Oslo, Norway, 25 May 2023 – Reference is made to the announcement on 19 April 2023 regarding the change of the company’s name from Targovax ASA to Circio Holding ASA. The new name has now been registered in the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises. In connection with the change of name, the company will also change its ticker symbol on Oslo Stock Exchange from “TRVX” to “CRNA”.
For further information, please contact:
Erik Digman Wiklund, CEO
Phone: +47 413 33 536
Renate Birkeli, Investor Relations
Phone: +47 922 61 624
Andreas Tinglum – Corporate Communications (Norway)
Phone: +47 9300 1773
Building next generation RNA therapeutics
Circio Holding ASA is a biotechnology company developing novel circular RNA and immunotherapy medicines.
Building on deep experience in RNA biology, immunotherapy and viral vector engineering, Circio has established a unique circular RNA (circRNA) platform to develop novel circRNA medicines for cancer, vaccines, protein replacement for genetic disorders and cell therapy. The proprietary circVec technology is based on a modular genetic cassette design for efficient biogenesis of multifunctional circRNA from DNA-based vectors that can be deployed for multiple purposes. The most advanced therapeutic concept, circAde, builds on the company´s experience in oncolytic viruses to use engineered adenoviruses for delivery of circRNA to cancer cells. This unique approach is the only currently known circRNA program targeting solid tumors. Circio´s strategy is to develop novel circAde cancer medicines in-house and seek partnerships in other therapeutic areas to demonstrate the broad potential of the circVec platform and accelerate our circRNA pipeline development. The circRNA R&D activities are being conducted by the wholly owned subsidiary Circio AB based at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
Circio´s clinical immunotherapy programs are designed to activate the patient´s own immune system to fight cancer cells and provide benefit to patients with no or few treatment alternatives. Lead candidate ONCOS-102 is an oncolytic adenovirus (AdV5) carrying a genetic cassette for mRNA-based expression of the cytokine GM-CSF, designed to selectively target cancer cells and drive an anti-tumor immune response. ONCOS-102 has demonstrated an excellent safety profile, strong immune responses and clinical efficacy in several cancer types in Phase 1/2 studies, both as monotherapy and in combinations with checkpoint inhibitors or standard-of-care chemotherapy. Circio is aiming to progress ONCOS-102 into a phase 2 trial in melanoma patients resistant to PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor treatment, subject to additional external financing and/or partnerships to support the program.
Circio’s second clinical stage program is an immunotherapy targeting KRAS driver mutations. Lead candidate TG01 has previously shown robust immune responses and encouraging clinical benefit in surgically resected pancreatic cancer, and is currently being tested in two clinical trials in RAS-mutated pancreatic cancer and multiple myeloma in the USA and Norway. These studies are being run through industry and academic collaborative networks, supported by prestigious research grants from Innovation Norway and the Norwegian Research Council, creating broad future optionality for the TG01 program at low cost to Circio.