The Free University of Brussels ("ULB") is developing of a innovative formulation based on budesonide, coated with an excipient allowing a prolonged release of the API in the lungs.
The project already showed promising preliminary preclinical data (PK and tox) in animal models and a company might be interested to further bring this treatment to the clinic and to the market.
Another approach proposed by the technology would be to combine this controlled-release formulation of budesonide with predetermined dosages of bronchodilators (LABA/LAMA) in a combination therapy.
The main advantages of this patented technology are therefore :
Regarding the sustained-release budesonide:
o Improved patient adherence to treatment due to a reduction in the number of daily doses (via the prolonged release formulation)
o Possibility of administering higher doses with a controlled toxicity profile thanks to this extended release
Concerning triple therapy:
o Possibility to offer in a single inhaler a standardized triple therapy of corticosteroid (budesonide) and bronchodilator (LABA/LAMA) in a single daily dose.
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