Fungal landscape

Fungi on the rise

Rare and potentially severe fungal infections are on the rise—and our current therapeutic options may not be enough.1

Increases in the use of immunosuppressant agents, antifungal resistance, and climate change allow fungal pathogens to survive in unlikely conditions and build resistance against our defenses.1 As modern medicine advances, these fungi unlock more ways to access and exploit both healthy individuals and those who are immunocompromised.1

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Our fungi focus

In 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a Fungal Priority Pathogens List (FPPL) based on antifungal resistance, deaths, annual incidence, and other clinical factors.1 Our team aims to target some of the fungi on the FPPL, including Aspergillus fumigatus, Coccidioides species, and rare molds.

WHO Fungal Priority Pathogens List1

Critical groupCryptococcus neoformansCandida aurorasAspergillus fumigatusCandida albicans
High groupNakaseomyces glabrata (Candida glabrata)Histoplasma spp.Eumycetoma causative agentsMucoralesFusarium spp.Candida tropicalisCandida parapsilosis
Medium group Scedosporium spp.Lomentospora prolificansCoccidioides spp.Pichia kudriavzevii (Candida krusei)Cryptococcus gattiiTalaromyces marneffeiPneumocystis jiroveciiParacoccidioides spp.

Aspergillus is one of the most common causes of death due to invasive fungal infections in severely immunocompromised patients, with mortality rates reaching up to 50%.2

A therapeutic battle

Immunocompromised patients are already struggling with their underlying conditions, and the addition of an invasive fungal infection can become one more formidable obstacle.

The existing classes of antifungal agents can have limitations. Some of these therapies present significant drug-drug interactions, toxicity, and side effects that some patients may find intolerable.3,4 As fungi continue to adapt to our defense mechanisms, available therapies may continue to fall short. There is a need for innovation to overcome these obstacles and help patients in their fight against invasive fungal infections.

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Another way forward

For more than two decades, our team has witnessed the devastating public health threat that invasive fungal infections can pose for both healthy and immunocompromised individuals. We believed that there must be an alternative way to treat these patients—so we set out to create one.

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