Abcentra develops oxidized LDL blocking therapeutics to treat cardiovascular inflammation
Many patients worldwide live with substantial risk of a major cardiovascular event because of chronic inflammation. This includes patients who have recently had a heart attack, and patients with calcific aortic valve disease. It also includes patients with chronic inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
Abcentra is developing a potential solution for patients with cardiovascular inflammation – therapeutics that target oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL). Oxidized LDL is a well-described pro-inflammatory mediator that is strongly implicated in atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, calcific aortic valve disease and several inflammatory diseases. Oxidized LDL blockade offers a promising new way to treat cardiovascular inflammation and meet large unmet medical needs in cardiovascular disease.
Our pipeline focuses on developing oxLDL-blocking therapeutics for patients who have significant residual risk of major a cardiovascular event from chronic inflammation (see Pipeline). Our lead candidate, orticumab, is a fully-human, first-in-class antibody that targets a specific oxidized LDL epitope. Orticumab is currently in phase 2 in psoriasis patients with cardiometabolic risk factors. Several additional indications are also being pursued.
Abcentra has offices in Los Angeles. The Company’s ownership includes world-renowned Los Angeles hospital, Cedar-Sinai. Our team includes experienced drug developers and founding scientists that pioneered our approach to oxidized LDL blockade.
Board of Directors
Managing Director, Glenbarr Partners
Managing Director, Red Mountain Capital
EDWARD M. PRUNCHUNAS
Chief Financial Officer, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
PREDIMAN K. SHAH, M.D.
Director and Founder, Oppenheimer Atherosclerosis Research Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
JAN NILSSON, M.D., PHD
Chairman, Clinical Research Center, Lund University
TIMOTHY WRIGHT, M.D.
General Partner, Time Bioventures