July 8, 2020
WESTPORT, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ViralClear Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ViralClear), supported by Albany Molecular Research Inc., (AMRI), a leading global contract research, development, and manufacturing organization (CDMO), is undertaking research to investigate the potential of merimepodib to fight SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, either as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with other antiviral agents or immune modulators.
“As part of our ongoing development and commercialization strategy we are delighted to be working with AMRI as our second U.S.-based active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) supplier. The rapid transfer, scale-up, and validation of merimepodib API manufacture is key to our future supply chain and commercialization strategy,” commented Steve King, chief operating officer, ViralClear. “ViralClear is committed to using U.S.-based CDMOs for the development and commercialization of merimepodib.”
“AMRI is proud to partner with ViralClear in this vital effort of seeking a potential treatment for COVID-19,” said Christopher Conway, president, AMRI. “Our team is committed to applying the expertise and experience we’re renowned for to help combat this complex global health challenge.”
About ViralClear Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Merimepodib (MMPD)
BioSig Technologies, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: BSGM) subsidiary, ViralClear Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is seeking to develop a novel pharmaceutical called merimepodib to treat patients with COVID-19. Merimepodib is intended to be orally administered, and has demonstrated broad-spectrum in vitro antiviral activity, including strong activity against SARS-CoV-2 in cell cultures. Merimepodib was previously in development as a treatment for chronic hepatitis C and psoriasis by Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Vertex), with 12 clinical trials (7 in phase 1 and 5 in phase 2) with over 400 subjects and patients and an extensive preclinical safety package was completed. A manuscript titled, “The IMPDH inhibitor merimepodib provided in combination with the adenosine analogue Remdesivir reduces SARS-CoV-2 replication to undetectable levels in vitro”, was submitted to an online peer-reviewed life sciences journal. This manuscript is authored by Natalya Bukreyeva, Rachel A. Sattler, Emily K. Mantlo, John T. Manning, Cheng Huang and Slobodan Paessler of the UTMB Galveston National Laboratory and Dr. Jerome Zeldis of ViralClear Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“ViralClear”) as a corresponding author. This article highlights pre-clinical data generated under contract with Galveston National Laboratory at The University of Texas Medical Branch.
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