Midatech Pharma PLC
("Midatech" or the "Company")
Commencement of First in Human Immunotherapy Study Using Gold Nanoparticle Technology
ABINGDON, United Kingdom and OXFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom, Sept. 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Midatech (AIM: MTPH; Nasdaq: MTP), the international specialty pharmaceutical company focused on commercialising and developing products in oncology, immunology and other therapeutic areas, today announces that its first in human Phase I study of an innovative vaccine (MTX102) using its gold nanoparticle (GNP) technology in type 1 diabetes has commenced. The results from the study are expected in 2017. The nano-vaccine approach also has potential applicability in oncology.
The MTX102 vaccine uses Midatech's primary platform GNP technology. GNPs are inert and chemically bound to small antigens which generate a tolerogenic response when injected into the skin, turning down the immune response against the insulin producing cells which cause type 1 diabetes. This is the first investigational product of its type to be used in humans.
The Phase I study of eight subjects aged 16-40 years with type 1 diabetes and residual endogenous insulin production aims to examine the general safety and tolerability of treatment. Secondary objectives are to study the feasibility of delivering GNP via microneedles and the scale and nature of immune responses generated in the body. The trial, conducted at two centres (Cardiff, UK and Linköping, Sweden), is the culmination of a four-year European Commission-supported program EE-ASI into researching beta cell preservation using Antigen Specific Immunotherapy (ASI) via GNP technology (www.ee-asi.eu).
Commenting on the announcement, Dr Jim Phillips, CEO of Midatech, said: "I am pleased to be able to announce the start of this important Phase I study which uses our GNP technology in an immunotherapy. We are hopeful that this trial will demonstrate the broad applicability of our technology and is exciting for the future of our R&D pipeline. We are pleased to be performing this study with support by a European Commission grant, and look forward to updating the market with results in 2017."
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About Midatech Pharma PLC
Midatech is an international specialty pharmaceutical company focused on oncology and other therapeutic areas with a commercial platform and four marketed products in the US. Midatech's strategy is to develop products in-house in oncology and with partners in other indications, and to accelerate growth organically and through strategic acquisitions. The Company's R&D activities are supported by two breakthrough drug delivery technologies. The Group, listed on AIM: MTPH and Nasdaq: MTP, employs c.100 staff in four countries. For further company information see: www.midatechpharma.com
About our gold nanoparticle (GNP) technology
The patented gold nanoparticle (GNP) technology has been developed to improve key parameters when bound to existing and new drugs. GNPs comprise of a core of gold metal atoms to which an organic layer of carbohydrates or glycans (e.g. glucose, galactose or lactose) are attached via gold-sulphur bonds. Linkers for therapeutic agents (e.g. small molecules and chemotherapeutics) and peptides (e.g. insulin) - are attached to the gold core during the self-formation process. This process involves intricate yet uncomplicated synthesis that produces multi-component particles that may deliver multiple drug molecules to the targeted site. The GNP platform has potential uses in Oncology, Immunology/ Auto-immunology and Neurology, amongst others.
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