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Drug Pipeline

Drug Stage Notes
ACI-35.030
Alzheimer’s Disease
Phase 1/2
Phase 1/2
Phase 1b/2a interim data released February 11, 2021.
ACI-3024
Alzheimer’s disease
Phase 1
Phase 1
Phase 1 trial has completed.
ACI-24
Alzheimer’s disease (AD)
Phase 2
Phase 2
Phase 2 12-month analysis has been completed.
Semorinemab
Alzheimer’s disease
Phase 2
Phase 2
Phase 2 top-line data did not meet endpoints - September 23, 2020.
Semorinemab - LAURIET
Alzheimer’s disease
Phase 2
Phase 2
Phase 2 trial ongoing as of September 23, 2020.
ACI-24 (anti-Abeta vaccine)
Alzheimer's disease-like characteristics in individuals with Down syndrome
Phase 1b
Phase 1b
Phase 1b presentation at AAIC July 29, 2020.
Crenezumab - CREAD 2
Alzheimer’s disease
Phase 3
Phase 3
Phase 3 trial terminated following interim analysis indicating primary endpoint would not be met.
Crenezumab - CREAD 1
Alzheimer’s disease
Phase 3
Phase 3
Phase 3 trial terminated following interim analysis indicating primary endpoint would not be met.

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  1. LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Feb. 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AC Immune SA (NASDAQ:ACIU), a Swiss-based, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a broad pipeline focused on neurodegenerative diseases, today announced that four new data presentations will be delivered at the 15th International Conference on Alzheimer's & Parkinson's Diseases (AD/PDTM), taking place virtually from March 9–14, 2021. The presentations will highlight preclinical results from the Company's wholly-owned therapeutic and diagnostic programs targeting pathological forms of alpha-synuclein and TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43) for neurodegenerative diseases.

    The presentations will showcase how AC Immune's expertise in discovery, assay development and characterization…

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Feb. 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AC Immune SA (NASDAQ:ACIU), a Swiss-based, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a broad pipeline focused on neurodegenerative diseases, today announced that four new data presentations will be delivered at the 15th International Conference on Alzheimer's & Parkinson's Diseases (AD/PDTM), taking place virtually from March 9–14, 2021. The presentations will highlight preclinical results from the Company's wholly-owned therapeutic and diagnostic programs targeting pathological forms of alpha-synuclein and TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43) for neurodegenerative diseases.

    The presentations will showcase how AC Immune's expertise in discovery, assay development and characterization of promising candidates powers its industry-leading pipeline. Two oral presentations will highlight the Company's first-in-class positron emission tomography (PET) imaging agent and therapeutic antibody programs targeting TDP-43 proteinopathies, and two electronic poster presentations will focus on AC Immune's novel small molecule aggregation inhibitor and clinical-stage PET imaging agent for alpha-synuclein.

    Prof. Andrea Pfeifer, CEO of AC Immune SA, commented: "Our presentations at AD/PDTM further demonstrate how we leverage our MorphomerTM and SupraAntigenTM platforms to generate highly differentiated candidates and enable our precision medicine approach to neurodegenerative diseases. We are advancing proprietary therapeutics in unison with first-in-class companion diagnostics, such as our novel alpha-synuclein PET tracer candidate, ACI-12589, which is being evaluated in an ongoing First-in-Human study. Our unique combination of highly selective diagnostic and therapeutic candidates could allow optimal targeting of key proteinopathies and enable major advances in areas of unmet medical need."

    Scientific updates at AD/PDTM 2021

    Morphomer™ TDP-43 imaging

    Title: Discovery of PET tracers for TDP-43 proteinopathies

    Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 10:45 – 11:00 am CET

    Presenter: Oral presentation by Tamara Seredenina

    Anti-TDP-43 antibody

    Title: TDP-43 antibody directed microglial clearance and inhibition of seeded aggregation mitigates neuropathology in models of TDP-43 proteinopathy

    Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 11:15 – 11:30 am CET

    Presenter: Oral presentation by Tariq Afroz

    Morphomer™ alpha-synuclein imaging

    Title: [18F]ACI-12589, a novel alpha-synuclein radiotracer as a biomarker in patients with Parkinson's disease and other synucleinopathies

    E-poster ID: P531 / #868

    Presenter: E-poster presentation by Efthymia Vokali

    Morphomer™ alpha-synuclein small molecule aggregation inhibitor

    Title: Generating a first-in-class inhibitor to treat Parkinson's disease by targeting intracellular alpha-synuclein pathology

