November 16, 2020


Stonehaven Incubate launches new company to revolutionise use of antibiotics in animal health



Stonehaven Incubate AG and Agile Sciences Inc have completed initial studies validating the safety and efficacy of Agile's small molecules, leading to the formation of Anifera Limited.


Anifera will have the exclusive rights to manufacture, develop and commercialise the family of molecules in all applications in animal health.


The Agilyte family of compounds have been shown to increase the susceptibility of highly resistant strains of bacteria to antibiotics, thereby requiring the use of fewer antibiotics to elicit an effect and impact the dispersion and inhibition of biofilms.


Agilytes uniquely disable bacterial protection mechanisms, resulting in enhanced antibiotic activity, disruption and prevention of biofilms and mitigation of bacterial resistance.


Agilyte compounds have been modified from a naturally occurring molecule found in a marine sponge which originally had been shown to have anti-biofilm properties. These compounds have since shown to be effective in overcoming resistance in multiple pre-clinical studies against a wide variety of gram positive and gram negative pathogens, including multi-drug resistant microbes.


Stonehaven Incubate's venture partner, Dr. Gwynneth Thomas, said: "Our proof-of-concept trials have initially focused on reducing the impact of naturally occurring mastitis and proved to be safe and efficacious. We found the addition of the compound to standard antibiotic treatment resulted in a faster and greater reduction in enumerated bacterial counts.


"Anifera is a new company to further explore the use of these compounds in multiple settings. We believe the compounds have the potential to impact the use of antibiotics across multiple different diseases in both production and companion animals. There is a growing need for more effective solutions to combat the overuse of antibiotics and this technology provides a unique opportunity to achieve this."


Dr. John Cavanagh, co-founder of Agile Sciences, said: "At Agile, we're conducting pioneering work towards the goal of reducing the use of antibiotics globally and have had several recent successes on the human health side and are currently moving one of our lead compounds through the pre-clinical process with the intention of initiating a clinical trial against highly resistant A. Baumannaii infections. We're delighted to be able to take this next step in the development of these game-changing compounds for animal health."


Anifera was officially launched last September.


- Stonehaven Incubate