Red Blood Cell Nanosponge (RBC-NS)
At Cellics, one red blood cell is more than merely a cell, but thousands of RBC-NS. Our potent RBC-NS has the membrane lipids and receptors that a normal red blood cell has, however, the high surface-volume ratio of the RBC-NS allows it to act as a decoy. This characteristic allows the RBC-NS to bind and neutralize toxins, auto-antibodies, and bacterial infections.
One of the bacterial infections that RBC-NS can address is Methicillin Resistance Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). The pore-forming toxins emitted by MRSA can be effectively absorbed and neutralized by RBC-NS. Cellics’ drug candidate CTI-005 is for the treatment of MRSA Pneumonia and has received IND allowance. This important milestone validates and de-risks the Cellular Nanosponge platform.