Restore in hemato-oncology:
MaaT Pharma’s therapies for the treatment of acute Graft-vs-host-Disease and the prevention of side-effects of HSCT (hematopoietic stem cell transplantation) aim to restore healthy microbiome functions to correct the impact of stressors such as antibiotics, chemotherapies.
Pioneering a full-ecosystem approach
We are developing a novel class of microbiome therapies
to address severe medical need in oncology.
MaaT Pharma’s pipeline leverages two approaches:
Restore in hemato-oncology:
Restore & modulate in immuno-oncology:
MaaT Pharma’s therapies for the treatment of solid tumors aim to restore and modulate the microbiome to improve patient’s response to immune checkpoint inhibitors.
MaaT013: Treating acute Graft-vs-host-Disease
MaaT013 is currently being investigated in a pivotal Phase 3 trial (ARES) in patients with acute Graft-versus-Host-Disease with gastrointestinal involvement (GI-aGvHD) who are refractory to both steroids, the standard of care first-line treatment, and to ruxolitinib used as a second-line treatment.
ARES is the first Phase 3 trial globally for a microbiome-based therapy in hemato-oncology.
– Clinical Trial. gov : NCT04769895
– Press release announcing the first patient dosed in Phase 3 clinical trial ARES
MaaT033: Improving survival in patients receiving allo-HSCT
The unmet need
Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (allo-HCT) is a potentially life-saving procedure for people suffering from blood cancers such as acute myeloid leukemia.
Although potentially life-saving, allo-HCT can be associated with severe complications, such as severe infections, graft-vs-host-disease, neutropenia, contributing to a mortality rate of 34% after 1 year6 in patients over 50 years of age receiving allo-HCT.
MaaT033 for improving outcomes in patients receiving allo-HCT
Antibiotic and chemotherapy-derived loss of gut diversity is predictive of mortality in allo-HCT patients, as well as graft-vs-host-disease occurrence and infection.2 3 4 7
MaaT033 is a an oral, donor-derived, standardized, high-richness, high-diversity microbiome ecosystem therapies, for ambulatory use, containing ButycoreTM , a group of bacterial species known to produce anti-inflammatory short-chain-fatty acid.
In June 2022, MaaT Pharma reported positive results for MaaT033 in Phase 1b clinical trial for patients with acute myeloid leukemia including a good microbiome engraftment and engraftment persistence, together with a satisfactory safety profile for its second drug-candidate. Data support the selection of a recommended dose for further development and the preparation of upcoming Phase 2b trial, later in the year, to evaluate MaaT033 as an adjunctive and maintenance treatment in patients with hematological malignancies receiving allogenic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation).
- Restoration of the full richness and diversity of a healthy microbiome and production of immune-regulating short-chain-fatty-acids known to upregulate Treg cells activity, in order to restore immune homeostasis,
- Restoration of the gut barrier, to prevent infections, especially those related to multi-drug-resistant bacteria (MDRB)
MaaT033 to restore gut microbiome richness and diversity for patients with ALS
The unmet need
Recent studies have has started to shed light on the role of the gut microbiome, linking abnormalities to diseases such as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The link between gut microbiota and ALS first emerged from preclinical evidence and then from clinical observations indicating a disease-modifying role for the gut microbiome.
To date, there is no effective treatment for ALS, a disease that leads to death within on average 3-5 years after diagnosis. Since its inception, MaaT Pharma has been committed to restoring a microbiome symbiosis in life-threatening diseases with high unmet clinical needs. Growing evidence suggests that ALS patients show increased inflammation in the gut and changes in the composition of gut microbes, with low levels of beneficial bacteria.
MaaT033 to slow down disease progression
The study, developed with experts from the ALS network (FILSLAN and ACT4ALS-MND), will enroll up to 15 patients presenting initial motor deficit i.e., at least 6 months up to 24 months at the time of the screening, and is strongly supported by the French patient association (Tous en Selles contre la SLA). This pipeline expansion to a new indication demonstrates the strong potential of MaaT033 to be used in acute or in chronic conditions as a standalone, adjunctive and maintenance therapy and data readout is expected for the first half of 2024.
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2 Peled JU, et al. Role of the intestinal mucosa in acute gastrointestinal GVHD. Blood. 2016 128(20):2395-2402. doi: 10.1182/blood-2016-06-716738.
Staffas A, et al. The intestinal microbiota in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant and graft-versus-host disease. Blood. 2017 129(8):927-933. doi: 10.1182/blood-2016-09-691394. Erratum in: Blood. 2017 Apr 13;129(15):2204
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Jenq RR, et al. Regulation of intestinal inflammation by microbiota following allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. J Exp Med. 2012 903-11. doi: 10.1084/jem.20112408.
