Candidate: Immune-boosting microbiome therapeutic to help prevent and fight SARS-CoV-2
Type: Treatment designed to be taken at the onset of symptoms or with a vaccine or antiviral drug to mount an effective immune response with long-lasting immunity and boost the immune system of those exposed to the virus. The treatment is being developed as a general enhancer of the immune system “may be effective against mutations, seasonal flu and future pandemics,” Persephone says.
Status: Persephone on April 2 announced the development of the immune-boosting microbiome therapeutic, and a stool-based diagnostic, and is seeking partners for preclinical development or clinical trials. The company’s proprietary Decode.Design.Cure® technology platform is designed to collect and analyze gut microbiome samples from thousands of patients through its nationwide Poop For The Cure® campaign, using artificial intelligence and next-generation genome sequencing technologies.
COVID-19: 200 Candidates and Counting
To navigate through the >200 potential therapeutic and vaccine options for COVID-19, GEN has grouped the candidates into four broad categories based on their developmental and (where applicable) clinical progress:
● FRONT RUNNER – the most promising therapeutics/vaccines based on clinical progress, favorable data or both.
● DEFINITELY MAYBE – earlier phases with promising partners, or more advanced candidates in development that have generated uneven data
● KEEPING AN EYE ON… – interesting technology, attracting notable partners, or both, but preliminary data.
● TOO SOON TO TELL – longshots pending additional experimental and/or clinical data.
GEN has also tagged the most common treatment types: