Significant progress in Xintela


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Xintela today announces an update on the company's development programs. Xintela develops medical products based on its patented marker technology platform XINMARK® with a focus on cell therapy and oncology. All projects have made significant progress in terms of results, patents and financing solutions so far this year.

Stem cell therapy for humans and animals
Xintela has developed unique methods to identify, purify and quality assure stem cells for medical use through its marker technology. By using its markers to select and quality assure stem cells, Xintela has created and patented a unique stem cell platform XSTEM® for the development of safe and effective stem cell products. Xintela's first focus is stem cell therapy for cartilage repair in osteoarthritis, an area with very high medical needs and large, growing markets. Positive preclinical studies in horses have shown that Xintela's selected stem cells are safe to use and that they protect both joint cartilage and the underlying bone after a joint cartilage injury. The study was performed in collaboration with Cornell University in the United States and the results have been submitted for publication in an international scientific journal.

The horse study will form part of the preclinical documentation that Xintela is compiling for its applications to start clinical trials in humans and animals. A new preclinical horse study will begin this fall to study the mechanism of action of stem cells. Xintela’s first clinical study will be performed on humans and is expected to start at the end of 2019.

Negotiations with CO.DON on joint development of stem cells for osteoarthritis
In July, Xintela signed a Letter of Intent with CO.DON AG and has initiated discussions to jointly develop Xintela's selected stem cells for the treatment of joint cartilage disorders, including osteoarthritis, in the European and North American markets. The plan is to form a new joint venture that will remain co-owned (50:50) throughout the development phase and into commercialization. Xintela will provide its marker and stem cell technology and stem cell competence. CO.DON will provide all the funding needed to develop and take the stem cell product to the market and provide expertise in clinical development and commercialization. The joint venture will also utilize Xintela’s GMP facility to produce stem cells.

CO.DON develops, produces and markets autologous cell therapies for the minimally-invasive repair of cartilage damage in the knee joint following traumatic or degenerative defects. Spherox is a cell therapy product that uses only the patient’s own cartilage cells (“autologous chondrocytes”). The company received EU marketing authorisation for Spherox in July 2017. The shares of CO.DON are listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

"Collaboration with CO.DON means that the stem cell project, aiming for osteoarthritis therapy, has full funding right from the preclinical stage and is thus a very interesting financing solution for Xintela's first stem cell product. By working with an established cell therapy company like CO.DON, we can reduce risks and shorten the time to market. It also gives Xintela more space to develop the XSTEM® platform for other indications," says Xintela's CEO Evy Lundgren-Åkerlund.

MUMS status facilitates development of Xintela's horse stem cell product
In June, Xintela announced that the company has received MUMS status (Minor Use Minor Species) in Europe for its stem cell product EQSTEM™ for the treatment of degenerative joint disease, including osteoarthritis, in horses. MUMS status is the veterinary equivalent to Orphan Drug in human medicine. MUMS status for the horse product provides significant reduction in documentation requirements for registration of the drug. In addition, Xintela will receive administrative assistance from EMA for registration of the product within the EU.

"The MUMS status both facilitates and speeds up the development and gives Xintela an important competitive edge in developing a stem cell product for the treatment of degenerative joint disease in horses. Xintela's strategy is to conduct clinical studies in horses and other animals in collaboration with development partners,” says Evy Lundgren-Åkerlund.

Production of stem cells in own GMP facility builds value
An important step for Xintela's development of stem cell-based products is the establishment of its GMP facility for own production of stem cells. Xintela announced in April that the GMP facility has been completed and the company has moved into new laboratory facilities and offices directly adjacent to the GMP unit. The furnishings and fittings and most instruments are now in place and the team is working on completing the facility for inspection by the Swedish Medical Products Agency for manufacturing permits for clinical trial production. The facility is expected to be ready for production by the end of this year. During the summer Xintela expanded the team with 2 new employees with experience from GMP production, clean rooms and process development to meet future needs. The GMP facility gives Xintela full control and flexibility over the production and reduces the risks associated with outsourcing. Xintela is also building unique expertise in GMP production, process development and quality systems, creating significant value in the company both for Xintela's own development of stem cell products and as a future possible contract manufacturer for other stem cell companies.

"Our investment in the production facility is strategically very important and makes Xintela even more attractive as a partner. It also reduces the company's production costs, even in the short term, as compared to production through a contract manufacturer, which would involve extensive and costly transfer of Xintela's technology," says Evy Lundgren-Åkerlund.