    E-poster ID: P425 / #1195

    Presenter: E-poster presentation by Nadine Aït-Bouziad

    About AC Immune SA

    AC Immune SA is a Nasdaq-listed clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, which aims to become a global leader in precision medicine for neurodegenerative diseases. The Company utilizes two proprietary platforms, SupraAntigenTM and MorphomerTM, to design, discover and develop small molecule and biological therapeutics as well as diagnostic products intended to diagnose, prevent and modify neurodegenerative diseases caused by misfolding proteins. The Company's pipeline features nine therapeutic and three diagnostic product candidates, with six currently in clinical trials. It has collaborations with major pharmaceutical companies including Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Eli Lilly and Company and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

    For further information, please contact:

    Head of Investor Relations

    Joshua Drumm, Ph.D.

    AC Immune

    Phone: +1 917 809 0814

    Email:



    US Media

    Katie Gallagher

    LaVoie Health Science

    Phone: +1 617 792 3937

    Email:



     European Investors & Media

    Chris Maggos

    LifeSci Advisors

    Phone: +41 79 367 6254

    Email:

    Forward looking statements

    This press release contains statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are statements other than historical fact and may include statements that address future operating, financial or business performance or AC Immune's strategies or expectations. In some cases, you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as "may," "might," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "projects," "potential," "outlook" or "continue," and other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, developments and business decisions to differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. These risks and uncertainties include those described under the captions "Item 3. Key Information – Risk Factors" and "Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects" in AC Immune's Annual Report on Form 20-F and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These include: the impact of Covid-19 on our business, suppliers, patients and employees and any other impact of Covid-19. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and AC Immune does not undertake any obligation to update them in light of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable law. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.



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  2. LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Feb. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AC Immune SA (NASDAQ:ACIU), a Swiss-based, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a broad pipeline focused on neurodegenerative diseases, today announced that it will participate in the upcoming SVB Leerink 10th Annual Global Healthcare Conference, taking place virtually on February 22–26, 2021.

    During a fireside chat, AC Immune CEO Prof. Andrea Pfeifer will discuss the Company's execution strategy to advance and accelerate its precision medicine approach to targeting neurodegenerative diseases. Prof. Pfeifer will also highlight AC Immune's novel anti-phospho-Tau (pTau) vaccine candidate ACI-35.030, including recent interim Phase 1b/2a results that showed promising immunogenicity…

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Feb. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AC Immune SA (NASDAQ:ACIU), a Swiss-based, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a broad pipeline focused on neurodegenerative diseases, today announced that it will participate in the upcoming SVB Leerink 10th Annual Global Healthcare Conference, taking place virtually on February 22–26, 2021.

    During a fireside chat, AC Immune CEO Prof. Andrea Pfeifer will discuss the Company's execution strategy to advance and accelerate its precision medicine approach to targeting neurodegenerative diseases. Prof. Pfeifer will also highlight AC Immune's novel anti-phospho-Tau (pTau) vaccine candidate ACI-35.030, including recent interim Phase 1b/2a results that showed promising immunogenicity and safety in patients with early Alzheimer's disease. AC Immune is developing ACI-35.030 in collaboration with its strategic partner Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

    SVB Leerink 10th Annual Global Healthcare Conference

    Date: February 24, 2020 | 11:20–11:50 am ET / 5:20–5:50 pm CET

    Format: Fireside chat

    Presenter: Prof. Andrea Pfeifer, CEO, AC Immune SA

    A webcast of the fireside chat will be available on the Events Page of AC Immune's website.

    About AC Immune SA

    AC Immune SA is a Nasdaq-listed clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, which aims to become a global leader in precision medicine for neurodegenerative diseases. The Company utilizes two proprietary platforms, SupraAntigenTM and MorphomerTM, to design, discover and develop small molecule and biological therapeutics as well as diagnostic products intended to diagnose, prevent and modify neurodegenerative diseases caused by misfolding proteins. The Company's pipeline features nine therapeutic and three diagnostic product candidates, with six currently in clinical trials. It has collaborations with major pharmaceutical companies including Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Eli Lilly and Company and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

    For further information, please contact:

    Head of Investor Relations

    Joshua Drumm, Ph.D.

