MyMD | November 24, 2021
MyMD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a clinical stage pharmaceutical company committed to extending healthy lifespan by delaying aging, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued U.S. Patent 11,179,382 B2, titled “Methods of Reversing Normal Aging Process and Extending Lifespan.” The allowed claims protect the use of MYMD-1 in a method designed to extend the lifespan of an individual.
“This patent is a timely addition to our IP portfolio as we advance toward the launch of our fully funded Phase 2 trial of MYMD-1 for aging. After a comprehensive review by USPTO, we are pleased with the broad scope of the granted claims which offer further protection for our lead drug candidate, which we believe has the potential to become the first and only FDA-approved therapeutic solution for delaying aging and prolonging healthy lifespan,”
Chris Chapman, M.D., President, Director and Chief Medical Officer of MyMD
“Our primary focus for MYMD-1 is to slow the aging process, prevent sarcopenia and frailty, and extend healthy lifespan,” Dr. Chapman added. “It’s also important to note that MYMD-1 shows promise in pre-clinical studies as a treatment for immune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and as an anti-fibrotic and anti-proliferation therapeutic.”
The latest patent adds to MyMD’s intellectual property portfolio of 14 granted patents (12 U.S. and two foreign) covering MYMD-1 in methods of treating chronic inflammation, autoimmune disorders, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, viral infections, addictions, fibrosis, asthma, and other disorders. MyMD also holds two patents for its synthetic cannabidiol (CBD) derivative Supera-CBD. An additional 30 patent applications are pending worldwide.
Originally developed for autoimmune diseases, MYMD-1’s primary purpose is to slow the aging process, prevent sarcopenia and frailty, and extend healthy lifespan. Because it can cross the blood-brain barrier and gain access to the central nervous system (CNS), MYMD-1 is also positioned to be a possible treatment for brain-related disorders. Its mechanism of action and efficacy in diseases including multiple sclerosis (MS) and thyroiditis have been studied through collaborations with several academic institutions. MYMD-1 is also showing promise in pre-clinical studies as a potential treatment for post- COVID-19 complications and as an anti-fibrotic and anti-proliferation therapeutic.
MYMD-1 has shown effectiveness in pre-clinical studies in regulating the immune system by performing as a selective inhibitor of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), a driver of chronic inflammation. Unlike other therapies, MYMD-1 has been shown to selectively block TNF-α when it becomes overactivated in autoimmune diseases and cytokine storms, but not block it from doing its normal job of being a first responder to any routine type of moderate infection. MYMD-1’s ease of oral dosing is another differentiator compared to currently available TNF-α blockers, all of which require delivery by injection or infusion. No approved TNF inhibitor has ever been dosed orally. In addition, the drug is not immunosuppressive and has not been shown to cause the serious side effects common with traditional therapies that treat inflammation.
About MyMD Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
MyMD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a clinical stage pharmaceutical company committed to extending healthy lifespan, is focused on developing two novel therapeutic platforms that treat the causes of disease rather than only addressing the symptoms. MYMD-1 is a drug platform based on a clinical stage small molecule that regulates the immune system to control TNF-α, which drives chronic inflammation, and other pro-inflammatory cell signaling cytokines. MYMD-1 is being developed to delay aging, increase longevity, and treat autoimmune diseases and COVID-19- associated depression. The Company’s second drug platform, Supera-CBD, is being developed to treat chronic pain, addiction and epilepsy. Supera-CBD is a novel synthetic derivative of cannabidiol (CBD) and is being developed to address and improve upon the rapidly growing CBD market, which includes both FDA approved drugs and CBD products not currently regulated as drugs.
Medexus Pharmaceuticals | July 13, 2021
Medexus Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced today that it has entered into a licensing deal with medac GmbH to commercialize treosulfan, a bifunctional alkylating agent, in Canada.
Treosulfan will be sold in Canada as Trecondyv and will be used in conjunction with fludarabine as part of a conditioning regime before allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Medexus will be in charge of selling and promoting the product, while Medac will manufacture and supply it.
