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Sebela Pharmaceuticals Announces U.S. Launch of SUTAB® Tablets, An Alternative to Liquid Colonoscopy Preparation

Sebela Pharmaceuticals | January 06, 2021

Sebela Pharmaceuticals® today announced that SUTAB® (sodium sulfate, magnesium sulfate, and potassium chloride) tablets, the first tablet colonoscopy preparation to receive approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in over 10 years, is now available in the United States.
SUTAB is a sulfate-based tablet colonoscopy preparation that is taken orally in a split-dose administration starting the evening before a colonoscopy. The tablets offer a safe and effective alternative to liquid colonoscopy preparations, which traditionally require consuming large volumes of poor-tasting solution and can often be a barrier to patients' willingness to undergo colonoscopy screening for colorectal cancer. 1 

The American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend adults undergo screening for colorectal cancer beginning at age 45.2 Colonoscopy is the gold standard detection method for colorectal cancer, a leading cause of cancer-related deaths that can be more effectively treated if caught early through screening.3 Within the last decade, the rate of colonoscopy procedures has increased significantly with approximately 18 million people now screened annually for colorectal cancer.

"Alternative colonoscopy preparations, like SUTAB, can play an important role in encouraging more patients to get screened for colorectal cancer," said Alan Cooke, President and CEO of Sebela Pharmaceuticals. "With the introduction of SUTAB tablets, we hope to take yet another important step toward removing some of the burden often associated with the preparation process – allowing more patients to feel confident in their choice to undergo a colonoscopy."

The FDA approved SUTAB on November 10, 2020. The approval was based on positive Phase 3 clinical trials, which evaluated the safety and efficacy of SUTAB compared to FDA-approved preparations in 941 patients, including a traditional polyethylene glycol and ascorbate preparation (PEG-EA) for bowel cleansing prior to a colonoscopy.4

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TFF Pharmaceuticals Expands R&D Operations with New Austin Facility

