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Positive update on the development of new XF‐platform drug formulations

Collaboration with MedPharm Ltd. delivers data profiling new XFplatform drug formulations as potential treatments for dermal and ocular infections 

New formulations support a growing pipeline alongside lead drug asset, XF-73, currently in Phase 2b development with data anticipated in mid-2020

Brighton, United Kingdom – 20 January 2020 – Destiny Pharma (AIM: DEST), a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on the development of novel, hospital infection prevention treatments  that address the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), announces the completion of the initial phase of its project with MedPharm to develop new topical formulations of the Company’s novel XF‐platform drugs.

Further to forming the collaboration with MedPharm, as announced on 27 March 2019, the project has identified a range of new, stable XF formulations with promising drug release profiles and scope for delivery of XF drugs (including clinical stage XF-73, XF-70 and DPD-207 compounds) designed to treat dermal and ocular infections. These formulations will form the basis of XF drug delivery for Destiny Pharma’s pre-clinical and clinical programmes and treatments for both acute and chronic infections. Selected formulations will also be incorporated into ongoing grant funded projects including the Company’s UK-China AMR, Innovate UK grant funded collaboration, as announced on 25 January 2019.

Neil Clark, CEO of Destiny Pharma, commented:

“We are pleased to announce positive progress made during 2019 to develop new formulations of XF drugs from our novel antimicrobial XFplatform. There is an unmet medical need for novel anti-infectives that address dermal and ocular infections with a significantly reduced potential for generating antimicrobial resistance. We look forward to continuing to work with MedPharm to support the expansion of our pipeline as we take select formulations into our ongoing preclinical and clinical studies. Our lead drug candidate from the XF-platform, XF73 nasal gel, for the prevention of postsurgical infections, is currently in Phase 2b development with data expected in mid-2020.”

Eugene Ciolfi, CEO of MedPharm, commented:

“MedPharm’s rigorous development methodology and novel in vitro performance testing capabilities have supported the success of this project. We are delighted to be able to continue our collaboration with Destiny Pharma to advance and broaden its product pipeline and address this unmet medical need.”


MedPharm is a world leading contract provider of topical and transdermal product design and formulation development services using sophisticated in vitro models to de‐risk development programmes.

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Last Updated: 20-Jan-2020