About Alizyme plc
Alizyme is a specialty biopharmaceutical development company, focused on the therapeutic areas of metabolic disorders, gastrointestinal disorders and cancer supportive care. In addition to COLAL-PRED, it is developing cetilistat for the treatment and management of obesity and related diseases, such as Type II diabetes, renzapride for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome ("IBS"), and ATL-104 for mucositis, a side effect of cancer therapy.
COLAL-PRED is the combination of Alizyme's proprietary colonic drug delivery system, COLAL, and prednisolone metasulfobenzoate sodium ("PMSBS"), an approved steroid in Europe. COLAL-PRED has a starch coating that is only broken down in the gut by bacteria occurring in the colon. This leads to topical delivery of PMSBS to the colon rather than systemic delivery with the objective of providing efficacy, but without the side effects of steroids; however, the efficacy and safety of COLAL-PRED must be shown in well-controlled, prospective clinical trials and approved by the FDA.
COLAL is a drug delivery technology which enables drugs to be taken orally, but then be specifically released in the colon. Achieving colonic release with conventional oral dosage forms has proven difficult because of the variation between individuals in transit times and conditions within the gastrointestinal tract. COLAL overcomes this difficulty by covering small pellets containing the drug with a coating of ethylcellulose and a specific form of amylose (derived from starch). This coating prevents drug release in the stomach and small intestine. When the pellets reach the colon, the amylose in the coating is broken down by bacterial enzymes and the drug is released.
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