Lexaria Bioscience (NASDAQ: LEXX), a global innovator in drug-delivery platforms, has released a summary of its 2021 antiviral drug program so far this year, noting that all objectives in evaluating its proprietary DehydraTECH(TM) drug-delivery platform have been achieved. In addition, the company also discussed next steps. In short, the company stated that it has successfully tested and released summary results on five different compounds from three antiviral drug classes, with results gathered that indicate up to a threefold increase in oral drug delivery into the bloodstream upon animal testing when processed with DehydraTECH. According to the announcement, the company has been able to determine whether DehydraTECH processing of compounds from leading classes of antiviral drugs for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19, HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases had the ability to exhibit evidence of superior oral absorption relative to controls. In addition, testing has shown whether DehydraTECH processing of those compounds could preserve expected viral inhibitory performance upon efficacy testing in infected mammalian cells. In addition, the company noted that DehydraTECH neither alters nor degrades drug molecules chemically, resulting in the creation of new molecular entities. Looking forward, the company’s drug-testing program will likely include larger in vivo efficacy evaluations in animals infected with SARS-CoV-2, HIV or other infectious viruses. The announcement noted that Lexaria is focused on a comprehensive, multipronged program designed to gather and evaluate proof-of-concept safety, efficacy and formulation/scalability feasibility data for potential pharmaceutical industry partners to evaluate for expanded, collaborative product development.
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About Lexaria Bioscience Corp.
Lexaria Bioscience’s proprietary drug-delivery technology, DehydraTECH(TM), improves the way active pharmaceutical ingredients (“APIs”) enter the bloodstream by promoting healthier oral ingestion methods and increasing the effectiveness of fat-soluble active molecules, thereby lowering overall dosing. The company’s technology can be applied to many different ingestible product formats including foods, beverages, oral suspensions, tablets and capsules. Since 2016, DehydraTECH has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to increase bio-absorption of cannabinoids and nicotine by up to 5 to 10 times, reduce time of onset from one to two hours to minutes, and mask unwanted tastes; the technology is planned to be further evaluated for orally administered bioactive molecules including anti-viral drugs, vitamins, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and more. Lexaria has licensed DehydraTECH to multiple companies including a world-leading tobacco producer for the development of smokeless, oral-based nicotine products and for use in industries that produce cannabinoid beverages, edibles and oral products. Lexaria operates a licensed in-house research laboratory and holds a robust intellectual property portfolio with 20 patents granted and more than 50 patents pending worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit www.LexariaScience.com.
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