BEVERLY, Mass., April 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Innovation Pharmaceuticals (IPIX) (“the Company”), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, is pleased to report that the Company has implemented yield and purity enhancements in the manufacturing of Brilacidin for the bulk production of Phase 3 drug supply using the Quality by Design approach. This and other efforts associated with the chemical processes aim to achieve drug supply optimization for commercial use.
The Company is now positioning itself to further advance Brilacidin, most immediately, in its planned Phase 3 Oral Mucositis program, and in mid-stage testing for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
“Making these enhancements to Brilacidin is a crucial development step to ensure consistent, high-quality drug substance,” commented Arthur P. Bertolino, MD, PhD, MBA, President and Chief Medical Officer at Innovation Pharmaceuticals. “The Company believes that its Brilacidin franchise will one day provide patients and providers with multiple, much-needed novel and effective medicines.”
In other news, the Company will commence Scientific Advice discussions with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) this week, via a scheduled meeting, to review plans for the international Phase 3 Brilacidin Oral Mucositis program. Also in the coming weeks, the Company plans to provide an update on its Brilacidin program for the treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Brilacidin is Innovation Pharmaceuticals’ lead drug candidate in its defensin mimetic franchise. Modeled after Host Defense Proteins (HDPs), the “front-line” of defense in the immune system, it is a small, non-peptidic, synthetic molecule that kills pathogens swiftly and thoroughly. Just as importantly, Brilacidin also functions in a robust immunomodulatory capacity, lessening inflammation and promoting healing. Due to its unique properties, the Company has studied Brilacidin’s effect on Oral Mucositis (under Fast Track designation) and on Ulcerative Proctitis/Proctosigmoiditis (UP/UPS) in Phase 2 trials. Additional trials of Brilacidin are planned in other conditions, including: Atopic Dermatitis and Acne. Brilacidin is also being developed under FDA’s Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) designation as an antibacterial product for Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infection (ABSSSI)—qualifying it for Fast Track and possible Priority FDA Review and a potential extra 5 years of United States market exclusivity upon drug approval.
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About Innovation Pharmaceuticals
Innovation Pharmaceuticals Inc. (IPIX) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing a world-class portfolio of innovative therapies addressing multiple areas of unmet medical need, including inflammatory diseases, cancer, infectious disease, and dermatologic diseases. Brilacidin, a versatile compound with broad therapeutic potential, is in a new chemical class called defensin-mimetics. A Phase 2 trial of Brilacidin as an oral rinse for the prevention of Severe Oral Mucositis (SOM) in patients with Head and Neck Cancer, met its primary and secondary endpoints, including reducing the incidence of SOM. The Company plans to advance Brilacidin oral rinse into Phase 3 development, subject to available financial resources. Positive results were also observed in a Phase 2 Proof-of-Concept trial treating patients locally with Brilacidin for Ulcerative Proctitis/Ulcerative Proctosigmoiditis. A Phase 2b trial of Brilacidin showed a single intravenous dose of the drug delivered comparable outcomes to a seven-day dosing regimen of the FDA-approved blockbuster daptomycin in treating Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections. Kevetrin is a novel anti-cancer drug shown to modulate p53, often referred to as the “Guardian Angel Gene” due to its crucial role in controlling cell mutations, and has successfully completed a Phase 2 trial in ovarian cancer. More information is available on the Company website at www.IPharmInc.com.
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