    AC Immune

    Phone: +1 917 809 0814

    Email:



    US Media

    Katie Gallagher

    LaVoie Health Science

    Phone: +1 617 792 3937

    Email:



     European Investors & Media

    Chris Maggos

    LifeSci Advisors

    Phone: +41 79 367 6254

    Email:

    Forward looking statements

    This press release contains statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are statements other than historical fact and may include statements that address future operating, financial or business performance or AC Immune's strategies or expectations. In some cases, you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as "may," "might," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "projects," "potential," "outlook" or "continue," and other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, developments and business decisions to differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. These risks and uncertainties include those described under the captions "Item 3. Key Information – Risk Factors" and "Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects" in AC Immune's Annual Report on Form 20-F and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These include: the impact of COVID-19 on our business, suppliers, patients and employees and any other impact of COVID-19. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and AC Immune does not undertake any obligation to update them in light of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable law. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.



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  3. Interim results of ACI-35.030 vaccination show high titers of antigen-specific antibodies at potentially therapeutic levels in 100% of older patients with early Alzheimer's disease

    ACI-35.030 was safe and well tolerated with no safety concerns observed. Results support plans to further develop the Alzheimer's vaccine into Phase 2/3

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Feb. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AC Immune SA (NASDAQ:ACIU), a Swiss-based, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a broad pipeline focused on neurodegenerative diseases, today announced positive interim results from its ongoing Phase 1b/2a clinical trial evaluating its first-in-class anti-phospho-Tau (pTau) vaccine candidate ACI-35.030 for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD…

    Interim results of ACI-35.030 vaccination show high titers of antigen-specific antibodies at potentially therapeutic levels in 100% of older patients with early Alzheimer's disease

    ACI-35.030 was safe and well tolerated with no safety concerns observed. Results support plans to further develop the Alzheimer's vaccine into Phase 2/3

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Feb. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AC Immune SA (NASDAQ:ACIU), a Swiss-based, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a broad pipeline focused on neurodegenerative diseases, today announced positive interim results from its ongoing Phase 1b/2a clinical trial evaluating its first-in-class anti-phospho-Tau (pTau) vaccine candidate ACI-35.030 for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). ACI-35.030 vaccination generated a potent antigen-specific antibody response against pTau in 100% of older patients with early AD, achieving antibody levels several orders of magnitude higher than pre-vaccination levels. No clinically relevant adverse events were observed. AC Immune and strategic partner Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., believe these interim findings from the first two dosing groups support plans to advance the development of ACI-35.030 for the treatment of AD.

    Immunization with anti-Tau vaccines represents a novel strategy for the treatment of AD and other neurodegenerative diseases characterized by Tau pathology. ACI-35.030 is a first-in-class vaccine candidate designed to generate a specific antibody response against pTau proteins in the brain. Anti-pTau antibodies generated by ACI-35.030 have the potential to reduce the spread and seeding of Tau pathology, which is a major hallmark of AD.

    These new results provide encouraging clinical support for ACI-35.030, which employs a new vaccine formulation to achieve active immunization that significantly improves antibody responses in older patients with potentially attenuated immune systems. Notably, anti-pTau vaccination generates antibody responses with pharmacokinetic characteristics and target epitopes that differ substantially from the Company's anti-Tau monoclonal antibody semorinemab, highlighting the comprehensive and complementary nature of AC Immune's anti-Tau pipeline.

      

    Prof. Andrea Pfeifer, CEO of AC Immune SA, commented: "These remarkable data show that ACI-35.030 is capable of generating unprecedented antibody responses against pTau in an elderly population, with very high antigen-specific titers. Importantly, it generated a much stronger antibody response compared to direct injection of exogenous antibodies. As pathological pTau is present as a precursor many years before Tau accumulation in the brain is detectable via brain imaging, such results highlight the significant promise of ACI-35.030 as an early intervention for AD, especially when combined with cutting-edge pTau diagnostics that would enable identification of people at risk of developing Tau-driven disease. We look forward to continuing to advance ACI-35.030 in our collaboration with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., as we aim to bring this potentially breakthrough vaccine to patients."

    Interim data from the Phase 1b/2a study showed:

    • Anti-Tau IgG response preferentially targets phosphorylated Tau in all patients; 
    • 100% of patients demonstrated an anti-pTau IgG response after the 1st injection for both lowest and second highest dosages;
    • Very high anti-pTau IgG titers observed following injection;
    • Anti-pTau IgM response was also elicited in all patients for both doses;
    • ACI-35.030 was safe and well tolerated with no clinically relevant safety concerns observed to date.

