BLACKSBURG, VA, June 15, 2017 – Last Friday more than 600 people heard a message of hope and inspiration from Dr. Josep Bassaganya-Riera, founder of Landos Biopharma, Inc. (LANDOS) who presented his TEDx talk about the sparks of inspiration that led to the discoveries of new pathways, including the lanthionine synthetase C-like 2 (LANCL2) pathway, to treatment for millions suffering from autoimmune diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) throughout the world. Bassaganya-Riera spoke at the Moss Center for the Arts about the moment of inspiration that set him on a new life journey, in line with the theme of the evening, “Spark.”

“How many of us have shunned, rejected or ignored medication because, ‘the treatment is worse than the disease?’” asked Bassaganya-Riera. “How many of us have taken anti-inflammatory drugs only to experience side effects as bad as our disease symptoms?” He explained to the audience that things are about to change in the area of treatment for diseases of the gut. Breakthroughs in precision medicine and health now in development at LANDOS, the company Bassaganya-Riera founded in order to bring his discoveries to the public, will soon change the experiences of those of us suffering from inflammatory diseases. And, these changes will profoundly transform the global autoimmune disease drug development landscape forever.

Bassaganya-Riera’s TEDx talk, Accelerated Path to Cures, outlined the future of precision medicine and health for inflammatory diseases with unmet clinical needs such as IBD with its two clinical manifestations: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

For Bassaganya-Riera, there have been many sparks in his long scientific career, but the two he discussed during his talk are the application of nutritional immunology to help address unmet clinical needs for safer and more effective treatments, and the application of transdisciplinary computational modeling methods to dissect and comprehend complex massively interacting biological systems such as the immune system and the gut.

Bassaganya-Riera’s team used modeling approaches to identify a new therapeutic target for IBD—LANCL2. Next, Landos developed a new drug, known as BT-11 to pharmacologically engage the receptor and elicit anti-inflammatory responses in the gut. LANCL2 activation by BT-11 intercepts IBD at two levels: by decreasing the production of inflammatory mediators and increasing anti-inflammatory molecules in the gut.

Dr. Bassaganya-Riera explained how artificial intelligence approaches are taking his team one step closer to the next generation of human clinical trials, enabling smarter, faster, more accurate and precise decisions. Using avatars of Crohn’s disease patients, modeling large-scale clinical information on the electronic health records with 32 PB for a 4-year patient, demographic information and immunological data, they have tested new drugs through computer simulations before the drug is tested in humans.

“With LANDOS, we have embarked on a journey to cure not only the disease and discomfort caused by IBD but to cure the inefficiency of the drug development process in the autoimmune disease space,” said Bassaganya-Riera. “In the next few months we will finalize investigational new drug-enabling studies and initiate human clinical testing of BT-11, Landos’ lead clinical asset for IBD.”

About Landos Biopharma, Inc.

Landos Biopharma, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of first-in-class oral therapeutics for patients with autoimmune diseases. Landos’ lead clinical asset, BT-11, is a novel, oral, locally-acting small molecule targeting the Lanthionine Synthetase C-Like 2 (LANCL2) pathway in the gastrointestinal tract

for treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and is in Phase 1 clinical testing for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Landos also has a robust pipeline of compounds for other autoimmune diseases. For more information, please visit or contact or follow us @Landosbio.

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