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Cyclosporine is an immunosuppressant that helps increase tear secretion and improve tear film stability which improves the symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome patients.1 However, regardless of cyclosporine A’s benefits, it’s an extremely hydrophobic drug. Hydrophobic means the substance cannot mix with water. For that reason, ophthalmic formulations of cyclosporine typically rely on an oil-in-water emulsion for drug delivery into the tissues of the eye.
NM133 offers a completely new approach to the delivery of cyclosporine A. Using the patent protected MET, NM133 effectively wraps and solubilizes cyclosporine A in a protective cover, helping it across the epithelial barriers of the eye.
Reference: 1. Mantelli F, Massaro-Giordano M, Macchi I, Lambiase A, Bonini S. The cellular mechanisms of dry eye: from pathogenesis to treatment. J Cell Physiol. 2013; 228(12): 2253-6.
MET nanoparticles are engineered from biocompatible polymers which increase bio-availability of hydrophobic drugs across biological barriers such as the Cornea. This technology allows drugs to be encapsulated and protected while facilitating drug release across certain biological barriers.
MET allows topical ocular delivery of an insoluble drug without the use of surfactants and oils.
We acquired the rights to develop and commercialize our core product, NM133, from Nanomerics, Ltd.
The properties of the MET polymer have been sufficiently characterized for a safety and tolerability clinical study.
NM133's product profile and specifications provided to the FDA are sufficient to support early clinical trials.
We are currently exploring partnerships and development opportunities that would support the development and commercialization of NM133.
Completed in 2016
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Damon is an experienced Pharmaceutical Executive with 20 years experience working in the Life Sciences/Healthcare Industries. He has experience in large and small pharmaceutical companies and has successfully navigated numerous drug development programs through the FDA regulatory approval process and commercial launch. He has extensive Public Policy experience and has worked with numerous Federal and State Agencies on the Regulatory challenges of commercialization.
Michael has 25 years of extensive experience in drug development ranging from candidate selection through registration and product enhancements. He has worked on project teams and portfolio review committees in anti-infective, ophthalmology, oncology, central nervous system, and cardiovascular/endocrine metabolism therapeutic areas.
As a skilled leader, Michael has headed CMC, manufacturing, development operations, regulatory affairs, and quality assurance. He has led operations, held full P&L responsibility, and aligned strategy in both small biotech and large-scale pharmaceutical organizations.
Andreas holds a Chair in Translational Therapeutics at University College London and has a track record in medicines development in industry and academia. As part of Munich start-up IDEA, he was involved in the commercialization of drug delivery technology initially developed during his PhD/DVM. He then returned to academia to become leader of the Cancer Research UK’s ‘Experimental Therapeutics and Gene Medicines’ Group and Director of the Analytical Services Unit at the Beatson Laboratories, Glasgow, where he was involved in the early clinical development of a number of novel anti-cancer therapies. His research, supported by grant income of over £10 m, and has been repeatedly featured in the media.
Ijeoma obtained her PhD from the School of Pharmacy, University of London. She continued on to a lectureship in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Strathclyde, and eventually was appointed to a Chair in Drug Delivery at the same university. At the University of Strathclyde, Ijeoma worked on the self-assembly of polymers creating new polymers capable of forming high stability nanosystems and functional nanomedicines. An appointment to a chair in Pharmaceutical Nanoscience at the School of Pharmacy, University of London followed, just prior to the launch of Nanomerics. Ijeoma has received a number of awards, notably the UK’s Women of Outstanding Achievement Award (2007) in Science Engineering and Technology awarded by the former Department and Trade and Industry’s (now Department of Business, Innovation and Skills) United Kingdom Resource Centre.