Healthcare Industry News: lung infection
News Release - June 5, 2017
Novoteris, LLC Receives FDA and Health Canada Clearance to Start a Phase 2 Clinical Trial of Its Thiolanox(R) Nitric Oxide for the Treatment of Cystic FibrosisGARDEN GROVE, Calif., June 5, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Novoteris, LLC, a clinical stage medical device and pharmaceutical developer focused on innovative nitric oxide gas applications, announced today that both the US Food and Drug Administration and the Therapeutic Products Directorate of Health Canada have cleared its Phase 2 clinical trial application. Novoteris will now begin recruiting subjects into its Phase 2 trial that will be using inhaled nitric oxide for the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis (CF).
This multi-center trial will randomize sixty subjects recruited from five cystic fibrosis research centers (Seattle, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Charleston and Vancouver) to either Thiolanox® nitric oxide product or a placebo treatment, delivered with its unique computerized trace-gas mixing system. The Novoteris investigators' Phase 1 pilot trial in Europe reported encouraging microbiological and significant lung function changes following two weeks of the same treatment in patients with CF. The broad-spectrum anti-microbial property of nitric oxide widens the enrollment eligibility of subjects in this Phase 2 trial with the only exclusion being for Non-Tuberculosis Mycobacterium (NTM), which will be studied in separately planned trials. Gaseous nitric oxide's potent antimicrobial properties, lack of bacterial resistance, and small molecule penetration capabilities could provide a promising alternative, non-antibiotic approach to treating infections in people living with the disease.
"The clearances by the FDA and Health Canada will enable us to advance our work with this novel therapy and represents an important step for Novoteris," stated Alex Stenzler, President of Novoteris.
About Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder that affects the lungs most critically. Difficulty breathing is the most serious symptom, which results from frequent lung infections that are most often treated with lifelong inhaled antibiotics. Development of drug resistance to available antibiotics is a major concern for patients with CF.
About Nitric Oxide
Nitric oxide is a molecule naturally produced by the body and plays an important role in every organ system, including the innate defense system against microorganisms. Externally delivered nitric oxide has been demonstrated to be an effective antimicrobial agent against a broad spectrum of microbes, including drug resistant strains. A lower concentration of nitric oxide is already an approved drug on the market from other manufacturers for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension in newborns. "This new application brings years of work with nitric oxide gas for antimicrobial uses to the clinical forefront," added Dr. Miller, Chief Technology Advisor.
About Novoteris, LLC
Novoteris, LLC is a privately held limited liability company managed by a group of international industry veterans and clinicians involved in developing and producing innovative, cutting-edge medical products. The company was formed in 2013 to consolidate the nitric oxide assets and other resources from 12th Man Technologies, Inc. (Garden Grove, CA) and Nitric Solutions, Inc. (Vancouver, Canada) for the completion of inhaled nitric oxide trials for the treatment of patients with cystic fibrosis. The company received Orphan Drug designations for the treatment of cystic fibrosis from both the FDA and EMA in 2013. Novoteris is headquartered in Garden Grove, California with an EU entity in Belgium (Novoteris GVC). For additional information, please visit www.novoteris.com.
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