Patents by Inventor Taichi Kuramochi

Taichi Kuramochi has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20240239906
    Abstract: The present inventors provide methods for modifying the isoelectric point of an antibody while retaining its antigen-binding activity, comprising modifying the charge of at least one exposable amino acid residue on the surface of the complementarity determining region (CDR). The present invention also provides methods for purifying multispecific antibodies, comprising modifying isoelectric point, and methods for improving the plasma pharmacokinetics of antibodies, comprising modifying isoelectric point. The present invention further provides antibodies with a modified isoelectric point, pharmaceutical compositions comprising the antibodies as an active ingredient, and methods for producing the antibodies and compositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2024
    Publication date: July 18, 2024
    Applicant: Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Igawa, Hiroyuki Tsunoda, Tatsuhiko Tachibana, Taichi ` Kuramochi
  • Publication number: 20240190976
    Abstract: The present inventors provide methods for modifying the isoelectric point of an antibody while retaining its antigen-binding activity, comprising modifying the charge of at least one exposable amino acid residue on the surface of the complementarity determining region (CDR). The present invention also provides methods for purifying multispecific antibodies, comprising modifying isoelectric point, and methods for improving the plasma pharmacokinetics of antibodies, comprising modifying isoelectric point. The present invention further provides antibodies with a modified isoelectric point, pharmaceutical compositions comprising the antibodies as an active ingredient, and methods for producing the antibodies and compositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2024
    Publication date: June 13, 2024
    Applicant: Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Igawa, Hiroyuki Tsunoda, Tatsuhiko Tachibana, Taichi Kuramochi
  • Publication number: 20240117059
    Abstract: The present invention provides: a modified FcRn-binding domain having an enhanced affinity for the Fc Receptor neonatal (FcRn) at neutral pH; an antigen-binding molecule comprising said FcRn-binding domain, which has low immunogenicity, high stability and form only a few aggregates; a modified antigen-binding molecule having an increased FcRn-binding activity at neutral or acidic pH without an increased binding activity at neutral pH for a pre-existing anti-drug antibody; use of the antigen-binding molecules for improving antigen-binding molecule-mediated antigen uptake into cells; use of the antigen-binding molecules for reducing the plasma concentration of a specific antigen; use of the modified FcRn-binding domain for increasing the total number of antigens to which a single antigen-binding molecule can bind before its degradation; use of the modified FcRn-binding domain for improving pharmacokinetics of an antigen-binding molecule; methods for decreasing the binding activity for a pre-existing anti-drug a
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2023
    Publication date: April 11, 2024
    Applicant: Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Igawa, Atsuhiko Maeda, Futa Mimoto, Taichi Kuramochi
  • Patent number: 11851476
    Abstract: It was found that association between CH1 and CL can be suppressed by substituting amino acids that exist on the interface between CH1 and CL with electrically-charged amino acids, and that formation of heterogeneous molecules is enabled more efficiently than by introducing knobs into holes mutations into CH3 domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taichi Kuramochi, Meiri Kawazoe, Naoka Hironiwa, Tomoyuki Igawa
  • Publication number: 20230257470
    Abstract: The present invention demonstrated that the modification of the Fc region of an antigen-binding molecule into an Fc region that does not form in a neutral pH range a heterotetramer complex containing two molecules of FcRn and an active Fc? receptor improved the pharmacokinetics of the antigen-binding molecule and reduced the immune response to the antigen-binding molecule. The present invention also revealed methods for producing antigen-binding molecules having the properties described above, and successfully demonstrated that pharmaceutical compositions containing as an active ingredient such an antigen-binding molecule or an antigen-binding molecule produced by a production method of the present invention have excellent features over conventional antigen-binding molecules in that when administered, they exhibit improved pharmacokinetics and reduced in vivo immune response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2023
    Publication date: August 17, 2023
    Applicant: Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Igawa, Atsuhiko Maeda, Kenta Haraya, Yuki Iwayanagi, Tatsuhiko Tachibana, Futa Mimoto, Taichi Kuramochi, Hitoshi Katada, Shojiro Kadono
  • Patent number: 11718678
    Abstract: The present invention demonstrated that the modification of the Fc region of an antigen-binding molecule into an Fc region that does not form in a neutral pH range a heterotetramer complex containing two molecules of FcRn and an active Fc? receptor improved the pharmacokinetics of the antigen-binding molecule and reduced the immune response to the antigen-binding molecule. The present invention also revealed methods for producing antigen-binding molecules having the properties described above, and successfully demonstrated that pharmaceutical compositions containing as an active ingredient such an antigen-binding molecule or an antigen-binding molecule produced by a production method of the present invention have excellent features over conventional antigen-binding molecules in that when administered, they exhibit improved pharmacokinetics and reduced in vivo immune response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Igawa, Atsuhiko Maeda, Kenta Haraya, Yuki Iwayanagi, Tatsuhiko Tachibana, Futa Mimoto, Taichi Kuramochi, Hitoshi Katada, Shojiro Kadono
