We all harbor and spread respiratory viruses. Moreover, we are often in the dark when initial infection & transmission occurs. This is something we have seen in recent years: for both influenza and covid, we have a very real problem of asymptomatic spread.
This is why at Leyden Labs, we want to stop infections early on, at the very gate through which they enter. In the case of respiratory viruses: the nasal mucosa.
Our company is developing nasal sprays containing antibodies that target respiratory viruses in the nasal mucosa. These sprays aim to:
With our products, we fight viruses where they fight us, to prepare us for future endemic and pandemic threats.
our new Approach
Our products are built upon a strong scientific platform that is anchored by two pillars: harnessing mucosal immunity and broad protection.
Our nasal sprays deliver antibodies directly to the nasal mucosa to provide the user with immediate anti-viral protection. Our work is supported by a growing body of evidence suggesting that mucosal delivery of some antibodies can provide more effective protection compared to systemic administration. Once antibodies are at the nasal mucosa, they can efficiently target invading virus particles, and harness our immune systems.
However, the nasal mucosa is a complex environment that has a variety of cell types, biomolecules and other particles that we breathe in on a daily basis. New technologies are helping us optimize the administration of intranasally-delivered antibodies. At Leyden Labs, we are experts on antibody modification for mucosal administration and partner with leading intranasal formulation & device companies.
Respiratory viruses show high rates of evolution, such that viral proteins continuously acquire new mutations. This can lead to the generation of viral variants that are capable of escaping the immune response induced by prior infection and/or vaccination. Therefore, antiviral therapies that are under development must provide lasting protection to avoid becoming obsolete with the arrival of new viral strains.
This is why we choose to develop active substances that target regions that lend themselves to lasting protection. It allows us to protect against multiple strains and entire virus families, including existing variants – and possibly, new viruses that might arise in the future.
Our inspiration is CR9114 – the most broadly-neutralizing antibody identified to date. The discovery of CR9114 was led by our Chief Scientific Officer Jaap Goudsmit more than 10 years ago. In a recent article published in Frontiers in Virology, our team dives into the extensive research surrounding CR9114’s unique breadth and mechanisms of protection against influenza A & B. (Check out more of Leyden Lab’s research outputs on the Publications tab).
We are working towards accessible and self-administrable products for autonomous protection. For our lead program PanFlu™, we have an exclusive license to develop and commercialize our lead compound. PanFlu™ is currently being tested in clinical trials.
The city of Leiden (The Netherlands) inspired our name. For centuries, Leiden is known for unconventional thinking, the freedom to express this openly and scientific breakthroughs such as the first publications of Galileo’s famous Discorsi.
Our team of energetic, experienced and curious people is ready to go beyond to accomplish our mission. We strive for a fantastic life for all people. We aim for the highest, think unconventionally and focus relentlessly on delivering the impossible. In our team trust, integrity and inclusiveness are a given.
Meet our fantastic team. Together, we work towards our mission of freeing you from viruses.
Chief Business Officer
Our Supervisory Board
Founder and Chair of the Supervisory Board
John Martin (In memoriam)
Former CEO Gilead Sciences
Onno van de Stolpe
Former CEO Galapagos.
Former CMO GSK and Global Head of Development at Novartis
Professor in Pediatrics and Microbiology, Medicine and Neurosurgery at University of Alabama
Pharm.D., Chief Executive Officer of Xilio Therapeutics
General Partner GV
President and Managing Partner F-Prime Capital
Chief Investment Officer and Founder Casdin Capital
join our mission
At Leyden Labs, we want to free humanity from the burden of respiratory viruses to let people live life to the fullest. We are moving fast and growing quickly. Are you interested in contributing?
We work closely together with academics, commercial researchers and other commercial parties to further develop our business.
We aim to prepare society for future pandemics and are keen to help governments and institutions do so.
We are open to discussions with interested investors.
We are growing quickly and always looking for the best people to work with.
Leyden Laboratories B.V.
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