Our Science

EVADER™ Platform Technology

a new approach to gene therapy that builds on current technology

EVADER(tm) with parts labeled, including: current AAV gene therapies, protective barrier that shields AAV from neutralizing antibodies to treat more patients, and potent immune suppressors that prevents new antibody and t-cell activation to allow repeat doses

EVADER™ effectively cloaks the current standard-of-care capsid (AAV) to overcome current treatment challenges.

Potentially Effective for More Patients

Hope for Adults with Prior Exposure to AAV

Today, up to 50% of all adults can’t be treated due to prior exposure to the gene therapy virus. Our therapy shows resistance to neutralizing antibodies so that EVADER products can potentially treat these patients.

Addresses the One‑Dose Limit

Most gene therapies lose effectiveness over time—as the cells with modified DNA become diluted or die—but immune response to the first dose prevents re-dosing. With EVADER, re-dosing is possible.

Expected to be Safer

Our therapy should be easily tolerated and potentially given at lower doses to increase safety.

Offering Hope for Children

Children aren’t currently treated for many diseases because the treatment will not be durable. With safe and effective EVADER therapies, additional doses are possible.

Fighting More Types of Diseases

Our EVADER platform technology can be customized for a variety of payloads, for example, gene replacement or gene editing. Repeat dosing potentially enables us to target growing organs or rapidly dividing tissues.

Our current focus is:

More Cost Effective to Develop and Deliver

The platform technology can be mobilized to target many types of genetic disorders.

Any capsid serotype can be turned into an EVADER™ vector using similar manufacturing methods, thus maintaining target tissue specificities.

 

Initial nonclinical and in vivo results indicate at least a ten-fold increase in potency.

Our potent treatment can potentially be given at lower doses, which could provide lower production cost per systemic dose.

 

Manufacturing can leverage existing cGMP manufacturing for gene and cell therapies.

EVADER structure is similar to other types of gene therapy vectors on the market and used in clinic.  Commercially available products include:

AAV for Gene Replacement Therapy

examples of AAV for Gene Replacement Therapy

Oncolytic Herpes Simplex Virus for Melanoma

example of Oncolytic Herpes Simplex Virus for Melanoma

Lentiviruses for Ex-Vivo Cell Therapy

examples of Lentiviruses for Ex-Vivo Cell Therapy

Compelling Competitive Advantages

Fast Track to Proof of Concept

Our partnership with Mitopath provides a nonclinical package with standard AAV to rapidly move towards testing EVADER™ gene therapy delivery with identified MNGIE patients.

Sustainable Lead with Protected Intellectual Property

EVADER™ technology is based on intellectual property owned by Chameleon Biosciences and is further protected by issued IP of Chameleon co-founder Casey Maguire at Massachusetts General Hospital covering enveloped AAV.

Publications

Our work is supported by peer-reviewed research.

Scalable Purification Method for Enveloped AAV

by Dr. Casey Maguire, Chameleon Biosciences co-founder, and Collaborators:

Neutralizing antibody evasion and transduction with purified extracellular vesicle-enveloped AAV vectors (2021)

Engineered exosomes reduce immune activation

by M Poggio et al:

Suppression of Exosomal PD-L1 Induces Systemic Anti-tumor Immunity and Memory (2019)

Rescue of hearing using Ex-AAV1 (enveloped AAV1)

shown by Dr. Casey Maguire lab:

Rescue of Hearing by Gene Delivery to Inner-Ear Hair Cells Using Exosome-Associated AAV (2017)

Enveloped AAV with AAV6 & AAV9 for gene delivery to the brain

researched in the lab of Nathalie Cartier by Nicola Salvatore Orefice et al:

Real-Time Monitoring of Exosome Enveloped-AAV Spreading by Endomicroscopy Approach: A New Tool for Gene Delivery in the Brain (2019)

Advantages of Enveloped AAV over standard AAV

discovered by Chameleon Biosciences co-founder Dr. Casey Maguire and collaborators at Harvard University:

Enhanced liver gene transfer and evasion of preexisting humoral immunity with exosome-enveloped AAV vectors (2017)

Partnerships

Mitopath logoChameleon Biosciences is pleased to be partnering with Mitopath to advance treatment for patients living with MNGIE (Mitochondrial NeuroGastroIntestinal Encephalomyopathy).

Partner Opportunities

We are open to exploring other potential research collaborations or co-development.