Neural stem cells - a new cell therapy area with great business potential
Xintela announced in April that the company has developed new methods to identify and purify neural stem cells from the brain. The new methods have opened up a whole new field for Xintela for the treatment of traumatic damages and diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) including stroke, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, where the need for better treatments is very high.

“Stem cell therapies within the CNS have huge commercial potential and several global pharmaceutical companies have significant interest in this area. Our patented method to identify and quality assure neural stem cells for therapeutic use represents an innovative way to enhance product safety, effect and reproducibility. Furthermore, this expands our project portfolio in regenerative medicine and confirms that our marker technology can be used for additional, very interesting indications," says Evy Lundgren-Åkerlund.

Xintela is now working to set the strategy for continued development when resources are available. The company has already begun discussions with potential partners that can provide financial resources and additional research expertise within the CNS area.

Development and broadening of the oncology business
Xintela's first focus in oncology is to develop a treatment for the aggressive brain tumor glioblastoma. Xintela has previously shown that the company's antibody-based ADC (Antibody-Drug Conjugate) has a killing effect on tumor cells both in cell experiments and in an animal model, thus building the foundation for Xintela's commitment to oncology. These results will now be submitted for publication in an international scientific journal. Xintela intends to further develop the project together with a partner with experience in ADC development, and discussions with potential partners are progressing well.

"Since we focus on developing an ADC, we are looking for a partner with extensive experience in this area. Xintela offers unique targets as well as specific antibodies to direct an ADC treatment to the tumor cells. Our co-development partner will provide co-financing, facilitate the development and reduce risk in the project,”  says Evy Lundgren-Åkerlund.

Xintela has also identified additional oncology indications where the company's marker technology has great potential  in both diagnostics and therapy.

"We are evaluating other tumor types with significantly larger markets than glioblastoma and which will add significant value to our oncology business. We are currently working on patent applications to protect our new discoveries," says Evy Lundgren-Åkerlund.

Spin-out of oncology business to new company
In March, Xintela announced that the company is investigating a possible spin-out of the oncology business into a separate company to provide the oncology projects the best possible conditions to continue developing internally and through collaborations. This will facilitate future partnerships and financing, thus allowing the separate oncology company to focus on activities that create maximum value for our shareholders.

"With the important milestones achieved in the glioblastoma project combined with new and exciting results in other oncology indications, the time is right for the oncology business to grow and develop as a separate company. This will clearly accelerate the development of our oncology projects. Xintela has recently formed a subsidiary, Targinta AB, and is currently working on the details of the spin-out,” says Evy Lundgren-Åkerlund.

XACT in Japanese collaboration
During the year, Xintela has collaborated with the Japanese company CellSeed on Xintela's quality test XACT (Xintela Assay for Cell Therapy). CellSeed develops, among other things, a cartilage cell-based product for repair of cartilage injuries in the knee joint. In this collaboration, Xintela's integrin markers and XACT are evaluated for quality assurance of cartilage cells that CellSeed uses in the product development. The goal is to move into a long-term collaboration and licensing of Xintela's marker technology.

"Our collaboration with CellSeed has developed in a very positive way and generated revenue for Xintela. Discussions on the continued collaboration are ongoing. Development of cell therapy in Japan is very interesting because the regulatory system in Japan allows for market approval of a cell-based product already after clinical phase II," says Evy Lundgren-Åkerlund.

Strategic development of the patent portfolio
Xintela works proactively with its strong patent portfolio, covering all essential aspects of the marker technology platform XINMARK® to protect new, commercially and clinically relevant, discoveries arising from the company's development projects. Within the Integrin α10 patent family, the U.S. Patent Office (USPTO) recently issued a Notice of Allowance (NoA)  for the patent application protecting integrin α10 cDNA as a product. This application is a follow-up application of previously granted patents in the same patent family. In Xintela’s patent family protecting the monoclonal antibody mAb365, the USPTO has also issued a NoA for the follow-up application, that broadens the protection conferred by previously granted patents. Issue of the two patents is expected shortly.
In April, Xintela’s patent application protecting integrin α10 as a marker for neural stem cells was published. The neural stem cell technology protected by this patent application can be used for treating patients suffering from cerebral and spinal cord injuries, after stroke or trauma.
Xintela recently announced that the company's patent application which protects the use of integrin α10 for the prevention and treatment of degenerative joint diseases including osteoarthritis and bone sclerosis using stem cells has been published.
Xintela has also recently filed a PCT application that extends patent protection for XACT and quality assurance of chondrocyte products.

