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NANO4DERM: Making ps_ri_sis and ac_e invisible

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The research project Nano4Derm will focus on the development of innovative formulations containing nanoencapsulated active ingredients for the treatment of inflammatory skin diseases, such as Acne and Psoriasis

This project will lead to the development of two types of nanocapsules containing active ingredients aiming to address current unmet needs and challenges, such as antimicrobial resistance, and will provide improved topical treatments in terms of side effects, instability of active ingredients, and skin penetration


Barcelona, 18h July,  2017. Almirall, S.A. announced today the launch of Nano4Derm, a research project in collaboration with the Institute of Material Science of Barcelona from CSIC (ICMAB-CSIC), and Leitat Technology Center, focused in nanomedicine applied to treat dermatological diseases. Within the framework of this research project, new innovative formulations containing nanoencapsulated active ingredients will be developed for the topical treatment of inflammatory skin conditions, such as Acne and Psoriasis.

Nano4Derm involves the development and physico-chemical and biological characterisation of nanocapsules containing active ingredients, and the generation of scalable formulation prototypes for manufacturing nanoformulations suitable for clinical trials. These innovative formulations will address current unmet needs and challenges, such as antimicrobial resistance, and provide improved topical treatments for Acne and Psoriasis, in terms of side effects, instability of active ingredients, and skin penetration.

Under the terms of the agreement, ICMAB-CSIC and Leitat research centers will be in charge of developing the different prototypes of nanocapsules containing the active ingredients while Almirall will be responsible for the development of formulations containing the encapsulated actives. Furthermore, Almirall and Leitat will evaluate in preclinical studies both the new nanocapsules and formulations in order to select the best solution to address the unmet medical needs in the topical treatment of Acne and Psoriasis.

This agreement will lead to the development of two types of nanocapsules: Quatsomes and Polymeric Nanocapsules. Quatsomes are lipid nanoparticles with higher colloidal stability than liposomes, which favors the production of high quality, pharmaceutical formulations. They are obtained from the DELOS-SUSP, a technology developed by researchers from the Nanomol group (ICMAB-CSIC) based on the use of supercritical fluids such as CO2. This technology has advantages over other manufacturing methodologies in terms of homogeneity and scalability, as it replaces the use of organic solvents by green solvents. Polymeric Nanocapsules are developed by the Leitat Technology Center, and provide versatility to the project as they can be designed with different drug release profiles depending on the needs being addressed.

This project is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO) through the announcement of the State Program for R&D&i (2016), orientated to the Society Challenges, modality RETOS-Collaboration 2016, and co-financed by FEDER funds from the European Commission.

 

About Nanomol (ICMAB-CSIC)

NANOMOL is a research group depending on the Institute of Material Science of Barcelona from CSIC, with wide expertise and recognized excellence in the synthesis, processing and study of molecular and polymeric materials with chemical, electronic, magnetic and biomedical properties. NANOMOL is also a member of Biomedical Research Networking center in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN) and of the technology transfer network TECNIO from ACC1Ó-Generalitat de Catalunya. The development by Nanomol of the different prototypes of nanocapsules will be performed in the ICTS “NANBIOSIS”, more specifically by the Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit (U6) of the CIBER in Bioengineering, Biomaterials & NanomedicIne located at the ICMAB-CSIC.

 

About Leitat

Leitat is a multisectoral private technological center whose mission is to collaborate with companies and other entities to create economic, social and sustainable value, through R+D+2i projects and technological processes from innovation and creativity. Leitat is a brand of the private entity Acondicionamiento Tarrasense and is recognized by the Generalitat de Catalunya (ACCIÓ) and by MINECO.

The Division of Nanomedicine and nanobiosensors of Leitat develops nanosystems for therapeutic application in order to solve specific problems in safety and, absorption issues and improvement of the efficacy of some API. In addition, related to diagnosis the group develops nanoparticles for specific recognition of analytes for the improvement of the sensitivity and signal amplification of biosensor systems.

The Efficacy and Safety Unit of Leitat also participates in Nano4Derm project, which has extensive experience in the development and application of in vitro models for the toxicological and efficacy evaluation of diverse natural products, from the pharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetics and food industries. In the pharmaceutical sector, the Unit acts as a strategic provider in Drug Discovery and pharmaceutical development processes. In recent years this unit has been involved in the development and biological characterisation of micro- and nano-delivery systems for topical application.

 

About Almirall

Almirall is a global pharmaceutical company with a strong focus in Dermatology and Aesthetics with the mission of providing valuable medicines and medical devices to you and future generations. Our R&D is focused on Dermatology, with a wide range of programs including key indications. Through our innovative products, agreements and alliances, our work covers the entire drug value chain. Almirall is continually growing as a specialist company in a wide range of skin diseases, in order to cover our customers unmet needs.

Founded in 1943, headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, Almirall is listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange (ticker: ALM) and it has become a source of value creation for society due to its vision and the commitment of its long-standing major shareholders. In 2016, its revenues totaled 859.3 million euros and, with more than 2,000 employees, it has gradually built up a trusted presence across Europe, as well as in the US.

