Avixgen releases pipeline updates for new drugs


The company is currently developing treatments for age related macular degeneration as injections and eye drops, among others.

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The company is currently developing treatments for age related macular degeneration as injections and eye drops, among other products. (Image Credit: Adobe Stock/mguido)

DxVx, which has acquired an approximate 63% stake in Avixgen, released updates on the company’s pipelines for new drug development. These updates note the progress on new treatments for dry eye disease, age-related macular edema, and atopic dermatitis.

Avixgen is currently focusing on dry eye disease which is believed to have the highest potential for commercialization. Avixgen completed Phase 1 clinical trials in Korea through Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University Hospital and Catholic University St. Mary Hospital and plans to conduct Phase 2 clinical trials in Korea and United States simultaneously. Avixgen's main goal for this pipeline is to develop a drug with the long-lasting efficacy and reduce side effects comparing to existing drugs.

Treatments for age related macular degeneration are being developed as injections and eye drops. The new treatments are expected to have higher efficacy with less side effects owing to the novel mechanism different from existing treatments. In particular, in case of eye drops for age related macular degeneration, anti-angiogenic effects were confirmed at doses 5 to 20 times lower than those of existing drug in rabbit tests and still maintained the efficacy even 28 days after treatment, while the existing drugs' efficacy was completely disappeared. For the injection, Phase 1 clinical trials have been successfully completed at Seoul National University Hospital and Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center.

Atopic dermatitis treatment is being developed with a new mechanism to improve inflammatory diseases using non-steroidal substances. It is expected to reduce side effects such as itching and burning feeling, eczema and dermatosis triggered by conventional treatments. Phase 1 clinical trials is scheduled to resume in the first half of next year at Hyundai Asan Meical Center, Sinchon Severance Hospital and H Plus Yangi Hospital

In the press release, an official from Avixgen said, "Through participation in national drug development projects and collaboration with its parent company DxVx, we plan to expedite the pipeline development and pursue an IPO in 2025 ultimately."

Avixgen accelerates the progress on new drug pipeline development. Press release. DxVx; May 24, 2023. Accessed May 25, 2023. https://en.prnasia.com/releases/apac/avixgen-accelerates-the-progress-on-new-drug-pipeline-development-405179.shtml
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