    The companies plan to advance to the third and highest dosing group, per the study protocol.

    ACI-35.030 is derived from AC Immune's proprietary SupraAntigenTM platform, which accelerates the discovery and development of conformation specific antibodies and vaccine candidates to power successful therapeutic and diagnostic approaches. Additional clinical-stage candidates derived from this platform include ACI-24, a proprietary anti-amyloid beta (Abeta) vaccine, crenezumab, an anti-Abeta monoclonal antibody, and semorinemab, an anti-Tau monoclonal antibody, which is in Phase 2 development for the treatment of moderate AD.

    AC Immune's SupraAntigenTM platform has also more recently generated conformation-specific antibodies against emerging neurodegenerative disease targets such as alpha-synuclein, TDP-43 and the NLRP3 inflammasome pathway. AC Immune's programs directed against these emerging targets are among the most advanced and comprehensive in the field.

    About the Phase 1b/2a pTau AD Vaccine Trial

    AC Immune's Phase 1b/2a pTau AD vaccine trial is a randomized, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study with a primary objective to assess the safety, tolerability and immunogenicity of different doses of ACI-35.030 over a 48-week treatment phase in 32 patients with early AD. Other endpoints will assess clinical and cognitive parameters as well as additional immunogenicity and safety parameters.

    About ACI-35.030

    ACI-35.030 is a potent liposomal anti-pTau active investigational vaccine designed to elicit antibodies against phosphorylated pathological Tau protein. It is designed to reduce and facilitate the clearance of related Tau aggregates, slowing the progression of Tau-pathology and/or treating the underlying Tauopathy.

    It builds on the success of AC Immune's ACI-35 vaccine, which demonstrated an early target-specific antibody response against pTau after the first injection in the vast majority of participants in a Phase 1b study in mild-to-moderate AD. In preclinical studies, ACI-35.030 retained the excellent non-clinical safety profile and the highly specific antibody response against phosphorylated pathological Tau produced by ACI-35, while demonstrating an enhanced and more homogeneous antibody response.

    AC Immune is developing the ACI-35.030 vaccine in collaboration with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., under a 2014 licensing agreement to develop and commercialize therapeutic anti-Tau vaccines for the treatment of AD and potentially other Tauopathies.

    About AC Immune SA

    AC Immune SA is a Nasdaq-listed clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, which aims to become a global leader in precision medicine for neurodegenerative diseases. The Company utilizes two proprietary platforms, SupraAntigenTM and MorphomerTM, to design, discover and develop small molecule and biological therapeutics as well as diagnostic products intended to diagnose, prevent and modify neurodegenerative diseases caused by misfolding proteins. The Company's pipeline features nine therapeutic and three diagnostic product candidates, with six currently in clinical trials. It has collaborations with major pharmaceutical companies including Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Eli Lilly and Company and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

    For further information, please contact:

    Head of Investor Relations

    Joshua Drumm, Ph.D.

    AC Immune

    Phone: +1 917 809 0814

    Email:

    US Media

    Katie Gallagher

    LaVoie Health Science

    Phone: +1 617 792 3937

    Email:

      
     European Investors & Media

    Chris Maggos

    LifeSci Advisors

    Phone: +41 79 367 6254

    Email:

    Forward looking statements

    This press release contains statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are statements other than historical fact and may include statements that address future operating, financial or business performance or AC Immune's strategies or expectations. In some cases, you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as "may," "might," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "projects," "potential," "outlook" or "continue," and other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, developments and business decisions to differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. These risks and uncertainties include those described under the captions "Item 3. Key Information – Risk Factors" and "Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects" in AC Immune's Annual Report on Form 20-F and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These include: the impact of Covid-19 on our business, suppliers, patients and employees and any other impact of Covid-19. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and AC Immune does not undertake any obligation to update them in light of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable law. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. 



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  4. LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Feb. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AC Immune SA (NASDAQ:ACIU), a Swiss-based, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a broad pipeline focused on neurodegenerative diseases, today announced that the first patient has been scanned in a first-in-human study of its novel diagnostic agent for Parkinson's disease (PD). ACI-12589 is a next-generation positron emission tomography (PET) imaging tracer that has shown significant potential to reliably detect and map deposits of pathological alpha-synuclein protein in the brain, which is the major hallmark of PD. AC Immune expects to report the results of the study in Q3 2021. The clinical study is supported by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF…

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Feb. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AC Immune SA (NASDAQ:ACIU), a Swiss-based, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a broad pipeline focused on neurodegenerative diseases, today announced that the first patient has been scanned in a first-in-human study of its novel diagnostic agent for Parkinson's disease (PD). ACI-12589 is a next-generation positron emission tomography (PET) imaging tracer that has shown significant potential to reliably detect and map deposits of pathological alpha-synuclein protein in the brain, which is the major hallmark of PD. AC Immune expects to report the results of the study in Q3 2021. The clinical study is supported by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF), building on The Foundation's significant funding of AC Immune's program since 2015.

