Immunotherapy for treatment of food allergies as easy as brushing your teeth? Based on the principles of Oral Mucosal Immunotherapy (OMIT), the concept taken a big step forward toward realization.
Intrommune Therapeutics — the New York-based biotech firm developing the therapy platform — announced the acceptance of their Investigational New Drug (IND) application by the US Food and Drug Administration for its peanut allergy therapy, INT301. Acceptance of the IND means the company can begin human studies to determine the safety and efficacy of INT301.
The company also envisions similar therapies for other food allergies based upon their toothpaste delivery platform.
Read their press release below to learn more about Intrommune and INT301.
Intrommune Receives IND Clearance From U.S. Food and Drug Administration for INT301
Milestone Marks Advance for Oral Mucosal Immunotherapy for Peanut Allergies
NEW YORK, Feb. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Intrommune Therapeutics, a New York-based biotechnology company developing a patient-friendly treatment platform for peanut and other food allergies, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the Investigational New Drug application (IND) for its lead product, INT301. INT301 is an oral mucosal immunotherapy (OMIT) in development for the treatment of peanut allergies. INT301’s unique formulation is designed to desensitize an individual with peanut allergy using a toothpaste delivery system.
The active IND enables Intrommune to initiate its clinical program to assess the tolerability, safety, and efficacy of INT301 in peanut allergic patients.
“The FDA’s acceptance of our IND validates our novel OMIT platform — marking a significant milestone for Intrommune and enabling INT301 to advance into the clinic,” said Michael Nelson, CEO, Intrommune Therapeutics. “We look forward to initiating our clinical programs to confirm the power of our OMIT toothpaste to potentially transform the lives of patients with peanut allergies.”
Approximately 6 million people, including an estimated 1.7 million children, have peanut allergy in the U.S. If approved, INT301 has the potential to be the first allergy immunotherapy treatment that easily integrates into a person’s daily routine as both first-line and long-term maintenance therapy for peanut allergy.
“The OMIT platform is expected to improve allergy immunotherapy by increasing the precision of treatment delivery and promoting treatment adherence,” said Erick Berglund, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Intrommune Therapeutics. “OMIT delivers immunotherapy to the oral mucosa, which has the highest likelihood of initiating allergy desensitization. Targeted delivery of medication is expected to decrease the rate of side effects linked to swallowing food allergy proteins, including eosinophilic esophagitis, gastrointestinal discomfort and potentially life-threatening anaphylaxis that requires the use of emergency epinephrine.”
“Today marks an inflection point in the treatment of the historically high unmet patient need area of peanut allergies with a targeted approach to desensitization — via this simple and elegant solution of a fully-functional toothpaste which has daily adherence and compliance conveniently ‘baked’ into the platform. Furthermore, I expect the absence of a restrictive REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy) for the administration of INT301, providing ease-of-access for patients,” said Abhit Singh MD, Chief Regulatory Officer, Intrommune Therapeutics.
About Peanut and Other Food Allergies
Food allergies affect an estimated 220 million people, including approximately 32 million people in the U.S. Management of food allergies currently focuses on avoidance of exposure to triggering foods, though many such foods such as peanuts are common ingredients in food products and therefore difficult to avoid. Many people with peanut allergy are accidentally exposed and experience potentially life-threatening reactions, including anaphylaxis, each year. Unfortunately, food allergy remains an area of tremendous unmet medical need.
About Oral Mucosal Immunotherapy
Oral mucosal immunotherapy (OMIT) uses a specially formulated toothpaste to stabilize and deliver allergenic proteins to immunologically active areas of the oral cavity with the greatest potential for allergy desensitization. Success with allergy immunotherapy hinges on consistent exposure of a patient’s immune system to gradually “desensitize” the patient to the specific allergy trigger over time. OMIT promises advantages over other approaches to allergy immunotherapy due to its targeted delivery, simplified administration, and support of reliable, long-term adherence.
About Intrommune Therapeutics
Intrommune, dedicated to improving and protecting the lives of people with food allergy, is developing the revolutionary oral mucosal immunotherapy (OMIT) treatment platform for food allergies. OMIT offers a potential a long-term, patient-friendly, disease-modifying solution for the 220 million people, including approximately 32 million people in the U.S., who suffer from life-altering food allergies. Intrommune’s lead product, INT301, is expected to be a safe, effective, and convenient therapy for patients who suffer from peanut allergy.
For more information on Intrommune Therapeutics, please visit http://www.intrommune.com
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