Molecular Profiles to Formulate Psoriasis Drug in Multi-Firm Project

By Dan Stanton

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Molecular profiles chosen in multi-company consortium to develop psoriasis drug
Molecular profiles chosen in multi-company consortium to develop psoriasis drug
Molecular Profiles has been chosen to develop topical and solid dose formulations of a preclinical psoriasis treatment as part of a multicompany conglomerate led by Telormedix.

The UK-based contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO) is just one of a number of companies involved in the project, spearheaded by clinical stage Swiss biopharmaceutical firm Telormedix, along with Biopta, Midatech Biogune and the University Hospital Zurich.

“The project duration is 2 years, and the goal of the project is to develop two product formats (topical and oral) containing the Telormedix molecule TMX30X for the treatment of Psoriasis,”​ Steve Kemp - Molecular Profiles’ VP - told Outsourcing-Pharma.com.

“The projects will be to proof of concept in an animal model,”​ he continued, adding “the funding of the project has come from the European funding agency, Eurostars.

“This entailed Telormedix putting together a consortium of companies, who then provided proposals for the work packages in accordance with the objective set by Telormedix.”

Molecular Profiles will formulate the candidate TMX-302 using Midatech’s glycan-coated gold nanoparticle (GNP) proprietary technology which - according to Midatech - is, due to the size of the GNPs, suited for movement into cells and through the walls of blood vessels whilst fostering elimination through kidney and biliary clearance.

“The TMX-302 molecule exhibits good water-solubility but poor permeability. The purpose of the GNP presentation is to enhance the permeability of the TMX-302 molecule,” ​Kemp said.

New Facility and Recent Developments

The selection of Molecular Profiles to formulate the drug was due to two things, Kemp told us: “Our facilities, and our expertise in being able to deliver two dose formats from the same company.”

The firm recently completed a new £9m ($13.5m) facility​ in Nottingham, UK, opening its doors after receiving regulatory approval from the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in July.

Furthermore, kemp said: “Our ability to take the molecule through pre-clinical proof of concept into clinical development (Phase IIb) was also a contributing factor - meaning Telormedix would not have to use more than one CDMO to deliver this project.”

The announcement comes a week after we reported Molecular profiles had been acquired by Columbia Laboratories who paid $25m (€18.7m) for the CDMO​ earlier this month, adding a number of execs to its board.

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