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AN2 Therapeutics Signs Grant Agreement to Discover Novel, Boron Based Therapies for Tuberculosis and Malaria

Grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

AN2 Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANTX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing treatments for rare, chronic, and serious infectious diseases with high unmet needs, today announced that it has received a research grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to discover novel, boron containing small molecules for the treatment of tuberculosis and malaria. Funding from the Gates Foundation will support the discovery of novel inhibitors of aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases using AN2’s proprietary boron chemistry platform. AN2’s boron chemistry has the potential to address biological targets for tuberculosis and malaria that build on the scientific expertise of several AN2 scientists that were involved in discovering novel leucyl-tRNA synthetase inhibitors including epetraborole, tavaborole, as well as ganfeborole, which is currently in development for tuberculosis. AN2’s boron chemistry platform has demonstrated success against leucyl- tRNA synthetase, a target that has proven difficult to inhibit using traditional medicinal chemistry approaches.

“Novel drugs that combat drug resistance and shorten therapy are urgently needed to reduce the impact of tuberculosis and malaria, diseases that are responsible for over 2 million deaths per year and disproportionately affect people in low- and middle-income countries,” said Eric Easom, Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of AN2 Therapeutics. “Our boron chemistry platform and team have a proven track record of delivering novel compounds targeting serious unmet needs in infectious diseases and global health that can be game-changers, and we are excited to engage in this important work. This grant underscores our commitment to address areas of high unmet need in global health and capture synergies with our existing research programs using non-dilutive funding.”

About AN2 Therapeutics, Inc.

AN2 Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing treatments for rare, chronic, and serious infectious diseases with high unmet needs. Our initial candidate is epetraborole, which we are studying as a once-daily, oral treatment with a novel mechanism of action for patients with nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung disease, a rare, chronic, and progressive infectious disease caused by bacteria known as mycobacteria, that leads to irreversible lung damage and can be fatal. For more information, please visit our website at

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