4 Jenq RR, et al. Intestinal Blautia Is Associated with Reduced Death from Graft-versus-Host Disease. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2015 1373-83. doi:10.1016/j.bbmt.2015.04.016.
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5 Global Data GVHD Epidemiology Report, Jan 2020.
6 EBMT data 2021
7 Malard, F., Vekhoff, A., Lapusan, S. et al. Gut microbiota diversity after autologous fecal microbiota transfer in acute myeloid leukemia patients. Nat Commun 12, 3084 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-23376-6
 Rowin et al., 2017; Nicholson et al, 2021; Blacher et al, 2019, Mazzini et al, 2020
MaaT03X: Increasing response rate to ICI in solid tumors
The unmet need
Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) have proved a formidable therapeutic option for the treatment of solid tumors. They have notably improved survival in more than 15 oncology indications to date. However, not all patients respond to ICI. In some indications, it has been suggested that the gut microbiome plays a role in the response to ICI.
MaaT03X for the treatment of solid tumors
Recent research has suggested that a patient’s gut microbiome diversity and richness, as well as its composition, impacts response rate to ICI and overall survival rate in multiple indications (melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer, renal cell carcinoma…).
The first product candidate of this range, MaaT03X, is designed to improve response rate to ICI in an undisclosed solid tumor indication.
Article & review
- Malard F. et al. (2018). High gastrointestinal microbial diversity and clinical outcome in graft-versus-host disease patients. Bone Marrow Transplantation.
- Malard F. et al. (2021). Restoration of gut microbiota diversity with autologous fecal microbiota transfer in acute myeloid leukemia patients. Nature communications.
- Malard F. et al. (2022). Pooled allogenic fecal microbiotherapy MaaT013 for the treatment of steroid-refractory gastrointestinal acute graftversus-host disease: results from the phase IIa HERACLES study and expanded access program. IHMC congress
- Gasc C. et al. (2022). Pooling of faecal material results in standardized and high-richness microbiotherapy products MaaT013 and MaaT033. IHMC congress
- Duquenoy A.et al. (2022).Development of a culture manufacturing process preserving the profile of gut microbiota for therapeutic purposes. IHMC congress
- Malard F. et al. (2019). Successful and safe treatment of intestinal Graft-versus-Host Disease (GvHD) with pooled-donor full ecosystem microbiota biotherapeutics. Blood. ASH congress
- Malard F. et al. (2019). Heracles: a phase II single-arm prospective study to assess the efficacy of fecal microbiota transfer (FMT) in the treatment of steroid-refractory gastro-intestinal predominant aGVHD post allo-HSCT. EBMT congress
- Mohty M. et al. (2018). The Odyssee Study: Prevention of Dysbiosis Complications with Autologous Fecal Microbiota Transfer (FMT) in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Patients Undergoing Intensive Treatment: Results of a Prospective Multicenter Trial. Blood. ASH congress
- Mohty M. et al. (2017). Prevention of dysbiosis complications with autologous fecal microbiota transplantation (auto-FMT) in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients undergoing intensive treatment (ODYSSEE study): first results of a prospective multicenter trial. Blood. ASH congress
- Malard F. et al. (2021). 262 Pooled Allogenic Fecal Microbiotherapy MaaT013 for the Treatment of Steroid-Refractory Gastrointestinal Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease: Results from the Phase IIa Heracles Study and Expanded Access Program. ASH congress
- Malard F. et al. (2021). Successful and Safe Treatment of Intestinal Graft-Versus-Host Disease (GvHD) with Pooled-Donor Full Ecosystem Microbiota Biotherapeutic: Results from a 29 Patient-Cohort of a Compassionate Use/Expanded Access Treatment Program. EBMT congress
- Malard F. et al. (2020). Successful and Safe Treatment of Intestinal Graft-Versus-Host Disease (GvHD) with Pooled-Donor Full Ecosystem Microbiota Biotherapeutic: Results from a 29 Patient-Cohort of a Compassionate Use/Expanded Access Treatment Program. Blood. ASH congress
- Malard F. et al. (2020). Successful and safe treatment of intestinal graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) with pooled-donor full ecosystem microbiota biotherapeutics. EBMT congress
- Malard F. et al. (2019). The odyssee study: prevention of dysbiosis complications with autologous fecal microbiota transfer in acute myeloid leukemia patients undergoing intensive-treatment: results of a prospective multicenter trial. EBMT congress