Cytoki Pharma is a pre-clinical biotechnology company with focus on serious diseases caused by epithelial injury having an unmet medical need. Cytoki’s lead program is an engineered long-acting IL-22 protein licensed from a major pharmaceutical company.
A correctly functioning immune system is essential for keeping us healthy in the multitude of challenges our organism encounters. Numerous medicines are based on principles that activate or deactivate key proteins in the immune system in a disease context. IL-22 is a key cytokine (a class of proteins released from immune cells) in securing the survival and repair after an injury. It is the immune system’s “Survive and Recover” signal to the tissue. Our lead program is harnessing the power of IL-22, in treatment of organ injuries, through a modified IL-22 protein engineered to have optimal pharmaceutical properties.
Cytoki was founded in 2019 and received the first seed financing from Lundbeckfonden Emerge in July 2019. In 2021 Cytoki raised a series A from a syndicate of strong international investors, Lundbeckfonden Emerge, Seventure Partners, +ND Capital and Ysios Capital. The company has strong focus on progressing the lead program to clinical testing with start of Phase 1 in late 2022. At the same time, CytoKi is maturing a small, diversified portfolio of projects for diseases involving epithelial injury based on IL-22 biology and a highly proven technology for protein engineering. The company is run in a capital efficient way with a small, experienced team coordinating activities performed at selected service providers.