PCP is a deadly fungal infection of the lungs and the most common opportunistic infection in people living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. It also affects people with severely compromised immune systems due to cancer or immunosuppressive therapy (e.g., chemotherapy or following organ transplantation).
Dominique Costantini, Chief Executive Officer of BioAlliance, said, "We are excited to be teaming up with Immtech and we will work together to have a significant impact on PCP, a devastating disease. As represented to our investors last July, we are adding advanced products to complement our own portfolio. Considering the franchise we are building in products to treat cancer and AIDS patients, pafuramidine, with its attractive activity on resistant strains, is the first ideal strategic product complementing perfectly our portfolio: Loramyc, doxorubicin Transdrug and acyclovir Lauriad, all of which are either already approved or in phase 3 for oncology or infectious disease indications."
Current treatment options for PCP include Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX), primaquine plus clindamycin, trimetrexate (with or without dapsone) plus leucovorin, atovaquone, and pentamidine. The adverse events associated with currently available treatment options for PCP leads to between 20-57% of all patients being switched to better tolerated regimens during their course of care.
The development of pafuramidine for the treatment of PCP was sponsored in part by a National Cooperative Drug Discovery Groups grant from the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Pafuramidine was initially synthesized at Georgia State University, which is a member of Immtech's Scientific Consortium.
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