  • Publication number: 20230183363
    Abstract: The present inventors successfully obtained anti-NR10 antibodies having an effective neutralizing activity against NR10. The anti-NR10 antibodies provided by the present invention are useful as, for example, pharmaceuticals for treating or preventing inflammatory diseases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2022
    Publication date: June 15, 2023
    Applicant: Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taichi Kuramochi, Keiko Kasutani, Souhei Ohyama, Hiroyuki Tsunoda, Tomoyuki Igawa, Tatsuhiko Tachibana, Hirotake Shiraiwa, Keiko Esaki
  • Publication number: 20230174655
    Abstract: An objective of the present invention is to provide a polypeptide containing an Fc region having maintained or decreased binding activities towards both allotypes of Fc?RIIa, types H and R, and having enhanced Fc?RIIb-binding activity in comparison with a parent polypeptide; a pharmaceutical composition containing the polypeptide; an agent for treating or preventing immunological inflammatory diseases that includes the pharmaceutical composition; a production method thereof; and a method for maintaining or decreasing binding activities towards both allotypes of Fc?RIIa and enhancing the Fc?RIIb-binding activity. Specifically, it is found that a polypeptide containing an antibody Fc region that has an alteration of substituting Pro at position 238 (EU numbering) with Asp or Leu at position 328 (EU numbering) with Glu enhances Fc?RIIb-binding activity, and maintains or decreases binding activities towards both allotypes of Fc?RIIa, types H and R.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2022
    Publication date: June 8, 2023
    Applicant: Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Futa Mimoto, Taichi Kuramochi, Tomoyuki Igawa, Hitoshi Katada, Shojiro Kadono
  • Publication number: 20220389105
    Abstract: The present inventors provide methods for modifying the isoelectric point of an antibody while retaining its antigen-binding activity, comprising modifying the charge of at least one exposable amino acid residue on the surface of the complementarity determining region (CDR). The present invention also provides methods for purifying multispecific antibodies, comprising modifying isoelectric point, and methods for improving the plasma pharmacokinetics of antibodies, comprising modifying isoelectric point. The present invention further provides antibodies with a modified isoelectric point, pharmaceutical compositions comprising the antibodies as an active ingredient, and methods for producing the antibodies and compositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2022
    Publication date: December 8, 2022
    Applicant: Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Igawa, Hiroyuki Tsunoda, Tatsuhiko Tachibana, Taichi Kuramochi
  • Patent number: 11454633
    Abstract: The disclosure provides anti-myostatin antibodies and methods of making and using the same. Nucleic acids encoding the anti-myostatin antibodies and host cells comprising the nucleic acids are also provided. The anti-myostatin antibodies have uses that include treating a muscle wasting disease, reducing body fat accumulation, and increasing mass and strength of muscle tissue. The disclosure also provides polypeptides containing a variant Fc region and methods of making and using the same. Nucleic acids encoding the polypeptides and host cells comprising the nucleic acids are also provided. The polypeptides have uses that include suppressing the activation of immune cells; treating an immunological inflammatory disease, autoimmune disease, or viral infection; and increasing muscle mass and strength or reducing body fat accumulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinao Ruike, Taichi Kuramochi, Hiroyasu Muramatsu, Atsunori Ueyama, Tomoyuki Igawa, Hitoshi Katada, Yuji Hori
  • Publication number: 20220275076
    Abstract: The invention provides anti-myostatin antibodies and methods of using the same. In some embodiments, an isolated anti-myostatin antibody of the present invention binds to mature myostatin, and uptake of the antibody into cells is enhanced when complexed with the antigen. The invention also provides isolated nucleic acids encoding an anti-myostatin antibody of the present invention. The invention also provides host cells comprising a nucleic acid of the present invention. The invention also provides a method of producing an antibody comprising culturing a host cell of the present invention so that the antibody is produced. Anti-myostatin antibodies of the present invention may be for use as a medicament. Anti-myostatin antibodies of the present invention may be for use in treating a muscle wasting disease. Anti-myostatin antibodies of the present invention may be for use in increasing mass of muscle tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2022
    Publication date: September 1, 2022
    Applicant: Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinao RUIKE, Taichi KURAMOCHI
  • Publication number: 20220242934
    Abstract: The present inventors have successfully prepared an antibody Fc region dimer that has binding activity against each of an antigen and Fc?R, but does not bind to the antigen and the Fc?R at the same time, and a polypeptide comprising the Fc region dimer. The present invention enables the preparation of a multispecific binding polypeptide capable of avoiding an adverse reaction that may be caused by its binding to an antigen and Fc?R at the same time. Thus, the present invention provides a polypeptide suitable as a drug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2021
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Applicant: Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Igawa, Naoka Hironiwa, Shojiro Kadono, Atsushi Matsuo, Taichi Kuramochi, Futa Mimoto
  • Patent number: 11359009
