OptiNose, a privately held specialty biopharmaceutical company, today presented data from two phase 3 trials investigating the clinical efficacy and safety of the Company’s novel Exhalation Delivery Systems (EDS) in patients with Chronic Rhinosinusitis (CRS) with and without nasal polyps (the former also referred to simply as “Nasal Polyposis”). The findings were presented at the American Rhinologic Society’s Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.
“We are thrilled to present Phase 3 data on the use of our fluticasone exhalation delivery system (EDS-FLU), which we believe can help to better treat this deeply underserved patient population,” said Peter Miller, CEO, OptiNose. “Although almost everyone with this disease tries conventional nasal steroid sprays at some point, including in many instances before or after nasal surgery, many continue to suffer from chronic symptoms. Based on the Phase 3 data announced today, we are confident that EDS-FLU has potential to really help patients and we look forward to completing the next steps to make this important product available to doctors and patients, including filing of a new drug application with the FDA.”
Findings presented today include:
“Data suggests that there may be tens of millions of people in the U.S. with symptoms of CRS. This condition is not allergic rhinitis, and many of these patients still report symptoms despite the availability of current treatments. Today’s intranasal corticosteroids, a category including drugs like Flonase or Nasonex, use conventional nasal sprays to deliver the medicine and are considered first line therapy in published treatment guidelines; however, a substantial burden of unmet need still exists for many patients. The data presented today are exciting because they suggest that the new Exhalation Delivery System may become a valuable addition to currently available treatment alternatives,” said Ramy Mahmoud, MD, MPH, President of OptiNose. “Exhalation Delivery Systems are intended to deliver medicine high and deep in the nose. Fluticasone is the most widely used nasal steroid today, and we are hopeful that a product using a new Exhalation Delivery System to deliver such a well-established medicine will earn a place in the future standard of care.”
OptiNose is a Specialty Pharmaceutical Company developing a promising pipeline of late stage new products. The Company’s patented bi-directional Breath Powered® exhalation delivery technology platform is designed to create differentiated treatments by enabling high and deep intranasal drug deposition. OptiNose successfully out-licensed a first product at the end of phase 3 (Onzetra™ Xsail™, licensed to Avanir in North America, since acquired by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co), and has reported clinical success with other products, including the EDS-FLU (OPN-375), an investigational treatment in development for chronic nasal inflammatory diseases which has completed Phase 3 in subjects with nasal polyposis. Other OptiNose pipeline products also target large markets with significant unmet need, including nose-to-brain technology applications such as OPN-300 for Autism. OptiNose has corporate offices in the US, Norway and the UK.
About OptiNose’s Closed Palate Bi-Directional™ Breath Powered ® Exhalation Delivery Technology
OptiNose’s patented closed-palate bi-directional Breath Powered exhalation delivery technology is unique in that it uses the natural functions of a user’s breath to propel medications beyond the nasal valve into deep, targeted areas of the nasal cavity, working differently than conventional nasal sprays. A user exhales into the device, creating a natural closure of the soft palate and sealing off the nasal cavity completely. The exhaled breath carries medication from the device into one side of the nose through a specially shaped sealing nosepiece. Narrow nasal passages are gently expanded and medication is transported beyond the nasal valve to targeted sites. After passing through the targeted regions, the exhaled air balances the pressure across the soft palate and opens a passage so that it can flow around to the opposite side of the nasal cavity and exit through the other side of the nose, rather than into the throat or lungs.
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Last updated on: 16/09/2016
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