Poolbeg Pharma announced that it has received a Notice of Allowance from the US Patent Office in relation to its Immunomodulator II patent application. A Notice of Allowance is a precursor to the expected formal grant of a patent in due course. POLB 001, a potent and selective Phase II-ready p38 MAP kinase inhibitor (mitogen-activated protein kinase), has strong potential across multiple disease areas.

This encompasses Cytokine storm induced in any disease indication. Poolbeg is actively building a comprehensive IP portfolio, with patents in place covering p38 MAP kinase inhibitors for the treatment of severe influenza; and covering POLB 001 for the treatment of hypercytokinaemia. Further patent applications have been filed and have complementary coverage as the Company continues to expand its patent portfolio covering POLB 001 and the wider class of p38 MAP kinase inhibitors, particularly in respect of cancer immunotherapies, thereby enhancing the value and attractiveness of POLB 001 to potential Pharma partners.