Nanomi joins consortium to address chronic kidney disease
June 23, 2009 - Oldenzaal, The Netherlands
Nanomi, a leading provider of microsphere-based drug delivery technologies to the pharmaceutical industry, announced today that it joined a consortium for the development of a therapy to prevent chronic kidney disease.
In an aging population, the worldwide incidence of chronic kidney disease, requiring dialysis and, in some cases, kidney transplantation, is expected to increase rapidly over the coming decade. This is mainly due to the rising occurrence of obesity and type II diabetes. Therefore, the development of a therapy that prevents chronic kidney disease at an early stage and promotes functional kidney repair is crucial.
The consortium partners, four companies, two universities and two academic hospitals, will jointly develop a therapy where biodegradable polymer microspheres, loaded with anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic compounds, will be implanted in the kidney. The impanted microspheres will provide a local drug depot with a sustained drug release profile, maximizing the intended therapeutic effects and minimizing systemic side-effects. The therapy aims to restore the kidney function, thus reducing the need for transplantations.
The Dutch Top Institute BioMedical Materials (BMM) — a public-private partnership dedicated to research and development of novel biomedical materials and their therapeutic application — has decided to fund this "top quality innovative R&D project" with approximately 4.2 million Euro.
Participation in the consortium and the funding granted by BMM will enable Nanomi to extend and strengthen its monosphere drug delivery platform. Nanomiís managing director, Gert Veldhuis, stated "We are proud to be part of this excellent group of partners that have recognized the importance of predictable and uniform microsphere dimensions, as provided by our monosphere technology, in the therapeutic performance of sustained release formulations. But most importantly, we sincerely hope that our joint efforts will ultimately improve the lives of many people".
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