TORONTO, April 18, 2018 /CNW/ - Delivra Corp. ("Delivra", or "the Company") today announced the publication of positive data from a pre-clinical study demonstrating the safety and greater bioavailability of transdermal berberine and dihydroberberine (DHB) for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease related to high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. These results were published in the respected peer-reviewed scientific journal, PLOS ONE, under the title, "Comparative Pharmacokinetics and Safety Assessment of Transdermal Berberine and Dihydroberberine". The article may be found at the following link: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0194979.
"This promising data supports Delivra's research and proprietary development of topical berberine and DHB's effectiveness to successfully reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels. In certain cases, this treatment may provide a natural alternative to the use of statin drugs. A Delivra-berberine therapy could avoid the side effects associated with statin drugs, including, muscle pain, liver damage, upset stomach and a range of neurological issues. This achievement represents a platform in reducing cholesterol, triglycerides and other forms of cardiovascular disease and demonstrates our proprietary transdermal delivery system has the capability to effectively deliver a broad range of pharmaceutical and natural molecules to continue to build our pharmaceutical portfolio," said Dr. Joseph Gabriele, CEO of Delivra.
Transdermal DHB from Delivra overcomes challenges of oral medications, showing 7-times higher concentration levels in the blood than oral, with no gastrointestinal side effects. Furthermore, in a previous study, transdermal DHB proved more effective than oral in reducing cholesterol and triglycerides in a model of metabolic disease.
Delivra has a PCT patent application to protect its unique berberine formulations. This publication, authored by Beth Buchanan, Qingfang Meng, Mathieu-Marc Poulin, Jonathan Zuccolo, Chike Azike, Joseph Gabriele, and David Baranowski, was partially supported by Innovation PEI through a post-doctoral award, by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency through equipment funding, and by the National Research Council - Industrial Research Assistance Program.
ABOUT DELIVRA CORP.
Delivra Corp. is a specialty biotechnology company having a proprietary transdermal delivery system platform that can shuttle pharmaceutical and natural molecules through the skin, in a targeted manner. Delivra manufactures and sells a growing line of natural topical creams with the proprietary transdermal delivery system platform under the LivReliefTM brand, for conditions such as joint and muscle pain, nerve pain, varicose veins, wound healing, and under the LivSportTM brand for sports performance. LivReliefTM products are available in pharmacies, grocery chains, and independent health food stores across Canada, including, but not limited to, Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, Loblaw, Rexall, Pharmasave, London Drugs, and on-line at www.livrelief.com. In parallel with its consumer products business, Delivra also has a mandate to license its patent-pending, proprietary transdermal delivery technology platform to pharmaceutical companies globally, for the repurposing of pharmaceutical molecules transdermally to treat a broad range of conditions, along with licensing its over-the-counter products globally. Delivra is headquartered in Hamilton, Ontario and has a research and development laboratory in Charlottetown, PEI.
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