    Abstract: The invention provides anti-myostatin antibodies and methods of using the same. In some embodiments, an isolated anti-myostatin antibody of the present invention binds to mature myostatin, and uptake of the antibody into cells is enhanced when complexed with the antigen. The invention also provides isolated nucleic acids encoding an anti-myostatin antibody of the present invention. The invention also provides host cells comprising a nucleic acid of the present invention. The invention also provides a method of producing an antibody comprising culturing a host cell of the present invention so that the antibody is produced. Anti-myostatin antibodies of the present invention may be for use as a medicament. Anti-myostatin antibodies of the present invention may be for use in treating a muscle wasting disease. Anti-myostatin antibodies of the present invention may be for use in increasing mass of muscle tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinao Ruike, Taichi Kuramochi
  • Publication number: 20220064264
    Abstract: By altering amino acid sequences, the present inventors successfully produced constant regions that can confer antibodies with particularly favorable properties for pharmaceutical agents. When used to produce antibodies, the altered constant regions produced according to the present invention significantly reduce heterogeneity. Specifically, the antibody homogeneity can be achieved by using antibody heavy chain and light chain constant regions introduced with alterations provided by the present invention. More specifically, the alterations can prevent the loss of homogeneity of antibody molecules due to disulfide bond differences in the heavy chain. Furthermore, in a preferred embodiment, the present invention can improve antibody pharmacokinetics as well as prevent the loss of homogeneity due to C-terminal deletion in antibody constant region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Applicant: Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Igawa, Taichi Kuramochi, Atsuhiko Maeda, Hirotake Shiraiwa
  • Patent number: 11248053
    Abstract: The present inventors provide methods for modifying the isoelectric point of an antibody while retaining its antigen-binding activity, comprising modifying the charge of at least one exposable amino acid residue on the surface of the complementarity determining region (CDR). The present invention also provides methods for purifying multispecific antibodies, comprising modifying isoelectric point, and methods for improving the plasma pharmacokinetics of antibodies, comprising modifying isoelectric point. The present invention further provides antibodies with a modified isoelectric point, pharmaceutical compositions comprising the antibodies as an active ingredient, and methods for producing the antibodies and compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Igawa, Hiroyuki Tsunoda, Tatsuhiko Tachibana, Taichi Kuramochi
  • Publication number: 20220041756
    Abstract: By replacing the antigen-binding domain, the present inventors discovered novel polypeptide complexes that retain BiTE's strong anti-tumor activity and excellent safety properties, as well as have long half-life in blood and can damage various different target cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Inventors: Junichi Nezu, Takahiro Ishiguro, Atsushi Narita, Akihisa Sakamoto, Yumiko Kawai, Tomoyuki Igawa, Taichi Kuramochi
  • Patent number: 11142563
    Abstract: The present inventors have successfully prepared an antibody Fc region dimer that has binding activity against each of an antigen and Fc?R, but does not bind to the antigen and the Fc?R at the same time, and a polypeptide comprising the Fc region dimer. The present invention enables the preparation of a multispecific binding polypeptide capable of avoiding an adverse reaction that may be caused by its binding to an antigen and Fc?R at the same time. Thus, the present invention provides a polypeptide suitable as a drug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Igawa, Naoka Hironiwa, Shojiro Kadono, Atsushi Matsuo, Taichi Kuramochi, Futa Mimoto
  • Publication number: 20210221875
    Abstract: The present invention provides a polypeptide comprising an antigen binding domain which binds to an antigen present in cartilage tissue, and also provides use of the polypeptide. The polypeptide of the invention is useful for penetrating and/or retaining a desired substance in the cartilage tissue for a long period. The present invention further relates to a polypeptide comprising (i) an antigen binding domain which binds to a molecule in a cartilage tissue, and (ii) a carrying moiety having an inhibiting domain that inhibits the antigen binding activity of the antigen binding domain, and having a longer half-life than that of the antigen binding domain existing alone, and a pharmaceutical composition comprising the polypeptide. The present invention further relates to methods for producing and screening for the polypeptide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Inventors: Hidetomo KITAMURA, Maiko HOSHINO, Yang SUN, Taichi KURAMOCHI, Wenjie TU, Tomoyuki IGAWA, Naoka HIRONIWA, Yuki NOGUCHI
  • Patent number: 11066483
    Abstract: By replacing the antigen-binding domain, the present inventors discovered novel polypeptide complexes that retain BiTE's strong anti-tumor activity and excellent safety properties, as well as have long half-life in blood and can damage various different target cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junichi Nezu, Takahiro Ishiguro, Atsushi Narita, Akihisa Sakamoto, Yumiko Kawai, Tomoyuki Igawa, Taichi Kuramochi
  • Publication number: 20210032365
    Abstract: The invention provides anti-C1s antibodies and methods of using the same. The affinities of the antibodies to C1s depend on pH and other conditions. The invention also provides pharmaceutical formulations comprising the antibodies, and methods of treating an individual having a complement-mediated disease or disorder comprising administering the antibody to the individual. In addition, the binding affinity of the antibody at high and low pH was measured, and mice PK study was conducted on the antibodies, and pharmacokinetics parameters of the antibodies were evaluated in this application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Shu FENG, Taichi KURAMOCHI, Masaru MURAOKA, Noriyuki TAKAHASHI