From the Pipeline

Jul22

FROM THE PIPELINE | Fast track to an MPT: Development of a dual-purpose pill containing oral PrEP and an oral contraceptive

Monday, 22 July 2019 Written by // Barbara Friedland Series // From the Pipeline Tags // contraceptive, dual-purpose, pill, Population Council, prevention, women

Imagine if women could take one pill every day and be protected from unintended pregnancy AND HIV? 

And what if this pill was available within several years? 

We believe the fastest route to a contraceptive MPT is to combine two products that are ALREADY ON THE MARKET into a single pill.

A dual-purpose pill has the potential to play an important role in helping women protect themselves against both unintended pregnancy and HIV infection.

The Population Council is working with partners to fast-track development of dual- purpose pill

Feb14

FROM THE PIPELINE | Evofem Biosciences to advance the MPT market with Amphora®

Thursday, 14 February 2019 Written by // Kelly Culwell Series // From the Pipeline Tags // Amphora, chlamydia, gonorrhea, non-hormonal contraception, women

Evofem Biosciences’ lead product candidate, Amphora® is an MPT – more specifically, a Multipurpose Vaginal pH Regulator (MVP-RTM) – that is being developed for the prevention of pregnancy and certain sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Nov05

FROM THE PIPELINE | Yaso Therapeutics Yaso-GEL promises to prevent pregnancy and STIs and fill an unmet need in the market

Monday, 05 November 2018 Written by // Mary Weitzel, Barbara North Series // From the Pipeline Tags // contraceptive, STIs, women

We at Yaso Therapeutics are developing a vaginal gel, called Yaso-GEL, that uses a single proprietary drug to prevent pregnancy as well as genital herpes, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. The gel is mucoadhesive, non-irritating, relatively low-cost, and stable. Yaso-GEL aims to be an MPT that can fill the need for non-hormonal contraceptives and protect women from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Oct17

FROM THE PIPELINE | Monoclonal antibodies as future MPT products

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 Written by // Kevin Whaley Series // From the Pipeline Tags // contraceptive, HIV, manufacturing, monoclonal antibodies

Monoclonal antibodies are engineered proteins derived from a single parent cell and have been used in a diverse range of therapeutic applications due to their versatility and specificity. At Mapp Biopharmaceutical, Inc., we believe monoclonal antibodies are promising candidates for multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs) when formulated as topical (e.g., films and rings) or injectable products. Systemic antibodies may have multiple effector functions – like complement binding (CDC) and binding to monocytes (ADCC) – while mucosal mechanisms agglutination and trapping in mucus are less widely discussed, but are crucial for the protection of mucosal surfaces. Systemically and mucosally delivered antibodies have demonstrated efficacy in SHIV prevention studies. In this post, we describe some of the important progress to date on monoclonal antibodies as future MPTs.

Aug01

FROM THE PIPELINE | Taking on a challenge – How an ambitious engineering goal led to an innovative MPT for HIV, HSV, and unintended pregnancy

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 Written by // Meredith Roberts Clark, Kathleen Dietz Series // From the Pipeline Tags // challenge, clinical study, intravaginal ring, women

It all started with the simple realization that women seeking protection against HIV also want to prevent unintended pregnancies. In general, they also prefer a combined method. Then followed the innovation challenge: Engineer a long-acting intravaginal ring that could release two chemically diverse drugs – one for HIV and herpes simplex virus (HSV) prevention, and one for contraception – at sustained, controlled, and yet extremely different release rates (up to 1000-fold) for 3 months; make it suitable and scalable for use in resource-limited countries, such as those of sub-Saharan Africa; and design it so women would want to use it. Even now it’s a daunting task. When this project began, 10 years ago, its feasibility was questioned by many, including our collaborators and ourselves. However, if successful, this challenge had strong potential to provide a truly game-changing MPT solution to a dire unmet need for women globally.

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