Combatting Superbugs With Nanocapsules

Technology Networks | October 18, 2019

Scientists have uncovered a novel antibiotic-free approach that could help prevent and treat one of the most widespread bacterial pathogens, using nanocapsules made of natural ingredients.
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacterial pathogen carried by 4.4 billion people worldwide, with the highest prevalence in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Although the majority of infections show no symptoms, if left untreated the pathogen can cause chronic inflammation of the stomach lining, ulcers and is associated with an increased risk of gastric cancer. In 2017, the World Health Organisation included H. pylori on its list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens" – a catalogue of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health and that urgently need new treatments. Current treatments involve multi-target therapy with a combination of antibiotics, but this has promoted the emergence of resistant strains.

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The WHO estimates the average medication adherence rate is 50% in developed nations. Compared to the top 15 most adherent countries on Medisafe, the U.S. healthcare system ranks among the lowest. How do cardiology drug adherence rates vary by day and time? Type of heart treatment? Number of meds taken simultaneously? Which pharma companies manufacture drugs with the highest adherence rates on Medisafe? Download this infographic for comparative data and valuable insider insights on cardiology drug adherence that pharma companies should consider for their products and marketing strategies.

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The WHO estimates the average medication adherence rate is 50% in developed nations. Compared to the top 15 most adherent countries on Medisafe, the U.S. healthcare system ranks among the lowest. How do cardiology drug adherence rates vary by day and time? Type of heart treatment? Number of meds taken simultaneously? Which pharma companies manufacture drugs with the highest adherence rates on Medisafe? Download this infographic for comparative data and valuable insider insights on cardiology drug adherence that pharma companies should consider for their products and marketing strategies.

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Infant Bacterial Therapeutics today announces new patent protection approvals in Brazil and in Hong Kong

Infant Bacterial Therapeutics | December 28, 2021

Infant Bacterial Therapeutics AB announces that the Patent Offices of Brazil and Hong Kong have approved a patent of Lactobacillus reuteri covering IBP-9414. IBT is currently developing its drug candidate IBP-9414 in Phase III for the prevention of necrotizing colitis and improvement of feeding tolerance in preterm infants. The patent covers a novel way to activate the bacteria. Corresponding patent applications are currently pending across several important future markets. This patent reinforces the existing protection of IBT’s drug candidate IBP-9414. Additional market protection, beyond patent exclusivity, is also anticipated in the form of Orphan Drug Exclusivity and biological data protection in the US and EU. The patent provides coverage until 2036. IBP-9414 is intended to be marketed in Brazil and Hong Kong upon marketing authorization. “We are pleased to have strengthened our intellectual property protection for IBP-9414 through the approved patents in Brazil and Hong Kong. Brazil is in particular a substantial market with about 215 million inhabitants, which makes it a very interesting commercial opportunity for our future product", CEO Staffan Strömberg, IBT About Infant Bacterial Therapeutics AB Infant Bacterial Therapeutics AB is a public company domiciled in Stockholm. The company’s Class B shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, Mid-cap. Infant Bacterial Therapeutics AB is a pharmaceutical company with a product in clinical phase III with a vision to develop drugs influencing the infant microbiome, and thereby prevent or treat rare diseases affecting infants. IBT is currently developing the drug candidate IBP-9414. The ambition for IBP-9414 is to become the world’s first approved probiotical drug with the goal to prevent life threatening diseases in premature infants including NEC and sepsis by promoting healthy stomach-and bowel development in premature infants. IBP-9414 contains the active compound Lactobacillus reuteri, which is a human bacterial strain naturally present in breast milk. The product portfolio also includes another project, IBP-1016, for the treatment of gastroschisis, a severe and rare disease affecting infants. By developing these drugs, IBT has the potential to fulfill unmet needs for diseases where there are currently no prevention or treatment therapies available.

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Rx-360 Launches New auditsPlus®

Rx-360 | June 10, 2021

Rx-360, a global pharmaceutical consortium committed to supply chain integrity and patient safety, is happy to announce the extension of our Audit Program. The release of the new Rx-360 auditsPlus database is the key driver of this growth. This interactive, user-friendly database will not only raise awareness of the Rx-360 Joint Audit Program®. Still, it will also provide Rx-360 program users with new and improved tools to minimize their audit burden. Rx-360's CEO, Jim Fries, stated, "Maintaining quality in pharmaceutical materials is an ever-increasing problem for the pharmaceutical sector. To maintain our commitment to patient safety, this new tool will provide users of our software with better insight into Rx-360 audits. It's another benefit we can provide the industry and our members." Jaye Greene, Rx-360's Head of Audit Operations and Quality, stated, "We are extremely excited to introduce the market to our new auditsPlus platform. The user experience has been greatly improved, and all of the Rx-360 Audit Programs are now easily accessible." About Rx-360 Rx-360, an international pharmaceutical supply chain consortium, was founded in 2009 to support an industry-wide commitment to maintaining patient safety via improved quality and authenticity across the supply chain. The organization's objective is to ensure patient safety by exchanging information and developing processes related to the integrity of the healthcare supply chain and the quality of products used in the supply chain. Rx-360 contains work streams relating to audit and sharing review reports, supply chain security, monitoring and reporting, Asia-focused activities, supplier-focused initiatives, and external relations, communications, and membership to fulfill this mission.

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Mallax acquires Sana Pharma Medical, Establishing a New Nordic Pharmaceutical Platform

Mallax | July 05, 2021

Mallax Pharmaceuticals AB has acquired Sana Pharma Medical AS, forming a new Nordic pharmaceutical platform. SPM, founded in Norway in 2014, is a rapidly growing OTC company with complete pharmaceutical infrastructure and Nordic distribution coverage. With the well-established brands such as Lunixen and Sedix and additional products based on the chemical melatonin, the Company has a leading position in the fast-growing sleep and anxiety sector. SPM is a well-resourced platform with about 15 FTEs that provides extensive in-house pharmaceutical expertise and experience to serve as an appealing basis for Mallax. Furthermore, the Company has a sizable and steadily growing pipeline of new products that will be released in the future years. Mallax was founded in 2020 by Impilo, a Nordic healthcare-focused investment firm, and Anders Larnholt, a seasoned pharma, and healthcare executive, with the long-term goal of creating a large and diverse platform with established pharmaceuticals and OTC products for customers and patients across Europe. Dr. Peter Sjöstrand, the former deputy CEO and CFO of Astra and the former Chairman of the Boards of Gambro and Meda, is named Chairman of the Board of Mallax as part of the transaction. About Mallax Mallax was founded in 2020 by Impilo and Anders Larnholt with the ambition of building a leading pharma company and investing significant capital and resources behind the right acquisition opportunities across Europe, with a wide size range for any individual deal ranging from EUR 10 million to EUR 300 million. Mallax's strategy is based on three pillars: sustainability, medical need, and profitable growth. Mallax currently has operations in all Nordic markets due to the acquisition of Sana Pharma Medical. About Impilo Impilo is a Nordic investment firm that makes long-term investments in healthcare companies involved in pharmaceuticals, medical technology, healthcare services, and other health-related sectors. Impilo seeks to enhance the value of its assets via long-term active ownership and generate consistent returns for its stakeholders. Impilo has a well-diversified investment portfolio and has raised over SEK 9 billion in capital from leading Nordic and international investors since its inception in 2017.

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