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Hovione | March 21, 2023
Hovione, the specialist integrated CDMO, leader in spray drying and particle engineering, and Ripple Therapeutics, a leading ophthalmic sustained drug delivery company, have entered a strategic partnership to expand the use of Ripple's Epidel® platform beyond ophthalmic applications.
The core feature of Ripple's Epidel® technology is the ability to deliver sustained-release pharmaceuticals with surface erosion release kinetics without the use of polymers or excipients. This enables higher drug loading, smaller size implants, defined and predictable biocompatible degradation products with straightforward and scalable manufacturing processes. Surface erosion-based drug release provides a highly effective way to control dose and duration. By incorporating Ripple's Epidel® platform into its toolbox, Hovione can expand its portfolio of novel drug delivery solutions to the pharmaceutical industry.
"The combination of technology synergy, innovative vision and cultural fit makes collaborating with Hovione an exciting next step in the advancement of the Epidel® platform beyond the ophthalmic field," stated Dr. Wendy Naimark, Ripple co-founder and Chief Technology Officer. "Hovione's expertise in controlled, sustained drug delivery, along with their experience in chemical synthesis and pharmaceutical manufacturing, makes for a great partnership."
"We are thrilled to partner with Ripple, who developed a state-of-the-art platform for sustained release," says Dr. Jean-Luc Herbeaux, Hovione's CEO. " Our shared goal is to accelerate and broaden the access to this highly innovative and enabling technology for the benefit of our pharmaceutical customers and their patients worldwide."
By extending the use of the Epidel® platform beyond ocular applications, this partnership will enable the development of a diverse range of new products with optimal sustained release profiles.
Hovione is an international company with over 60 years of experience in pharmaceutical development and manufacturing operations. As a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) with a fully integrated offering of services for drug substances, drug product intermediates and drug products. The company has four FDA inspected sites in the USA, Portugal, Ireland and China and development laboratories in Lisbon, Portugal and New Jersey, USA. Hovione provides pharmaceutical customers services for the development and compliant manufacture of innovative drugs, including highly potent compounds, and customized product solutions across the entire drug life cycle. In the inhalation area, Hovione offers a complete range of services, from API, formulation development and devices. Hovione's culture is based on innovation, quality and dependability. Hovione was the first Chemical/ Pharmaceutical Company to become a Certified B Corp, is a member of Rx-360, EFCG and participates actively in industry quality improvement initiatives to lead new global industry standards.
About Ripple Therapeutics
Ripple Therapeutics Corporation is a clinical stage, privately held company that is focused on ophthalmic therapeutics with controllable, sustainable drug delivery. The core feature of Ripple's Epidel™ technology is the ability to engineer sustained-release pharmaceuticals with surface erosion release kinetics without the use of polymers or excipients. Ripple's novel therapeutics provide for better outcomes for patients, easier management of care for physicians and lower costs for payors. Ripple has a full product pipeline in development.
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EVERSANA | February 24, 2023
On February 23, 2023, Xspray Pharma AB announced that it has signed an agreement with EVERSANA to aid the launch and commercialization of its innovative cancer therapy Dasynoc for treating chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and acute lymphatic leukemia (ALL) in the United States. Xspray Pharma will maintain financial and strategic control while granting EVERSANA exclusive commercialization access to support the second-half 2023 launch of Dasynoc. Dasynoc, if FDA approved, will be a new treatment option for CML and ALL patients that will enter the $3.5 billion commercial market for Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors in the United States.
Under the agreement, EVERSANA will provide Xspray with a dedicated commercialization team with expertise in the successful commercialization of cancer drugs, including TKI products, and offer support in areas such as agency services, market access, clinical and commercial field teams, patient services, medical science liaisons, and compliance. In addition, this agreement gives Xspray access to EVERSANA's experienced commercial leaders and enables a quick launch while optimizing the launch budget.
Dasynoc is expected to bring significant benefits to CML patients as it is bioequivalent to Sprycel® at a 30% lower dose with significantly better variability, enabling better precision and predictability of dosing. Dasynoc is granted ODD by FDA for the treatment of CML and ALL.
The product offers an important improvement for CML patients, as retrospective registry data presented at ASH 2022 show that patients on concomitant tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) and proton pump inhibitor (PPI) treatment (e.g., omeprazole) of 79% have low 5-year overall survival rates compared to 94% for patients on TKI only. Dasynoc uptake is unaffected by PPIs, hence offering an essential benefit to CML patients.
Xspray plans to launch the product in the second half of 2023, subject to FDA approval and ongoing litigation processes pertaining to patents for crystalline dasatinib forms that Xspray believes are not present in its product.
EVERSANA is a prominent global services provider to the life sciences industry, offering integrated solutions that focus on the patient experience and cover all stages of the product life cycle. The company aims to create long-term, sustainable value for patients, prescribers, channel partners, and payers. It works with over 670 organizations, including established pharmaceutical companies and start-ups, to advance life sciences solutions and contribute to creating a healthier world.
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CONTINUUS Pharmaceuticals | March 15, 2023
On March 14, 2023, ValGenesis, Inc., a leading enterprise validation lifecycle management solutions provider, announced that CONTINUUS Pharmaceuticals has successfully implemented the ValGenesis Validation Lifecycle Management System (VLMS) for efficient management of validation processes across the company in a 100% digital format.
CONTINUUS Pharmaceuticals is a rapidly growing small business specializing in end-to-end integrated continuous manufacturing (ICM) of pharmaceuticals. As a spin-out company resulting from a long-term collaboration between MIT and Novartis, CONTINUUS Pharmaceuticals is committed to enhancing the accessibility and affordability of pharmaceutical products worldwide by exploring advanced manufacturing paradigms that expedite the development of raw materials and APIs to final dosage forms.
Due to the immense validation requirements involved in the production of different drug products, CONTINUUS Pharmaceuticals needed an electronic solution that determines the disposition of their assets while switching amongst product lines. By leveraging the ValGenesis VLMS, CONTINUUS Pharmaceuticals has successfully implemented facilities, equipment validation, computer system and utility validation.
The ValGenesis VLMS is the system of record for CONTINUUS Pharmaceuticals' engineering team and will be expanded to other teams in the future. The highly automated, real-time, and compliant system provided by ValGenesis minimizes the potential for Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) non-compliance while accelerating time to market.
About CONTINUUS Pharmaceuticals
CONTINUUS Pharmaceuticals is an end-to-end integrated continuous manufacturing (ICM) company specializing in pharmaceutical production. The company is committed to enhancing the accessibility and affordability of pharmaceutical products worldwide by exploring advanced manufacturing paradigms that expedite the development of APIs and raw materials to final dosage forms. It leverages a novel continuous manufacturing platform called Integrated Continuous Manufacturing (ICM), initially developed through a $65 million joint research project between Novartis and MIT. With ICM, it aims to transform and streamline the supply chain of pharmaceuticals by delivering high-quality, lower-cost drugs "on-demand."