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First-in-class biotherapy against diabetes

About Us

About us

ILONOV is a preclinical stage biopharmaceutical company, spin off of the European Diabetes Study Center (CeeD), dedicated to developing first-in-class biotherapies against diabetes and metabolic diseases, harvesting the breakthrough potential of the muscle secretome to regulate metabolism, a novel and unexplored approach.

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Our goal is to alleviate the burden of daily diabetes management and eliminate severe complications like renal failure, which causes patients to endure expensive and debilitating treatments and reduces their life expectancy.

Type 1 Diabetes

We aim at achieving the first functional cure for T1D by enhancing beta cell replacement therapies (pancreatic islet or stem cell transplant). Our innovation is a unique combination of pre- and post-transplant treatments based on ILV-001, ensuring better islet survival at every step of the transplant, limiting graft rejection and enhancing its potency in the long term.

Type 2 Diabetes

We aim at stopping the progression of T2D by achieving a post-exercice state in patients thanks to our biotherapy, preventing the onset of diabetic complications. Importantly, our asset is capable of restoring insulin sensitivity of peripheral tissues and protects insulin-secreting cells from chronic inflammation and decline in the long term.


[1] Bouzakri et al. Diabetes 2003

[2] Bouzakri et al. Diabetes 2011

[3] Rutti et al. 2014, Rutti et al. 2018

Our Sciences

Our Science 

Harnessing the power of the muscle secretome for therapy

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The muscle secretome

The muscle is not solely an effector responsible for our bodies’ movements. It is an endocrine organ playing a major role in maintaining a healthy metabolic balance. Following exercise, it releases to the blood stream a multitude of hormones acting in a systemic manner throughout the body, communicating with other organs.

Therapeutic potential of myokines

We are leveraging the potential of those hormones, naturally secreted by the muscles, called myokines, for therapeutic purposes, as by mimicking exercise they are capable of restoring metabolic balance. In our Proof of concept studies, we have characterized one of those hormones, ILV-001, which is a major player in the endocrine signalling of the post-exercise state, directly linking physical activity and metabolic control.

ILV-001 shows strong cytoprotective and anti-inflammatory properties, thus protecting insulin-secreting islets and, in parallel, enhancing their potency through the stimulation of insulin secretion.

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Founding team

Scientific advisors

Advisory board

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Prof. Laurence KESSLER, MD-PhD

Strasbourg University Hospital

Head of Clinic

Reference centre for rare insulin secretation and insulin sentivity diseases - PRISIS

Prof. Rohit KULKARNI, MD-PhD

Harvard University_Harvard Stem Cell Institute

Joslin Diabetes Center


Lausanne University Hospital

Head of Cell Therapy for Diabetes Laboratory

Prof. Ariane SULTAN, MD-PhD

Montpellier University Hospital

Nutrition and Diabetes


Dr Rosy ELOY, MD-PhD


Clinical Development Expert



Biopharmaceutical Development Expert


Myovant Sciences

R&D Director





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