    Alpha-synuclein misfolding and aggregation are the molecular basis for the formation of pathological Lewy bodies and neurites, which are characteristic of PD and other alpha-synucleinopathies such as multiple system atrophy (MSA) and Lewy body dementia (LBD). In preclinical studies, ACI-12589 demonstrates significantly improved target occupancy and binds to PD patient-derived tissue with improved sensitivity and specificity compared to AC Immune's prior-generation candidates. These favorable characteristics highlight the significant potential of ACI-12589 to become the world's first diagnostic tool for assessing brain alpha-synuclein pathology in PD. An effective diagnostic may enable accurate, potentially earlier diagnosis as well as monitoring of disease progression to facilitate longitudinal drug efficacy measurements in patients.

      

    Prof. Andrea Pfeifer, CEO of AC Immune SA, commented: "The unmet need for reliable, non-invasive diagnostic tools to enable precision medicine approaches in Parkinson's disease is substantial, which is why our alpha-synuclein PET tracer program is so critical for the field. While inclusions containing misfolded aggregates of this key protein have long been considered an important neuropathology in this debilitating neurodegenerative disease, the means to accurately detect and quantify pathological alpha-synuclein in the brain has remained elusive. With our next-generation PET tracer candidate, we believe there is potential to change this paradigm. ACI-12589 demonstrates ideal properties in preclinical studies using patient-derived brain tissue, which is another testament to the strength of our Morphomer™ platform and the medicinal chemistry expertise at AC Immune. We are pleased to have the continued support of the MJFF as we enter the clinic with this promising diagnostic candidate, which, together with our novel therapeutic candidates targeting pathological alpha-synuclein, encapsulate our precision medicine approach to neurodegenerative diseases."

    AC Immune's PET tracers are derived from the Company's innovative Morphomer technology platform, which accelerates the design, development and synthesis of conformation-specific, CNS- and cell-penetrant small molecules to power successful diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. The Morphomer™ platform has produced multiple small molecules that have been validated in clinical studies, including both therapeutic and diagnostic candidates that selectively target pathological forms of Tau protein. In addition to ACI-12589, AC Immune is advancing Morphomer-derived small molecule aggregation inhibitors that significantly decrease alpha-synuclein aggregate formation in cellular assays with favorable pharmacokinetic properties for further evaluation in vivo.

    About AC Immune SA

    AC Immune SA is a Nasdaq-listed clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, which aims to become a global leader in precision medicine for neurodegenerative diseases. The Company utilizes two proprietary platforms, SupraAntigenTM and MorphomerTM, to design, discover and develop small molecule and biological therapeutics as well as diagnostic products intended to diagnose, prevent and modify neurodegenerative diseases caused by misfolding proteins. The Company's pipeline features nine therapeutic and three diagnostic product candidates, with six currently in clinical trials. It has collaborations with major pharmaceutical companies including Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Eli Lilly and Company and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

    For further information, please contact:

    Head of Investor Relations

    Joshua Drumm, Ph.D.

    AC Immune

    Phone: +1 917 809 0814

    Email:

    US Media

    Katie Gallagher

    LaVoie Health Science

    Phone: +1 617 792 3937

    Email:

      
     European Investors & Media

    Chris Maggos

    LifeSci Advisors

    Phone: +41 79 367 6254

    Email:

    Forward looking statements

    This press release contains statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are statements other than historical fact and may include statements that address future operating, financial or business performance or AC Immune's strategies or expectations. In some cases, you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as "may," "might," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "projects," "potential," "outlook" or "continue," and other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, developments and business decisions to differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. These risks and uncertainties include those described under the captions "Item 3. Key Information – Risk Factors" and "Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects" in AC Immune's Annual Report on Form 20-F and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These include: the impact of Covid-19 on our business, suppliers, patients and employees and any other impact of Covid-19. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and AC Immune does not undertake any obligation to update them in light of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable law. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.



