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RALEIGH, N.C., July 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Innovate Biopharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq:INNT), a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on developing novel medicines for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, announced today it has agreed to collaborate with James P. Nataro, MD, PhD, MBA, the Benjamin Armistead Shepherd Professor and Chair, Director of Children's Services, UVA Children's Hospital of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, whose research is focused on the study of enteric bacteria and their roles in health and disease.
Dr. Nataro commented, “I am excited by this collaboration. Abnormalities of intestinal permeability underlie a host of human diseases such as environmental enteric dysfunction, known as EED. EED is a disorder that afflicts millions of children around the world, leading to growth faltering, cognitive delay and impaired resistance to infection.”
Dr. Nataro has published extensively on intestinal infection and gut health among children in the U.S. and around the world. Dr. Nataro’s lab is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and independent foundations. His current work on larazotide is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Christopher Prior, Ph.D., CEO of Innovate, stated, “Larazotide is the only known molecule in late stage clinical trials that specifically restores intestinal barrier function. We are pleased to be collaborating with Dr. Nataro, and the University of Virginia School of Medicine to research the effects of larazotide on EED. We believe that EED is an unmet need with no current treatment and a serious health concern for millions of children globally.”
Environmental enteric dysfunction is a common malady afflicting millions of children who live in impoverished circumstances around the world. EED is characterized by intestinal inflammation and abnormal permeability, and results in growth faltering and malnutrition. Although the precise cause of EED remains elusive, gut bacteria are thought to play a role in its pathogenesis.
About Innovate Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
Innovate is a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on developing novel therapeutics for immuno-inflammatory diseases. Innovate’s lead drug candidate, larazotide acetate, has a mechanism of action that renormalizes the dysfunctional intestinal barrier by decreasing intestinal permeability and reducing antigen trafficking, such as gliadin fragments in celiac disease, and bacterial toxins and immunogenic antigens in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). In several diseases, including celiac disease, NASH, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM), chronic kidney disease (CKD), the intestinal barrier is dysfunctional with increased permeability.
In celiac disease, larazotide is the only drug which has successfully met the primary endpoint with statistical significance in a Phase 2b efficacy clinical trial (342 patients). Innovate successfully completed the End of Phase 2 Meeting with the FDA in 2017 and is preparing to begin Phase 3 registration clinical trials for celiac disease later in 2018. In clinical trials testing of more than 800 patients, larazotide demonstrated a favorable safety profile comparable to placebo for long-term chronic administration. Larazotide has received Fast Track designation from the FDA for celiac disease.
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SOURCE: Innovate Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.