For more information, please visit www.almirall.com

 

Media contact: Cohn & Wolfe

Adriana Ibargüen (Adriana.ibarguen@cohnwolfe.com)/RebecaRocha (Rebeca.rocha@cohnwolfe.com)

Tel.: (+34) 91 531 42 67                                             

Investors & Corporate communication contact: Almirall

Pablo Divasson del Fraile

Tel (+34) 93 291 30 87

 

Disclaimer

This document includes only summary information and does not intend to be comprehensive. Facts, figures and opinions contained herein, other than historical, are “forward-looking statements”. These statements are based on currently available information and on best estimates and assumptions believed to be reasonable by the Company. These statements involve risks and uncertainties beyond the Company’s control. Therefore, actual results may differ materially from those stated by such forward-looking statements. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to review or update any forward-looking statements, targets or estimates contained in this document to reflect any change in the assumptions, events or circumstances on which such forward-looking statements are based unless so required by applicable law.

Almirall + Mercachem = Looking for new cytokine blockers

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Almirall focuses on the improvement of inflammatory skin diseases. Almirall will support Mercachem’s cytokine blockers program to identify and develop novel small molecule therapeutics

The cytokine blockers program has its origin in the collaboration of Mercachem with Vipergen using its unique DNA-encoded library and BTE assay technology

Mercachem will receive an upfront payment and research fees to perform medicinal chemistry activities and progress the program. Mercachem is also eligible to receive further development milestones.

Almirall will fund Mercachem’s research in this area and perform any future pre- clinical, clinical, regulatory and commercial activities.


Barcelona, Spain, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 21st December 2016 – Almirall S.A. and Mercachem announced today that they have entered into an exclusive discovery collaboration focusing on the development of oral cytokine blockers for the treatment of inflammatory skin diseases.

Under the terms of the agreement, Mercachem will perform iterative optimization campaigns towards the identification of oral cytokine blockers for Almirall to further develop. Almirall will fund Mercachem’s research in this area and perform any future pre- clinical, clinical, regulatory and commercial activities.

Mercachem will receive an upfront payment of EUR 1 million, research fees and is eligible to receive development milestone payments of up to in total maximum of EUR 5.5 million.

Thomas Eichholtz, CSO of Almirall, commented: “We are very happy to enter this research collaboration with Mercachem as it gives us access to groundbreaking technology that allows the identification of small molecules that can block protein-protein interactions. This opens up a whole new category of drug targets of great interest for our therapeutic area, dermatology. The collaboration is another example of our external innovation strategy”.

Gerhard Müller, Senior Vice President Medicinal Chemistry of Mercachem commented: “We  are  delighted  to partner  one of  our in-house innovation  projects with Almirall pursuing lead finding and optimization for a truly challenging target”. He further added: “In a previous joint collaboration with Vipergen we could demonstrate that deep sampling of DNA-encoded libraries employing Vipergen’s BTE assay technology delivered valuable hit classes with high medicinal chemistry utility to address difficult target systems”.

 

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About Mercachem

Mercachem is a privately owned leading European contract research organization offering innovative chemistry, medicinal chemistry and early process research services and GMP production to accelerate the drug discovery and development process in a flexible and cost-effective way. Working for many pharmaceutical and biotech companies throughout the world, Mercachem is recognized for its high-quality products and services and its unprecedented problem solving capabilities.

More information on Mercachem can be found on the company website www.mercachem.com.

Business Development contact: Mercachem

Jan Schultz (Jan.schultz@mercachem.com)

Tel.: + (31) 24 3723300

 

About Almirall

Almirall is a global company based in Barcelona dedicated to providing valuable medicines and medical devices through its R&D, agreements and alliances. Our work covers the whole of the drug value chain. A consolidated growth allows us to devote our talent and efforts towards specialty areas and particularly to further grow as a leading Dermatology player. We are a specialist company, enabling us to accomplish the purpose of taking our innovative products wherever they are needed.

Founded in 1943, Almirall is listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange (ticker: ALM) and it has become a source of value creation for society due to its vision and the commitment of its long-standing major shareholders. In 2015, its revenues totaled 769 million euros and, with 1.800 employees, it has gradually built up a trusted presence across Europe, as well as in the USA.

For more information, please visit www.almirall.com.

Media contact: Cohn & Wolfe

Adriana Ibargüen (Adriana.ibarguen@cohnwolfe.com)/RebecaRocha (Rebeca.rocha@cohnwolfe.com)

Tel.: (+34) 91 531 42 67                                             

Investors & Corporate communication contact: Almirall

Pablo Divasson del Fraile

Tel (+34) 93 291 30 87

 

Disclaimer

This document includes only summary information and does not intend to be comprehensive. Facts, figures and opinions contained herein, other than historical, are “forward-looking statements”. These statements are based on currently available information and on best estimates and assumptions believed to be reasonable by the Companies. These statements involve risks and uncertainties beyond the Companies’ control. Therefore, actual results may differ materially from those stated by such forward-looking statements. The Companies expressly disclaim any obligation to review or update any forward-looking statements, targets or estimates contained in this document to reflect any change in the assumptions, events or circumstances on which such forward-looking statements are based unless so required by applicable law.