SUNY Poly Student Spinoff Glauconix Biosciences Completes Pilot Study Using Nemus Biosciences’s Bioengineered Cannabinoid-based Compound for Glaucoma Treatment
Glauconix Biosciences News Release
For Release: Immediate – March 14, 2019
Contact: George Torrejon, Senior Director of Operations and Business Development | (631) 487-5553 | email@example.com
Study confirms intraocular-pressure lowering effects of cannabinoid-based therapeutic, proving promising novel treatment for Glaucoma
ALBANY, NY March 14, 2019– Glauconix Biosciences, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company that uses its patented platform technology to develop human 3D ocular tissues that mimic the fluid dynamics in the eye to expediate and de-risk the R&D of ophthalmic treatments while reducing development costs, announced today that the data generated for Nemus Biosciences Inc. validates the mechanism of action of NB111, Nemus’s proprietary prodrug of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC-valine-hemisuccinate, or THCVHS), in lowering intraocular pressure (IOP), a defining symptom of hypertensive glaucoma. Glauconix is located at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Albany, NY, campus and is a partner in the institution’s Center for Advanced Technology in Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics (CATN2).
Glauconix used its 3D human trabecular meshwork model (3D-HTM™) that consists of human donor cells containing the ocular tissue responsible for helping to regulate intraocular pressure, the trabecular meshwork. The studies included a comparison of the activity of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the biologically active part of NB1111, in facilitating fluid drainage resulting in lower IOP as well as lowering levels of biomarker molecules associated with inflammation and fibrosis, two processes associated with tissues that are damaged in a disease setting – including glaucoma and other ocular disorders.
Researchers have previously demonstrated that ocular tissues possess a large number of cannabinoid receptors, especially in areas that help regulate IOP. Given that THC binds both types of cannabinoid receptors, these data point to a unique mechanism of action whereby the ability of THC to bind to cannabinoid receptors results in a beneficial decline in IOP due to enhanced fluid drainage. When IOP is left unchecked, there is often damage to the optic nerve, leading to irreversible vision loss.
Additionally, biomarkers associated with inflammation and fibrosis in tissues affected by glaucoma were significantly decreased, pointing to anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic activities that are often associated with the cannabinoid class of molecules in other disease-states.
“The Glauconix Biosciences’ 3D-HTM™ technology was designed to help accelerate drug development by using bioengineered human donor 3D tissue models for target identification and validation, high-throughput screening, and drug efficacy with physiological endpoints, such as fluid outflow,” said Karen Torrejon, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Glauconix. “Historically, our technology has exhibited significant predictive value in assessing a drug candidate’s utility and likelihood of clinical success. Nemus’ data helps to provide a rationale for cannabinoid activity in lowering IOP and indicates a potential for the advancement of NB1111 into clinical testing.”
“These studies were significant across a spectrum of findings, and we plan on submitting the data to an upcoming major ophthalmology meeting. Micro-quantities of cannabinoid delivered directly into the eye could have the dual benefit of a therapeutic effect while mitigating risk of systemic adverse events through direct tissue targeting, an advantage associated with using bioengineered molecules,” said Brian Murphy, MD, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Nemus.
About Glauconix Biosciences
Glauconix Biosciences is a leading developer of ophthalmic ex-vivo dynamic 3D human tissue models for accelerating therapeutic innovation and drug discovery. Their 3D tissue models can de-risk ophthalmic assets and expedite drug development. Glauconix adds value to their clients and partners by expediting early identification and validation of effective compounds or biologics in the preclinical phase and those entering clinical trials. To learn more about Glauconix Biosciences, visit www.glauconix-biosciences.com
About Nemus Bioscience, Inc.
The Company is a biopharmaceutical company, headquartered in Long Beach, California, focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of bioengineered cannabinoid-based therapeutics for significant unmet medical needs in global markets. With proprietary technology licensed from the University of Mississippi, Nemus is developing novel ways to deliver cannabinoid-based drugs for specific indications with the aim of optimizing the clinical effects of such drugs while limiting potential adverse events. Nemus' strategy is to explore the use of proprietary biosynthetic compounds, alone or in combination with corporate partners.
Nemus is part of the Emerald Health group, which comprises multiple companies focused on developing pharmaceutical, botanical, and nutraceutical products providing wellness and medical benefits by interacting with the human body’s endocannabinoid system.
For more information, visit www.nemusbioscience.com.
About SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly)
SUNY Poly is New York’s globally recognized, high-tech educational ecosystem. SUNY Poly offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience and nanoengineering, as well as cutting-edge nanobioscience and nanoeconomics programs at its Albany campus, and undergraduate and graduate degrees in technology, including engineering, cybersecurity, computer science, and the engineering technologies; professional studies, including business, communication, and nursing; and arts and sciences, including natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences at its Utica/Rome campus; thriving athletic, recreational, and cultural programs, events, and activities complement the campus experience. As the world’s most advanced, university-driven research enterprise, SUNY Poly boasts billions of dollars in high-tech investments and hundreds of corporate partners since its inception. For information visit www.sunypoly.edu.
About Center for Advanced Technology in Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics (CATN2)
The mission of the New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials (CATN2) at SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) and its College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) is to serve as a bridge between each phase in the research-to-development-to-deployment (RD&D) commercialization continuum. The Center’s objective is to drive systematic progression in technology transitions, workforce skills attainment, market adoption and entrepreneurial growth by aligning and coordinating an array of capabilities that support applied research, technology development and operational deployment necessary for commercialization.
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