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Coronavirus / Biotech Stock News Bites: Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: $CYCC) Announces Collaboration with the University of Edinburgh to Study Its CDK Inhibitors to Reduce Runaway Inflammation In COVID-19 Disease

Evaluation of Fadraciclib and Seliciclib to Promote Apoptosis of Inflammatory Neutrophils in the Setting of COVID-19 Lung Injury


Berkeley Heights, NJ and Dundee, UK - April 20, 2020 ( Newswire) Coronavirus / Biotechnology (COVID-19) Stock News Bites - Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYCC, NASDAQ: CYCCP; "Cyclacel" or the "Company") a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative medicines today announced that it entered into an agreement with the University of Edinburgh to study fadraciclib (CYC065) and seliciclib (CYC202 or R-roscovitine), its clinical stage CDK2/9 inhibitors, as potential early treatments for the inflammatory response observed in patients with COVID-19 disease.

The parties will assess Cyclacel's medicines above for their suitability for use in safety and efficacy studies in COVID-19 patients. This evaluation is part of a broader project ("STOPCOVID") studying the inflammatory pathways that lead directly to COVID-19 lung injury, drawing upon more than 30 years of experience from the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Inflammation Research. STOPCOVID is supported by a £2 million (approximately $2.5 million) grant from LifeArc and the University is seeking further funding.

"We are eager to evaluate the potential role of Cyclacel's CDK inhibitors as enablers of inflammatory neutrophil apoptosis," said Professor Kev Dhaliwal, STOPCOVID lead and Consultant in Respiratory Medicine at The University of Edinburgh. "Clinical data from international studies suggest that an early peripheral blood neutrophil response is associated with a poor outcome in COVID-19. If we can stop the inflammatory cascade early, we may be able to prevent or delay the severity of COVID-19 induced inflammation and the need for assisted ventilation in affected patients.

" Previously published research from The University of Edinburgh and other investigators have found that CDK inhibitors, including seliciclib, help resolve undesirable inflammation by promoting apoptosis of inflammatory neutrophils. CDK inhibitors were shown to reduce levels of the anti-apoptotic protein Mcl-1 and inhibit transcription of interleukin-6 (IL-6), both of which are believed to be drivers of the overactive systemic inflammatory response severely damaging the lungs of symptomatic COVID-19 patients.

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