Poster presentation indicates new microgranule formulation elicited desired delayed release profile, offering protection at acidic pH and rapid release under intestinal conditions
BOCA RATON, Fla., Oct. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Wave BioPharma, Inc., (NASDAQ:FWBI), (“First Wave BioPharma” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of targeted, non-systemic therapies for gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, announced today that research demonstrating key advantages of its improved adrulipase drug delivery formulation will be the subject of a poster presentation at AAPS 2022 PharmSci 360 on October 19 at 9:30 a.m., EDT. First Wave is developing adrulipase as a treatment for exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) associated with cystic fibrosis (CF) and chronic pancreatitis (CP). A Phase 2 clinical trial investigating the optimized adrulipase formulation is expected to initiate before year-end 2022.
The poster (W0930-01-02), entitled, “Formulation Development of Enterically Protected Spray Dried Dispersions of Adrulipase,” highlights research conducted by First Wave BioPharma and its drug delivery formulation partner, Pace® Life Sciences, involving the development of a new drug delivery formulation for adrulipase. In vitro data suggest the formulation (SDD04), which was compared against eight other formulations of adrulipase, has the potential to offer the best protection against the acidic pH in the stomach followed by rapid release of adrulipase in the small intestine where the drug is expected to mix with food and deliver its therapeutic benefit. Notably, the SDD04 formulation contained approximately two times higher drug load than previous formulations and retained activity even after 90 minutes under dissolution conditions.
“We are very pleased that research into the development of a microgranule delivery formulation for adrulipase will be highlighted at the AAPS 2022 PharmSci 360 conference,” said James Sapirstein, President and CEO of First Wave BioPharma. “As the data indicate, we have been able to identify a drug delivery formulation of adrulipase that should consistently deliver the drug to the precise location in the gastrointestinal tract where it can produce its therapeutic effect. In addition, we have made significant strides in increasing our manufacturing yields and decreasing our cost of goods. We are now in the process of completing the Investigational New Drug (IND) application for a proposed Phase 2 clinical trial of this optimized formulation, which we expect to initiate prior to year-end.”
Adrulipase is a recombinant lipase enzyme administered as an oral, non-systemic biologic capsule for the treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) associated with cystic fibrosis (CF) and chronic pancreatitis (CP). Adrulipase is derived from the Yarrowia lipolytica yeast lipase and is designed to break up fat molecules in the digestive tract of EPI patients so that they can be absorbed as nutrients. EPI is a condition characterized by deficiency of the exocrine pancreatic enzymes, resulting in a patient’s inability to digest food properly, or maldigestion. The deficiency in this enzyme can be responsible for greasy diarrhea, fecal urge and weight loss. There are more than 30,000 patients in the U.S. with EPI caused by cystic fibrosis according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and approximately 90,000 patients in the U.S. with EPI caused by chronic pancreatitis according to the National Pancreas Foundation.
About First Wave BioPharma, Inc.
First Wave BioPharma is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of targeted, non-systemic therapies for gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. The Company is currently advancing a therapeutic development pipeline with multiple clinical stage programs built around its two proprietary technologies – the biologic adrulipase, a recombinant lipase enzyme designed to enable the digestion of fats and other nutrients, and niclosamide, an oral small molecule with anti-inflammatory properties. First Wave is advancing two Phase 2 clinical programs built around adrulipase for the treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (FW-EPI) in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and chronic pancreatitis (CP). In developing adrulipase, First Wave is seeking to provide CF and CP patients with a safe and effective therapy to control EPI that is non-animal derived and offers the potential to dramatically reduce their daily pill burden. The company is also advancing multiple programs involving niclosamide, including FW-UP for ulcerative proctitis and ulcerative proctosigmoiditis, FW-UC for ulcerative colitis, and FW-CD for Crohn’s disease. First Wave BioPharma is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. For more information visit www.firstwavebio.com.
About Pace® Life Sciences, Inc.
Pace® Life Sciences provides a full suite of contract CMC development, CTM manufacturing, regulatory compliance, consulting, and facility support services to the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and gene therapy industries. Pace® Life Sciences operates from a network of CDMO sites, GMP analytical testing laboratories, and manufacturing support service centers across the United States. Our experienced, highly trained industry experts, and our investment in state-of-the-art development and manufacturing facilities emphasizes our commitment to efficiently advancing client programs through the clinic to commercialization. We are dedicated to delivering the best and most reliable services with positive customer experiences across all channels of our business. Pace® Life Sciences is a part of Pace®, a Science and Technology Company. More at pacelifesciences.com.
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