Medexus has been distributing treosulfan in Canada through the Special Access Program, and Health Canada recently approved Trecondyv for the treatment of adult patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia or Myelodysplastic Syndromes who are at increased risk for standard conditioning therapies, as well as pediatric patients older than one year with AML or MDS.
About medac GmbH
medac GmbH is a privately owned global pharmaceutical firm that is expanding its pharmaceutical and diagnostics businesses. Since its inception in Germany in 1970, medac has specialized in treating diseases related to oncology, hematology, urology, and auto-immune disorders. medac is dedicated to improving current therapeutic products and creating new ones to enhance patients' quality of life. In addition, medac has earned a reputation for developing novel medicines in less common indications. This dedication has resulted in a diverse range of pharmaceutical goods that positively impact the lives of patients. medac is constantly investing in product development and manufacturing and logistical capacities to fulfill the requirements of both patients and healthcare professionals.
Medexus is a market leader in novel rare disease treatment solutions, with a solid commercial platform in North America. We are building a highly distinctive business with a portfolio of innovative and high-value orphan and rare disease medicines that will support our growth for the next decade, based on a foundation of proven best-in-class medications. Through our key principles of Quality, Innovation, Customer Service, and Teamwork, the Company's goal is to offer the finest healthcare products to healthcare professionals and patients. Medexus Pharmaceuticals specializes in the treatment of auto-immune illness, hematological, and allergies. Rasuvo and Metoject, a unique methotrexate formulation (auto-pen and pre-filled syringe) designed to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune diseases; IXINITY, an intravenous recombinant factor IX therapeutic for use in patients 12 years of age or older with Hemophilia B – a hereditary bleeding disorder characterized by a deficiency of clotting factor
Torreya Capital, Virpax Pharmaceuticals | April 23, 2021
Virpax® Pharmaceuticals, Inc. reported today that it has appointed Torreya Capital, LLC as the Company's sole financial adviser for its partnering and licensing activities in strategic global markets.
Torreya is a leading investment bank that has supported more than $100 billion in life sciences transactions since its establishment in 2007.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Torreya to extend our partnerships in key markets,” said Anthony Mack, Chairman, and CEO of Virpax Pharmaceuticals. "There is an increasing worldwide need for non-opioid, non-addictive pain treatments, and we agree that our product candidates, EpoladermTM, ProbudurTM, and EnveltaTM, will provide a competitive advantage in their target markets," Mr. Mack concluded.
"We look forward to assisting Virpax Pharmaceuticals in identifying strong regional partners for their innovative acute and chronic pain product candidate pipeline,” said Torreya Partner Tom Bird. "Virpax's product candidates include proprietary technologies that can enable the product candidates to provide enhanced benefits while providing non-addictive pain relief.”
Torreya is a global investment banking boutique that works with life sciences industries. Since its inception in 2007, the company has closed over $100 billion in transactions spanning branded pharmaceutical, biotechnology, generic pharmaceutical, and life sciences firms in nearly 250 assignments. Their associates are senior bankers and executives with extensive industry expertise, insights, and networks. They are a preferred advisor for businesses seeking secure, conflict-free, and knowledgeable advice on M&A, capital markets, licensing, and asset sale transactions. The breadth of Torreya's global footprint separates it from any other life sciences advisory practices.
About Virpax Pharmaceuticals
Virpax is developing branded, non-addictive pain management product candidates by optimizing and enhancing drug delivery using its proprietary technologies. Virpax is seeking FDA approval for its three proprietary drug delivery systems. EpoladermTM is a metered-dose topical diclofenac spray film formulation being used to treat acute musculoskeletal pain and osteoarthritis. ProbudurTM is a liposomal bupivacaine formulation for a single injection that is being used to treat post-operative pain. EnveltaTM is an intranasal molecular-envelope enkephalin formulation that is being developed to treat acute and chronic pain, particularly cancer-related pain. Virpax is also developing its PES200 product candidate to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its MMS019 product candidate to prevent viral replication caused by influenza or SARS-CoV-2 using its intranasal Molecular Envelope Technology (MET).