligible for Breakthrough Designation. ALS is a rare, neurodegenerative disease with significant socioeconomic impact whose patients are desperate for novel safe and effective therapies.
Delivering additional copies of a specific gene to induce neuroprotection
ET-101/SynCav1 is a gene therapy that was originally engineered in the lab of Dr. Brian Head at UC-San Diego to overexpress Caveolin-1, which organizes and regulates synaptic receptors essential for neuromuscular signaling and function. Research has shown that increasing Caveolin-1 leads to a neuroprotective/neuroplasticity effect so that nerve cells can compensate for the neurodegenerative process caused by the underlying disease, allowing the cells to stay healthier and improving their functional ability. This increase leads to healthier nerve cells and better communication between them. By maintaining nerve cell health, SynCav1 could be an option for a wide range of neurodegenerative diseases.
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|Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, MS, TBI, and more
- Director, New Drug Development, P&G Pharmaceuticals
- Co-founder, Myonexus Therapeutics
- COO, N8 Medical, Kinnear Pharmaceuticals and Myonexus Therapeutics
Dr. Bruce Halpryn co-founded Eikonoklastes in 2019 and has served as Chairman of our Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer since 2019. Dr. Halpryn has more than 30 years of experience in the industry with involvement in the formation and the leadership of four early stage biotechnology companies as well as global biopharmaceutical companies. Prior to Eikonoklastes, Bruce co-founded Myonexus Therapeutics (acquired by Sarepta in 2018), and served as Chief Operating Officer and as a member of its Board of Directors. Dr. Halpryn has extensive experience in designing and leading biologics and small molecule drug development programs and companies across a broad range of therapeutic areas.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Halpryn led the Congestive Heart Failure Research Lab at Norwich Eaton Pharmaceuticals before its acquisition by the Proctor & Gamble Company and subsequently renamed P&G Pharmaceuticals. He then led drug discovery, development, and commercialization efforts for P&G Pharmaceuticals, playing a key role in the strategic design and program leadership of numerous successful approvals.
Bruce is a cardiovascular physiologist by education and conducted his post-doctoral fellowship as a National Research Council Fellow at NASA/Ames Research Center. He holds a Ph.D. in Biology/Physiology from SUNY Binghamton.
- Venture capitalist at CincyTech, leading multiple successful life science investments
- Chairman, Invirsa
Dr. Samuel Lee co-founded Eikonoklastes in 2019 and has served as a member of our Board of Directors and Chief Business Officer since 2019. Dr. Lee brings a multidisciplinary convergence of experiences in the life sciences, physical sciences, and computer sciences to successfully develop breakthroughs in healthcare. Prior to Eikonoklastes, Sam was a Director at CincyTech, a venture capital firm, where he led investments and actively supported operations in biotech and medical device portfolio companies such as Myonexus (acquired by Sarepta), Standard Bariatrics (acquired by Teleflex), and Blue Water Vaccines (NASDAQ: BWV).
Dr. Lee completed his medical training at the University of Cincinnati, formal business and public health education at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Johns Hopkins, and post-graduate research fellowship at Northwestern University and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Lee also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Invirsa and is an Executive-in-Residence at CincyTech.
- Extensive experience in early and late phase drug development in multiple therapeutic areas
- 2x founder (LyGenesis and ICaPath) and Director of UPMC’s world renowned Liver Transplant Program, Starzl Transplant Institute
Dr. Paulo Fontes is a transplant surgeon, scientist, and entrepreneur with 30+ years of experience in both cell and organ transplantation and transplant immunology. Dr. Fontes has extensive experience in designing and executing preclinical and early/late-stage clinical trials, including regulatory submissions in both the US and EU. Prior to Eikonoklastes, Paulo was the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of LyGenesis, a clinical-stage cell therapy company transforming a patient’s lymph nodes into bioreactors capable of growing functioning ectopic organs. He was also a co-investigator of the pioneering clinical trials for islet transplantation, bone marrow transplantation, xenografts and LAK cell therapy at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Fontes has also had a decorated career as a faculty member in senior healthcare leadership positions, including serving as Professor of Surgery at the U Pitt, Starzl Transplantation Institute (STI), Department of Surgery, School of Medicine (SOM), University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC); the Director of the South & America Divisions, UPMC International; Director of UPMC’s Liver Transplant Program, Starzl Transplant Institute, where he led the program to generate >$1B in clinical revenues, while conducting more than 1,500 liver transplants and personally providing for more than 10,000 patients. Paulo was also the co-founder and Medical Director, Organ Referral Center, UPMC which became one of the largest organ referral enterprises in the country and was Deputy Director, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (MIRM), SOM, U Pitt.
Dr. Fontes was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he graduated from Sao Paulo State University, School of Medicine. He underwent 10 years of post-graduate education, including 3 fellowships after the completion of his residency in general surgery. He is certified by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Fontes has contributed to over 250 scientific publications (115 peer-review papers, 10 book chapters, and 126 published abstracts) and 7 patents. He was directly involved in the training of more than 90 transplant surgeons and has continued to teach and mentor medical students at the SOM, U Pitt, in addition to bioengineer students at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Fontes has continuously supported and guided young entrepreneurs through his associations and ongoing interactions with MassBio, MA; NYBio, NY; LifeX, Pittsburgh, PA, XLerateHealth, Louisville, KY; Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute, Houston, TX, University of Colorado Anschutz, Aurora, CO and WVU, Morgantown, WV.
- Leading expert in antibody and gene therapy manufacturing for several successful private and publicly traded biotech companies
Dr. Vishal Agrawal joined Eikonoklastes in 2022 as our Vice President of CMC and Process Development. Prior to joining Eikonoklastes, Vishal worked at a number of successful private and publicly-traded biotech companies with increasing responsibility in both antibody and gene therapy manufacturing. Dr. Agrawal completed his Bachelors and Masters in Biochemical Engineering at The Indian Institutes of Technology Delhi and his PhD in Cell Biology at Max-Delbruck Centre.
- World leading expert in Caveolin biology
- Inventor of Eikonoklastes gene therapy platform
Professor of Anesthesiology, University of California – San Diego
Director, Gene Therapy Institute, Ohio State University
Professor of Neuroscience, Ohio State University College of Medicine
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Professor of Neurology, University of Sheffield
Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, University of California – San Diego
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