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Immunic Receives Notice of Allowance for Composition-of-Matter Patent of a Specific Polymorph of Vidofludimus Calcium in the United States

– Patent Will Also Cover a Related Method of Production of the Material –

– Fourth U.S. Patent Directed to Use of Vidofludimus Calcium in Multiple Sclerosis –

– Multilayered Intellectual Property Strategy Provides Protection Into 2041 in the United States and Into 2039 Internationally, Unless Extended Further –

NEW YORK, March 20, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Immunic, Inc. (Nasdaq: IMUX), a biotechnology company developing a clinical pipeline of orally administered, small molecule therapies for chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, today announced that it has received a Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for patent application 16/981,122, entitled, "Calcium salt polymorphs as anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory and anti-proliferative agents," covering the composition-of-matter of a specific polymorph of vidofludimus calcium (IMU-838) and a related method of production of the material. The claims are expected to provide protection into 2039, unless extended further. The patent was previously granted to the company in Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Japan and Mexico.

"Allowance of this key composition-of-matter patent, covering the specific polymorph of vidofludimus calcium, provides another important layer of proprietary intellectual property protection around our lead, late-stage asset," stated Daniel Vitt, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and President of Immunic. "A significant part of this patent will also cover the related method of producing material of vidofludimus calcium used in our studies. Importantly, we meanwhile have eight patent families active for vidofludimus. Our commitment to protecting the technology behind this phase 3 asset remains paramount and is made that much stronger by the addition of this fourth U.S. patent directed to the use of vidofludimus calcium in multiple sclerosis."

Vidofludimus calcium is covered by several layers of granted patents in the United States, Europe and other jurisdictions around the world. These patents are directed towards composition-of-matter for salt forms of vidofludimus, including the specific calcium salt form used in Immunic's clinical trials; the treatment of relapsing multiple sclerosis with a specific dose strength used in the clinical trials; the dosing regimens, including those used in clinical trials for the treatment of multiple sclerosis; as well as composition-of-matter of a specific polymorph of vidofludimus calcium and a related method of production of the material, as reported in this announcement. In the United States, these patents provide protection into 2041, unless extended further. In addition, a pending application is directed towards the use of vidofludimus calcium and other salt forms as well as free acid forms for treating neurodegenerative diseases. If granted, this application could provide protection up to 2044, unless extended further. Finally, further undisclosed patent applications dedicated to strengthening the exclusivity period are currently in process. On top of the patent exclusivity, vidofludimus calcium, as a new chemical entity, should also benefit from regulatory data protection.

About Vidofludimus Calcium (IMU-838)
Vidofludimus calcium is a small molecule investigational drug in development as an oral next-generation treatment option for patients with multiple sclerosis and other chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The selective immune modulator activates the neuroprotective transcription factor nuclear receptor related 1 (Nurr1), which is associated with direct neuroprotective properties. Additionally, vidofludimus calcium is a known inhibitor of the enzyme dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH), which is a key enzyme in the metabolism of overactive immune cells and virus-infected cells. This mechanism is associated with the anti-inflammatory and anti-viral effects of vidofludimus calcium. Vidofludimus calcium has been observed to selectively act on hyperactive T and B cells while leaving other immune cells largely unaffected and enabling normal immune system function, e.g., in fighting infections. To date, vidofludimus calcium has been tested in more than 1,800 individuals and has shown an attractive pharmacokinetic, safety and tolerability profile. Vidofludimus calcium is not yet licensed or approved in any country.

About Immunic, Inc.
Immunic, Inc. (Nasdaq: IMUX) is a biotechnology company developing a clinical pipeline of orally administered, small molecule therapies for chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The company's lead development program, vidofludimus calcium (IMU-838), is currently in phase 3 and phase 2 clinical trials for the treatment of relapsing and progressive multiple sclerosis, respectively, and has shown therapeutic activity in phase 2 clinical trials in patients suffering from relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, progressive multiple sclerosis and moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis. Vidofludimus calcium combines neuroprotective effects, through its mechanism as a first-in-class nuclear receptor related 1 (Nurr1) activator, with additional anti-inflammatory and anti-viral effects, by selectively inhibiting the enzyme dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH). IMU-856, which targets the protein Sirtuin 6 (SIRT6), is intended to restore intestinal barrier function and regenerate bowel epithelium, which could potentially be applicable in numerous gastrointestinal diseases, such as celiac disease, for which it is currently in preparations for a phase 2 clinical trial. IMU-381, which currently is in preclinical testing, is a next generation molecule being developed to specifically address the needs of gastrointestinal diseases. For further information, please visit:

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