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Company Receives $1.9 Million Grant to Advance Microneedle Patch Therapy for Food Allergies

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Moonlight Therapeutics, Inc, a biotechnology company developing treatments for food allergies, announced a $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The grant will enable the company to complete its pre-clinical activities and submit an Investigational New Drug Application for the peanut allergy treatment with the Food and Drug Administration. 

Moonlight’s proprietary treatment platform dubbed TASISTargeted Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy within the Skin — involves the application of a small, minimally invasive “dermal stamp” that targets the delivery of allergen proteins to the immune cells in the top layer of skin, subsequently desensitizing the patient from a food allergy over time. The stamp is designed for at-home self-administration and is applied for only a few minutes and then discarded.

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The approach has shown encouraging results in animal models of peanut and other allergies.

Said Samir Patel, Moonlight Therapeutics co-founder and CEO:

We are excited to receive the latest funding so that we can move one step closer to bringing this treatment to the clinic. We will now focus on completing our pre-clinical research and begin to raise funding for our first clinical trial in peanut allergic individuals.

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Said Dr Brian Vickery, Director of the Food Allergy Center at Emory and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta:

Allergists have very few treatment options for treating peanut and other food allergies. Moonlight Therapeutics is working on a treatment that has the potential to help address a significant unmet need and we’re eager to evaluate its potential in clinical trials.

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