"The creative and innovative environment at Xintela continues to generate commercially and clinically relevant patentable inventions that create great value for its shareholders," said Peter Holm, Country Manager Sweden, Partner and European Patent Attorney, HØIBERG.

Xintela AB (publ)
Evy Lundgren-Åkerlund, CEO
Tel: 070-329 18 71
Medicon Village
223 81 Lund

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About Xintela
Xintela develops medical products within regenerative medicine and oncology based on its proprietary marker technology, XINMARK®. Xintela uses the technology to isolate and quality assure stem cells for the treatment of the joint disease osteoarthritis. Studies on horses have shown that the stem cells are safe and that they have a therapeutic effect on the articular cartilage and the underlying bone after an injury. Xintela has recently established its own GMP-facility to produce stem cells for clinical studies. In the oncology program, XINMARK® is used for the development of an antibody-based treatment (Antibody Drug Conjugate, ADC) against specific tumors with first focus on the aggressive brain tumor glioblastoma. Positive preclinical results from cell studies and animal model have shown that the ADC treatment has a targeting and killing effect on specific tumor cells supporting further development of the company’s oncology business. Xintela is listed on Nasdaq First North Stockholm since 22 March 2016. Xintela's Certified Adviser at Nasdaq First North is Erik Penser Bank AB, +46 8-463 80 00.


Below you will find the collected information on Xintela’s press releases, newsletters, diary events, films, media coverage and analyses.

