Q BioMed Announces Strategic Partnership With SRI International for Formulation and Preclinical Development of QBM-001 for Pediatric Nonverbal Disorder in Autistic Children
NEW YORK, December 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
Q BioMed Inc. (OTCQB: QBIO), a biotechnology acceleration company, is pleased to announce a collaborative agreement with SRI International to provide formulation development, preclinical development, and early clinical manufacturing of QBM-001, in support of Q BioMed's Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) drug development program for non-verbal or minimally verbal autistic children.
SRI has broad expertise in solving formulation, drug delivery, and characterization challenges of small molecule drugs and biologics. The formulation team, led by Dr. Gita Shankar, is experienced in the development of novel formulations that have reached clinical trials. They are currently developing a formulation for QBM-001 with relatable chemical properties and formulation requirements.
The preclinical studies for QBM-001 will be led by Dr. Stephen Morairty and his team in SRI's Center for Neuroscience. Dr. Morairty and his colleagues are experienced in working with several preclinical autism models.
"We are pleased to have found both experience with autism models and expertise in formulation of products like QBM-001 in SRI International," said Denis Corin, CEO of Q BioMed Inc. "This important step will be the catalyst for several milestones for QBM-001 over the next few months as we prepare clinical product for the trials we anticipate starting in 2019."
QBM-001 targets toddlers with pediatric developmental nonverbal disorder, where an underlying commonality may lead to developmental delay, an autism diagnosis and eventual nonverbal or very minimally verbal capability for the rest of their lives.
About Pediatric Development Nonverbal Disorder
There are approximately 18,000 new cases of pediatric developmental nonverbal disorder in the US each year and a similar amount in Europe. The majority of the children are diagnosed as young children and fall within the autism and epilepsy spectrum disorders. Individually, the economic cost for toddlers that become non- or minimally verbal is $10 million on average per person over a life span. Collectively, an estimated $200 billion is spent yearly on individuals who have become nonverbal in the US. Not all individuals who become nonverbal will benefit from QBM-001. However, with validated biomarkers, testing from trained specialists and genetic testing, children who fall into this targeted population can be identified, and will have a higher likelihood of responding to treatment.
About SRI International
SRI International creates world-changing solutions to make people safer, healthier, and more productive. SRI, a research center headquartered in Menlo Park, California, works primarily in advanced technology and systems, biosciences, computing, and education. SRI Biosciences is a well-established, trusted source for a wide array of contract services under the highest industry standards. With deep scientific resources and expertise, we take R&D from idea through the start of human clinical trials.
About Q BioMed Inc.
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