Cerimon, Novartis study basiliximab therapy

Cerimon Pharmaceuticals has entered into an agreement with Novartis Pharma AG to conduct a proof-of-concept study of basiliximab (Simulect) for the treatment of noninfectious uveitis.

South San Francisco, CA-Cerimon Pharmaceuticals has entered into an agreement with Novartis Pharma AG to conduct a proof-of-concept study of basiliximab (Simulect) for the treatment of noninfectious uveitis.

The monoclonal antibody selectively blocks the interleukin-2 (IL-2) receptor, providing highly targeted inhibition of the T-lymphocyte activation involved in immune-related diseases, according to the company.

"There is a significant need for new effective therapies for the treatment of noninfectious uveitis," said Paul Sekhri, president and chief executive officer of Cerimon Pharmaceuticals. "Part of Cerimon's overall strategy is to expand [its] basiliximab development program into other autoimmune diseases where there is significant medical need."