NexImmune Announces Workforce Reduction to Enable Continued AIMTM Nanoparticle Platform Development Strategy
- Company retains core capabilities to continue to advance its nanoparticle injection (AIM INJ) platform and potential product candidates in oncology and autoimmune diseases
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Aug. 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NexImmune, Inc. a biotechnology company developing a novel approach to immunotherapy designed to orchestrate a targeted immune response by directing the function of antigen-specific T cells in oncology, autoimmune and infectious diseases, today announced that, in order to reduce its cash expenditures while continuing to pursue its existing strategic plan, its Board of Directors approved and its management is implementing an approximately 53% reduction in workforce, designed to reduce costs and extend the Company’s cash. The realignment will reduce the Company’s workforce from 47 to 22 full-time employees as of September 5, 2023.
“We continue to make significant progress in generating important, validating pre-clinical data for our off-the-shelf multi-antigen-specific T cell-directing products,” said Kristi Jones, NexImmune’s CEO. “The workforce reduction protects our core capabilities to advance novel therapeutic candidates and our multiplex validation of functional antigen-specific T cell responses while giving us additional flexibility to manage our business.”
Jones continued: “The ability of our nanoparticles to direct T cell function has been validated in preclinical studies, not only by NexImmune, but also by our collaborators at leading institutions and other outside experts. This validation underscores the significance of our technology and its potential to unlock new possibilities in the field of immuno-oncology and other disease areas.”
“I want to express my sincere gratitude for the incredible work and dedication of our departing employees, whose contributions have been invaluable, and to the entire team for their dedication to our mission to deliver meaningful benefit to patients.”
In connection with the workforce reduction, John Trainer, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, will depart the Company effective as of September 2, 2023. Mr. Trainer will transition to providing consulting and advisory services to the Company pursuant to a consulting agreement.
NexImmune is developing novel approach to immunotherapy designed to employ the body’s own T cells to generate a specific, potent, and durable immune response. The backbone of NexImmune’s approach is a proprietary Artificial Immune Modulation (AIM™) nanoparticle technology platform. The AIM technology enables NexImmune to construct nanoparticles that function as synthetic dendritic cells capable of directing a specific T cell-mediated immune response. AIM constructed nanoparticles employ natural biology to engage, activate and expand endogenous T cells in ways that combine anti-tumor attributes of antigen-specific precision, potency and long-term persistence with reduced potential for off-target toxicities. NexImmune is focused on developing injectable AIM nanoparticle constructs and modalities for potential clinical evaluation in oncology, autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases.
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Chad Rubin, SVP Corporate Affairs