Oral presentation highlights the synergistic effect of high-dose nitric oxide (NO) in combination with antibiotics in the treatment of drug-resistant mycobacterium abscessus lung infection
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. and REHOVOT, Israel, Oct. 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Beyond Air, Inc. (NASDAQ: XAIR), a clinical-stage medical device and biopharmaceutical company focused on developing inhaled Nitric Oxide (NO) for the treatment of patients with respiratory conditions including serious lung infections and pulmonary hypertension, today announced Dr. Abdi Ghaffari, Ph.D., Vice President of Research at Beyond Air presented data at an oral presentation entitled, “High Efficacy of High-dose Nitric Oxide and its Synergistic Effect with Antibiotics against Mycobacterium Abscessus” at the 2019 ERS Congress being held on September 28 - October 2, 2019 in Madrid, Spain.
Dr. Ghaffari’s presentation highlighted in vitro data demonstrating the potential synergistic effect of combination Amikacin or Clofazimine with high-dose (250ppm) Nitric Oxide (NO) in the treatment of drug resistant mycobacterium abscessus (M. abscessus). M. abscessus is an emerging species of multidrug-resistant nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) with increasing prevalence in patients with underlying pulmonary disease.
“The data demonstrating a synergistic effect between nitric oxide and antibiotics in drug-resistant M. abscessus clinical strains is an exciting step forward in the potential treatment of multidrug-resistant nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM),” said Dr. Ghaffari. “We look forward to continuing to build upon these data with intermittent NO exposure mimicking our anticipated human clinical protocols.”
This research was conducted at Dr. Kenneth Olivier’s Laboratory of Chronic Airway Infection, Pulmonary Branch, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. A copy of the presentation materials can be accessed on the Events section of the Beyond Air website.
About ERS Congress
Welcoming over 20,000 delegates every year, the annual ERS Congress is a showcase of excellence across the entire field of respiratory medicine. It is the largest conference in the respiratory field highlighting cutting-edge science in all fields of respiratory medicine, as well as state-of-the-art educational programmes, specialized and practical courses, and a strong focus on daily practice.
About Nitric Oxide (NO)
Nitric Oxide (NO) is a powerful molecule proven to play a critical role in a broad array of biological functions. In the airways, NO targets the vascular smooth muscle cells that surround the small resistance arteries in the lungs and is used in adult respiratory distress syndrome and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the neonate. Additionally, NO is believed to play a key role in the innate immune system and in vitro studies suggest that NO possesses anti-microbial activity not only against common bacteria, including both gram-positive and gram-negative, but also against other diverse organisms, including mycobacteria, fungi, yeast and parasites, and has the potential to eliminate multi-drug resistant strains.
Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) is a rare and serious bacterial infection in the lungs causing debilitating pulmonary disease associated with increased morbidity and mortality. NTM infection is acquired by breathing in aerosolized bacteria from the environment, and if ignored can lead to NTM lung disease, a progressive and chronic condition. NTM is an emerging public health concern worldwide because of its multi-drug antibiotic resistance. Current treatment guidelines suggest a combination of multiple antibiotics delivered continually for as long as two years. These complex, expensive and invasive regimens have a poor record in the treatment of Mycobacterium abscessus complex (MABSC) and refractory Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) and have the potential for causing severe adverse events. AIT’s system is designed to effectively deliver 160 - 400 ppm NO to the lung, and early data indicate that this range of NO concentration may have a positive effect on patients infected with NTM.
About Beyond Air, Inc.
Beyond Air, Inc. is a clinical-stage medical device and biopharmaceutical company developing a revolutionary NO Generator and Delivery System that uses NO generated from ambient air and delivers precise amounts of NO to the lungs for the potential treatment of respiratory and other diseases. The Beyond Air NO Delivery System can generate up to 400 ppm of NO for delivery either continuously or for a fixed amount of time and has the ability to either titrate dose on demand or maintain a constant dose. The Company is currently applying its therapeutic expertise to develop treatments for pulmonary hypertension in various settings, in addition to treatments for lower respiratory tract infections that are not effectively addressed with current standards of care. Beyond Air is currently advancing its revolutionary NO Generator and Delivery System in clinical trials for the treatment of bronchiolitis and severe lung infections such as nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). For more information, visit www.beyondair.net.
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