The NIMA program aims to generate drug candidates for the treatment of solid tumors.
An important aspect of the development of a tumor is that the cancer cells can affect their environment to facilitate the growth of the tumor. This environment is called the tumor microenvironment and differs from the environment around the healthy cells in the body. The ability of cancer cells to reprogram the healthy cells present in the tumor facilitates tumor growth and can inhibit the body’s immune system.
The NIMA program focuses on a target protein that produces metabolites that are important for this reprogramming of the tumor’s microenvironment. Sprint Bioscience develops inhibitors of this target protein to restore balance and thereby prevent the growth of cancer cells while increasing the immune system’s ability to attack them. High levels of the current target protein have been found in tumors from, amongst others, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer. Patients with high levels of this protein have a poorer prognosis