Tiziana Life Sciences gets FDA approval to kick-off Phase I clinical trial with orally administered foralumab in healthy volunteersSeptember 16, 2019
Tiziana Life Sciences got from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signal to start a Phase I clinical trial in healthy volunteers using a novel oral enteric-coated capsule formulation of Foralumab, a fully human monoclonal antibody (mAb), in collaboration with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
This is the first clinical trial in which Foralumab will be administered orally to healthy subjects. Our objective is to develop orally administered Foralumab for treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.
The scientific rationale for this approach was originally discovered by Dr. Howard Weiner, professor at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Weiner discovered that oral or nasal administration of anti-CD3 mAb induces mucosal tolerance to upregulate T regulatory cells (Tregs) capable of providing site-targeted immunomodulation to suppress inflammation. Therefore, this scientific concept could be effective for the treatment of a variety of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases1-5.
“The therapeutic approach of oral administration with Foralumab should greatly enhance our ability to treat neurodegenerative and inflammatory diseases. We have also explored the nasal administration of Foralumab for the treatment of progressive MS. We believe nasal and oral administration with Foralumab opens innovative avenues to treat inflammatory and autoimmune diseases by inducing different classes of Tregs. Thus, mucosal activation stimulating Tregs is a physiological mechanism which we think might be safer than other treatment approaches,” commented Dr. Weiner.