TFF Pharmaceuticals, Inc. | July 16, 2022

TFF Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative drug products based on its patented Thin Film Freezing (TFF) technology platform, today announced a significant expansion of its R&D operations through the lease of a new research and development facility located in Austin, Texas. The new facility of over 3,500 square feet significantly increases TFF’s total lab space, adding a dedicated lab for downstream processing of products created via Thin Film Freezing, which will complement the company’s existing formulation development capabilities. As TFF expands its in-house and partnered research, including applications in biologics, the additional laboratory space will also provide significantly more real estate to accommodate larger equipment to facilitate scale-up and manufacturing, as well as to produce supplies for preclinical studies. The new space will be supervised by Donald Owens, Ph.D., Director of Product Development at TFF, and supported by John Koleng, Ph.D., R.Ph., Vice President of Product Development and Manufacturing. The company also plans to expand the product development team in Austin, which will be based at the new facility, to support the growing number of partnered projects. The lease arrangement used to finance the facility is also a major advantage, providing TFF with a highly flexible and capital efficient approach in expanding its R&D operations while preserving capital resources. “The opening of our new Austin R&D facility represents an important evolution of TFF’s operations, reflecting growing demand for our Thin Film Freezing technology and product development services. The Austin facility will enable us to increase testing capacity so that we can run a larger number of feasibility studies, including a focus on biologics where demand has continued to grow. Additionally, as many of our partnered programs move to clinical evaluation, the ability to scale-up manufacturing in parallel becomes mission critical. We expect the new Austin facility will allow us to meet the current growing demand for Thin Film Freezing-based products.” Dr. Koleng The addition of this facility also cements Austin as a central hub of TFF’s research operations. The company maintains a close relationship and research collaborations with academic institutions, including the University of Texas at Austin, where TFF has extensive early-stage formulation capabilities. “As our internal programs advance and our network of partnerships expands, establishing this additional research space in Austin is a natural next step,” added Glenn Mattes, CEO of TFF Pharmaceuticals. “I’m confident that Don and John will spearhead a successful expansion and scale-up of TFF’s capabilities to meet growing demand. We will also continue to work closely with our partners, including Dr. Robert O. Williams, Special Advisor to TFF and Co-Inventor of the Thin Film Freezing technology, who continues to advance new research demonstrating the broad applications and advantages of our technology from his home base at UT Austin.” ABOUT TFF PHARMACEUTICALS’ THIN FILM FREEZING TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM TFF Pharmaceuticals’ proprietary Thin Film Freezing (TFF) technology allows for the transformation of both existing compounds and new chemical entities into dry powder formulations exhibiting unique characteristics and benefits. The Thin Film Freezing process is a particle engineering process designed to generate dry powder particles with advantageous properties for inhalation, as well as parenteral, nasal, oral, topical and ocular routes of administration. The process can be used to engineer powders for direct delivery to the site of need, circumventing challenges of systemic administration and leading to improved bioavailability, faster onset of action, and improved safety and efficacy. The ability to deliver therapies directly to the target organ, such as the lung, allows TFF powders to be administered at lower doses compared to oral drugs, reducing unwanted toxicities and side effects. Laboratory data suggests the aerodynamic properties of the powders created by Thin Film Freezing can deliver as much as 75% of the dose to the deep lung. Thin Film Freezing does not introduce heat, shear stress, or other forces that can damage more complex therapeutic components, such as fragile biologics, and instead enables the reformulation of these materials into easily stored and temperature-stable dry powders, making therapeutics and vaccines more accessible for distribution worldwide. The advantages of Thin Film Freezing can be used to enhance traditional delivery or combined to enable next-generation pharmaceutical products. ABOUT TFF PHARMACEUTICALS TFF Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaging patented rapid freezing technology to develop and transform medicines into potent dry powder formulations for better efficacy, safety and stability. The company’s versatile Thin Film Freezing (TFF) technology platform has broad applicability to convert any drug, including vaccines, small and large molecules and biologics, into an elegant dry powder ​highly advantageous for inhalation, with improved absorption so drugs can also be delivered to the eyes, nose and topically to the skin. TFF has two lead drug candidates in the clinic: Voriconazole Inhalation Powder and Tacrolimus Inhalation Powder, and continues to expand its pipeline by collaborating with a broad array of pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions and government partners to revolutionize healthcare around the globe. The TFF Platform is protected by 120+ patents issued or pending in the U.S. and internationally.

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On Demand Pharmaceuticals Announces Preferred Supplier Relationship with Azzur Group

On Demand Pharmaceuticals, Azzur Group | June 02, 2022

On Demand Pharmaceuticals, Inc. an innovative technology company transforming the way medicines are made, announced that it has signed a Preferred Supplier agreement with Azzur Group through 2024. The transformation of ODP's Rockville Headquarters into a State-of-the-Art cGMP Medicine Manufacturing facility began with Azzur in the fall of 2020. Azzur collaborated in designing ODP's GMP Roadmap and helped develop the strategy and execution plan for ushering in this latest addition to Maryland's Biotech Hub. Building on the strategy, Azzur worked alongside ODP to initiate a Managed Services approach to execution, providing a single source for Commissioning services, Equipment rentals, Technology subscriptions, and a series of outsourced packages covering Environmental Monitoring, Training, and Documentation. "The flexibility Azzur demonstrated to accommodate the fluid nature of a startup and the challenges we all faced during the COVID-19 pandemic was remarkable. Having the ability to pull on a variety of resources and expertise, when we needed it, is the reason we entered this relationship." Dr. John Lewin, ODP's Chief Medical Officer Tita Tavares, the Director of Azzur Washington, D.C., said "Enabling ODP to implement their innovative approaches required beginning with compliance in mind. Our unique approach to the Compliance Services world parallels ODP's strengths for innovation and delivering value to customers. At Azzur Group, we deliver the cGMP solutions required to address the greatest challenges life science companies face at every stage of their life cycle. ODP is on their way to filing their first regulatory submission and we look forward to our future efforts together." About On Demand Pharmaceuticals On Demand Pharmaceuticals™ is an innovative technology company transforming how medicines are made so they can be produced on demand—whenever and wherever medicines are needed. Our breakthrough manufacturing technology platform, Pharmacy on Demand (PoD)™, can be quickly customized to produce anything from key starting materials to active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) and final formulated drugs and was recently named by the World Economic Forum and published in Scientific American as one of the top 10 emerging technologies of 2021. With this technology, we're on a mission to provide an adequate, safe, and reliable supply of medicines to every community across the world. About Azzur Group From Discovery to Delivery™, Azzur Group provides the life science community full life-cycle solutions for all their GxP needs. From Azzur Cleanrooms on Demand™ facilities, to our labs, training centers, and consulting offices across the nation, Azzur Group helps organizations start, scale, and sustain their growing enterprises. With nearly four decades of service to the life science community, we have become a trusted partner to the world's leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and healthcare companies, as well as their supply chain.