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  5. Highly potent in vivo anti-inflammatory activity demonstrated for novel small molecule NLRP3 inhibitors

    High-affinity antibodies against extracellular components of the inflammasome pathway show inhibition of target inflammatory responses

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Jan. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AC Immune SA (NASDAQ:ACIU), a Swiss-based, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a broad pipeline focused on neurodegenerative diseases, today announced recent advancements in its small molecule- and antibody-based therapeutic programs targeting the (NOD)-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome, a multi-protein complex that activates downstream inflammatory pathways leading to neuronal damage. The inflammasome is a highly valued therapeutic…

    Highly potent in vivo anti-inflammatory activity demonstrated for novel small molecule NLRP3 inhibitors

    High-affinity antibodies against extracellular components of the inflammasome pathway show inhibition of target inflammatory responses

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Jan. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AC Immune SA (NASDAQ:ACIU), a Swiss-based, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a broad pipeline focused on neurodegenerative diseases, today announced recent advancements in its small molecule- and antibody-based therapeutic programs targeting the (NOD)-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome, a multi-protein complex that activates downstream inflammatory pathways leading to neuronal damage. The inflammasome is a highly valued therapeutic target implicated in a wide range of neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer's disease (AD), as well as in non-central nervous system (CNS) indications, such as autoimmune and infectious diseases, as well as certain cancers.

    Leveraging the know-how of its proprietary Morphomer™ platform, which generated AC Immune's clinical stage small molecule Tau aggregation inhibitors, the Company has successfully identified, and filed patent applications for, various chemical series of potent small molecule NLRP3 inhibitors. AC Immune has established biological activity for these compounds in multiple functional assays, and initial animal studies show highly potent target inhibition in a model of peripheral inflammation, providing the first evidence of in vivo activity. AC immune is currently evaluating potential lead compounds for further in vivo efficacy and CNS delivery. The Company expects to initiate in vivo proof-of-concept studies for a CNS-optimized lead compound for development in AD and other key neurodegenerative diseases by year end, as well as evaluate the potential of a second lead molecule in a clinically relevant non-CNS disease model.

    A critical component of the NLRP3 pathway is ASC (apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a C-terminal caspase recruitment domain), which is released by immune cells following NLRP3 inflammasome activation. ASC interacts with amyloid beta (Abeta) in Alzheimer's disease, not only increasing aggregation but also inducing seeding and spreading of Abeta pathology. AC Immune's SupraAntigen™ platform has successfully generated high-affinity antibodies binding extracellular human ASC and potently inhibiting ASC-mediated inflammatory responses in vitro. Selected antibodies will be further evaluated in in vivo proof-of-concept studies using animal models of human disease, which AC Immune expects to start by year end.

    Prof. Andrea Pfeifer, CEO of AC Immune SA, commented: "Accelerating our complementary programs targeting the NLRP3 pathway intra- and extracellularly is a core element of our growth execution strategy in 2021 and beyond. These critical pipeline advancements represent substantial potential value, as the inflammasome has become an important target in both CNS and non-CNS indications. As we continue to develop our small molecule and antibody candidates, I would like to recognize the talent and dedication of our team for establishing a viable development path and enabling us to reach these milestones. Advancing multiple high-value assets targeting the inflammasome pathway further demonstrates AC Immune's ambition to shape a comprehensive pipeline addressing key targets in neurodegeneration. We look forward to providing further updates as our NLRP3 programs progress towards clinical development."

    About AC Immune SA

    AC Immune SA is a Nasdaq-listed clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, which aims to become a global leader in precision medicine for neurodegenerative diseases. The Company utilizes two proprietary platforms, SupraAntigenTM and MorphomerTM, to design, discover and develop small molecule and biological therapeutics as well as diagnostic products intended to diagnose, prevent and modify neurodegenerative diseases caused by misfolding proteins. The Company's pipeline features nine therapeutic and three diagnostic product candidates, with six currently in clinical trials. It has collaborations with major pharmaceutical companies including Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Eli Lilly and Company and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

    For further information, please contact:

    Head of Investor Relations

    Joshua Drumm, Ph.D.

    AC Immune

    Phone: +1 917 809 0814

    Email:



    US Media

    Katie Gallagher

    LaVoie Health Science

    Phone: +1 617 792 3937

    Email:



     European Investors & Media

    Chris Maggos

    LifeSci Advisors

    Phone: +41 79 367 6254

    Email:



    Forward looking statements

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