Lisbon, Portugal and London, UK, 8 February 2023
TargTex to partner with IAG to apply Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Imaging strategies to assess the effects of a clinical candidate in Recurrent Glioblastoma Patients
TargTex SA, a pre-clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing localized therapies for solid tumors, and IAG, Image Analysis Group, a leading global medical imaging company, are collaborating to apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Quantitative imaging to further the development of TargTex investigational product, a hydrogel dispersed drug nanosuspension used as adjunct-to-surgery in a single dose therapy, in patients with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).
In this collaboration, the parties will utilize AI and advanced quantitative image analysis to identify early treatment changes in GBM patients and development of predictive response markers.
Advanced imaging techniques could play a critical role in response assessment in developing new and innovative cancer therapies.
Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) provides quantitative non-invasive imaging markers of early therapy-related changes.
TargTex foundation is also based on an artificial intelligence algorithm created by one of the founding members that can decipher relationships between biological targets and molecules of interest. They identified a new target for a daunting pathology – GBM. Considering GBM’s particularities, a hydrogel to be used as a neo-adjuvant in a single-dose therapy is being developed as a solution.
IAG’s advanced technology will be crucial for the detection of pseudo-progression, which is difficult to distinguish from true disease progression using routine clinical MRI assessment, avoid early patient withdrawal and save costs. The use of novel image analysis methodologies will allow the partners to address complex issues such as pseudo-progression and quantitatively measure the treatment response, thus deploying a truly precision medicine approach to monitor patient outcomes accurately.
IAG has deep expertise in blinded centralized reading and analysis of patient responses in real-time. IAG’s scientific and medical imaging expertise in GBM, coupled with IAG’s proprietary Artificial Intelligence-powered platform DYNAMIKA, will allow TargTex to review efficacy assessments and explore the drug effect in GBM patients thoroughly.
Dr. João Seixas, CEO of TargTex, said:
“In a complex indication such as GBM it is important for us to have IAG’s expertise in advanced imaging and to employ AI tools to differentiate our program and accelerate our development through the use of predictive response markers.”
Dr. Olga Kubassova, CEO of IAG commented,
“It is our pleasure to support TargTex team who have strong foundation in biology and AI. It is our joint long-term objective to bring TargTex clinical candidates for different oncological indications through clinical development to commercialization.”
TargTex SA is a Portuguese biotech company that emerged from a blended academic research and medical environment. TargTex’s lead program on GBM is based on a machine learning algorithm that deciphered a relationship between an unexplored target for GBM – calcium channel – and a small molecule with known anticancer properties. From a long-term perspective, TargTex aims to develop clinical candidates for different oncological indications based on localized drug delivery, to prevent post-surgical recurrence and metastasis.
For further information, please visit https://targtex.com/
IAG, Image Analysis Group is a unique partner to life sciences companies, leading AI-powered drug development and precision medicine. IAG leverages expertise in medical imaging and the power of Dynamika™ – our proprietary cloud-based platform, to de-risk clinical development and deliver lifesaving therapies into the hands of patients much sooner. IAG provides early drug efficacy assessments, smart patient recruitment, and predictive analysis of advanced treatment manifestations, thus lowering investment risk and accelerating study outcomes. IAG bio-partnering takes a broader view of asset development, bringing R&D solutions, operational breadth, and radiological expertise via risk-sharing financing and partnering models.