April 26, 2019
The Board of Xintela AB (publ) announces that Peter Edman has been nominated for election to the Board at the annual general meeting
April 26, 2019
The results of the company's glioblastoma study have now been published in the renowned international scientific journal Cancers.
April 16, 2019
Xintela appoints Sven Kili as Chief Operating Officer
February 27, 2019
Xintela publishes its Year-end Report for 2018
February 15, 2019
Xintela publishes results from stem cell study
January 8, 2019
Xintela broadens and extends patent protection for chondrocyte products and chondrocyte markers
October 25, 2018
The parties intend to jointly develop an ADC therapeutic product with a first focus on glioblastoma
August 29, 2018
Xintela has made the decision to spin out its oncology business to a newly formed subsidiary company, Targinta AB.
August 29, 2018
Sven Kili extends his commitment to Xintela as Chief Medical Officer
August 21, 2018
Xintela announces an update on the company's development programs
August 9, 2018
Xintela today announced that the company's international patent application has been published
July 9, 2018
Xintela signs Letter of Intent with CO.DON
June 28, 2018
Xintela receives MUMS-status for the treatment of osteoarthritis in horses
April 26, 2018
Xintela's GMP facility is completed and being prepared for production and clinical trials
April 17, 2018
Xintela develops unique methods in stem cell therapy for the brain and broadens patent portfolio
March 20, 2018
Xintela prepares for a possible spin-out of its oncology business into a separate company
February 22, 2018
Xintela publishes the Year-end Report for 2017-01-01 - 2017-12-31
December 29, 2017
Xintela licenses human antibody technology for cancer therapy
December 19, 2017
Xintela to collaborate with Japanese CellSeed Inc.
November 13, 2017
Xintela raises 17 million SEK in debt and equity
October 17, 2017
Keld Søndergaard has resigned from the company’s Board of Directors, citing personal reasons.
September 11, 2017
Xintela building own GMP-facility for stem cell production
July 17, 2017
Xintela recruits Liselotte Theorell as Director Product Development and Quality Management
June 22, 2017
Xintela participates in multi-million, government funded initiative to form a cell and gene therapy research center
May 22, 2017
Xintela signs Memorandum of Understanding with the leading European cell therapy company, CO.DON
May 9, 2017
Xintela: Keld Sondergaard nominated as new board member
March 21, 2017
Xintela announces today that Thomas Areschoug has been recruited to the business development team......
February 8, 2017
(In Swedish) Xintela: Insynspersoner och huvudägare avser nyttja teckningsoptioner av serie TO1
January 20, 2017
Xintela reports positive preclinical results in cancer project
January 4, 2017
Xintela´s stem cells show positive treatment effects on cartilage damage in horse study
December 22, 2016
Xintela reports positive results from completed horse study
September 12, 2016
Xintela announces that Rickard Mosell has been recruited as Head of Business Development from October 1, 2016.
August 22, 2016
Xintela today announces that it has settled a dispute and will receive 1,500,000 Swedish Crowns in compensation.
June 23, 2016
Xintela announces that Christer Betsholtz has been engaged as a scientific and strategic advisor
June 1, 2016
Xintela strengthens its organisation wih the appointment of Caroline Ehrencrona as Director Clincial Development and Regulatory Affairs
April 25, 2016
Xintela initiates a study on the treatment of cartilage damage in horses in the USA.
March 16, 2016
Xintela's press releases are currently only published in Swedish. Please contact us if you have further questions.
May 8, 2019
Projects in both regenerative medicine and oncology are making progress and developing very positively.
January 14, 2019
The following presentation summarises the status of Xintela’s various activities and overall plans for the coming year.
January 14, 2019
Xintela has worked intensively to connect the company with potential partners and international investors.
July 17, 2018
Strong first six months for Xintela
March 27, 2018
Large-scale stem cell production paves the way for GMP-certified production
January 5, 2018
Pre-Christmas breakthrough promises an exciting 2018
September 28, 2017
‍Strategic decisions that builds significant value
July 19, 2017
Focusing on Stem Cell Production and Preparations for Clinical Trials
May 16, 2017
On the 21st March 2017, Xintela reported that it was strengthening its Business Development team...
April 5, 2017
A word from the CEO
April 5, 2017
The subscription period for shares supported by warrants has started
December 29, 2016
A Year of Significant Progress
December 14, 2016
Glioblastoma—Xintela's Focus in the Cancer Arena
November 8, 2016
Starting the Autumn with an increased focus on Xintela’s commercial development
October 19, 2016
Since our listing in the Spring, the company has developed in a very positive way and we are on track with the milestones we have set.
August 11, 2016
Confidence in the future with a strong organisation
August 11, 2016
Welcome to Xintela's newsletter
June 3, 2019
3-6 June: Bio International Convention, Philadelphia
3-6 June: Bio International Convention, Philadelphia
April 23, 2019
23-25 April: Cell&Gene on the Mediterranean, Barcelona
23-25 April: Cell&Gene on the Mediterranean, Barcelona
April 9, 2019
9-11 April: Animal Health Investment USA Conference, Boston
9-11 April: Animal Health Investment USA Conference, Boston
April 4, 2019
4 April: ATMP Sweden Annual Conference, Gothenburg
4 April: ATMP Sweden Annual Conference, Gothenburg
August 30, 2018

BioStock was given the opportunity to interview Sven Kili in connection with his visit to Sweden for board and strategy work in Xintela.

February 9, 2017

Dr. Marcus Keep comments on Xintelas glioblastoma project.

January 31, 2017

Xintelas Chairman of the board and strategic advisor Greg Batcheller, tells us more about Xintelas potential and prospects.

January 30, 2017

Dr. Lisa Fortier at Cornell University, New York is interviewed by BioStock about Xintelas positive results in horse study.

December 28, 2016

In the following video interview, Karin explains her role at Xintela and what she considers to be Xintela’s primary strengths.

December 13, 2016

See the interview with Claes Post, member of the board in Xintela. The interview is in swedish with english subtitles.

March 24, 2016

See the interview with Sven Kili, member of the board in Xintela. The interview is in English (introduction is in Swedish).

March 22, 2016

See an interview with Xintela's CEO Evy Lundgren-Åkerlund, after the listing ceremony at Nasdaq First North.

March 16, 2016

Investor presentation from Lund - Jan 27

March 15, 2016

Interview with Xintelas CEO

June 22, 2017
Xintela covered in GEN regarding its participation in multi-million, government funded initiative to form a...
March 2, 2017
Xintela covered in regarding that its stem cells are safe for use in horses
March 23, 2016
(Article in Swedish) Xintela tar behandling av ledskador och cancer till First North.
March 23, 2016
(Article in Swedish) Grundare av Xintela ser notering som viktig milstolpe
March 23, 2016
(Article in Swedish) Xintela covered in Life Science Sweden
February 24, 2016
(Article in Swedish) Rapidus: Xintela på väg till First North
April 12, 2018
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