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Amylyx Pharmaceuticals Announces ALBRIOZA™ is Now Available in Canada for the Treatment of ALS

Amylyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc | August 01, 2022

Amylyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that ALBRIOZA™ is now commercially available in Canada for people living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALBRIOZA is an oral fixed-dose combination therapy that may reduce neuronal cell death as a stand-alone therapy or when added to existing treatments. In a clinical trial, ALBRIOZA significantly slowed disease progression and loss of functional decline in people living with ALS. “We have remained steadfast in our commitment to ensure ALBRIOZA would be available in Canada as quickly as possible following Health Canada’s decision to approve ALBRIOZA, with conditions, in June,” said Margaret Olinger, Chief Commercial Officer at Amylyx. “We are pleased that starting this week, we are ready to fill prescriptions for ALBRIOZA.” Amylyx filed reimbursement submissions to the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies and Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux in Quebec as part of an aligned Health Technology Assessments (HTA) review with Health Canada in parallel with the regulatory process to reduce the timelines required for patient access. The Company is continuing to work with the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance, Federal, Provincial, and Territorial public drug plans, and private insurers to expeditiously achieve listing and reimbursement, so that eligible Canadians living with ALS can have access to ALBRIOZA as quickly and efficiently as possible. “In Canada, prescription drugs undergo a thorough and often long review and approval process across regulatory, HTA, pricing negotiations, and formulary listing with public drug plans. In addition, private insurers have their own review and listing processes. We continue to work diligently to navigate reimbursement processes to pursue broad and equitable access to ALBRIOZA across all provinces in Canada.” Chris Aiello, General Manager and Head of Canada at Amylyx “Market availability is an important milestone in the available treatment options for people living with ALS,” said Tammy Moore, CEO of the ALS Society of Canada. “As we look forward, we do not want to see coverage decisions become a barrier to access, and we urge the decision-makers throughout the drug access and reimbursement process to work expeditiously to provide equitable access for all eligible Canadians living with ALS who are in desperate need.” As part of Amylyx’ continued commitment to the ALS community, through the Amylyx Care Team Support Program, Amylyx provides insurance navigation, treatment coordination and educational support for people living with ALS who have been prescribed ALBRIOZA in Canada and their caregivers. Eligibility and enrollment into the ACT Support Program can be discussed with prescribing health care professionals. About ALBRIOZA™ ALBRIOZA™ is an oral fixed-dose medication approved with conditions to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in Canada and with marketing applications pending in the United States and European Union. The combination of sodium phenylbutyrate and taurursodiol may reduce neuronal cell death, hypothesized to occur by simultaneously mitigating endoplasmic reticulum stress and mitochondrial dysfunction. ALBRIOZA is also being explored for the potential treatment of other neurodegenerative diseases. About Amylyx Pharmaceuticals Amylyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is committed to supporting and creating more moments for the neurodegenerative community through the discovery and development of innovative new treatments. Amylyx is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has operations in Canada and EMEA.

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