VANCOUVER, Oct. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - iCo Therapeutics Inc. ("iCo" or "the Company") (TSX-V: ICO) (OTCQX: ICOTF) today announced that the company has engaged Corealis Pharma Inc. ("Corealis") a contract manufacturing organization, for analytical development, formulation optimization and scale-up of the amphotericin B oral delivery system. The preparation and regulatory filings for this program are expected to be completed in 2016, with Phase 1A study data available in 2017.
"This is a significant step in the advancement of the oral delivery platform," said Andrew Rae, President and CEO of iCo Therapeutics. "This work will support manufacturing for a first-in-human phase one clinical study."
"We are very excited to be working with Corealis on further development of Oral Amphotericin B and are optimistic in moving this technology forward to the clinic in due course," said Dr. Kishor Wasan, Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan and Adjunct Professor and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of British Columbia.
iCo has also been building its intellectual property position around the Oral Amphotericin B asset. The company was issued composition of matter and use patents and management is aggressively pursuing further patent issuances in multiple jurisdictions as it moves towards the clinic.
About iCo Therapeutics
iCo Therapeutics in-licenses and redefines existing drug candidates or generics by employing reformulation and delivery technologies for new or expanded use indications. The Company holds worldwide rights to an oral drug delivery platform, with Oral Amphotericin B (Amp B) as the initial platform candidate, utilizing a known anti-fungal drug to treat life-threatening infectious diseases. iCo also has worldwide ophthalmic rights to iCo-008 is a monoclonal antibody targeting eotaxin-1. With Phase 2 clinical history, Bertilimumab (iCo-008) is candidate for the treatment of vernal or atopic keratoconjunctivitis and wet age-related macular degeneration. iCo-008 is in Phase 2 clinical studies with iCo's partner, Immune Pharmaceuticals. iCo trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "ICO" and the OTCQX under the symbol "ICOTF". For more information, visit the Company website at: www.icotherapeutics.com.
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