Company Raises Commitment to Antiviral Research with Launch of Rodent Antiviral Drug Delivery Study with Potential COVID-19 Applications
Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (OTCQX:LXRP) (CSE:LXX) (the "Company" or "Lexaria"), a global innovator in drug delivery platforms, today provides an update on a previously announced antiviral research initiative and introduces a new research project with potential COVID-19 applications
On March 19 2020, Lexaria announced that it planned to conduct a pilot human pharmacokinetic exploratory study in healthy volunteers of antiviral drugs that have previously been studied against other coronavirus strains, comparing Lexaria's DehydraTECHTM formulations to controls without Lexaria's technology.
The ethics board approval required as a first step in this pilot study has now been received, conditional on further government regulatory approval also being granted. Lexaria will now begin the process of pursuing the necessary steps to file for approval from federal regulators.
In parallel with this, Lexaria is also announcing the launch of a separate rodent antiviral study to evaluate pharmacokinetic benefits from the use of DehydraTECH in the delivery of representative drugs from two classes of antiviral drugs heavily under investigation against COVID-19 today. The drugs to be used have already been processed with DehydraTECH and sent to the testing facility. Dosing of the rodents has already begun and study results are expected in December 2020.
"We are excited at this progress towards our pilot human study using our patented DehydraTECH platform in the delivery of antiviral drugs, and are continuing the process towards regulatory approval so we can advance this important study," said Chris Bunka, CEO of Lexaria. "Additionally, we are pleased to have started an animal study using DehydraTECH on certain potential COVID-19 drugs under investigation. Not only will this study help to determine whether DehydraTECH is capable of delivering higher proportionate doses of the antiviral drugs than generic versions of the drugs, but the outcomes should also be beneficial in gaining regulatory approval for the planned human study."
As background, many antiviral drugs are fat soluble and known to present significant bioavailability challenges in successfully reaching the human bloodstream in therapeutic quantities when administered in oral form. Lexaria's expertise in the enhanced oral delivery of fat-soluble drugs could offer significant benefits to antiviral drug administration that potentially could remove the need for costly and uncomfortable injected treatments frequently used today.
Additional research may include expanded pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic screening, including studies in appropriate coronavirus animal models with the antiviral drugs Lexaria is currently investigating and/or others from their classes for efficacy evaluation. If Lexaria's technology is proven to increase delivery effectiveness of antiviral drugs, the Company will make its technology available to researchers throughout the world looking to maximize the effectiveness of their own drug investigations.
Enhancement of delivery properties of antiviral drugs is consistent with Lexaria's strategy as a drug delivery platform innovator for multiple applications. The Company believes DehydraTECH may prove useful in the fight against COVID-19 and other viruses that are expected to be investigated in the future. Chris Bunka, CEO, is responsible for the accuracy of this news. The Company is not making any express or implied claims that its product has the ability to eliminate, cure or contain the Covid-19 (or SARS-2 Coronavirus) at this time.
Lexaria Bioscience Corp.'s (OTCQX: LXRP, CSE: LXX) proprietary drug delivery technology, DehydraTECH™, improves the way active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) enter the bloodstream by promoting healthier ingestion methods and increasing the effectiveness of fat-soluble active molecules, thereby lowering overall dosing. The Company's technology can be applied to many different ingestible product formats, including foods, beverages, oral suspensions, tablets, and capsules. DehydraTECH increases bio-absorption by up to 5-10x, reduces time of onset from 1 - 2 hours to 10 - 20 minutes, and masks unwanted tastes for orally administered bioactive molecules, including anti-virals, cannabinoids, vitamins, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), nicotine, and other molecules. Lexaria has licensed DehydraTECH to multiple companies including a world-leading tobacco producer for the development of smokeless, oral-based nicotine products and for use in industries that produce cannabinoid beverages, edibles, and oral products. Lexaria operates a licensed in-house research laboratory and holds a robust intellectual property portfolio with 16 patents granted and over 60 patents pending worldwide. For more information, please visit www.lexariabioscience.com.
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