Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP), a global innovator in drug delivery platforms, today provided an update on a previously announced antiviral research initiative and introduces a new research project with potential COVID-19 applications. Lexaria previously announced its plans to conduct a pilot human pharmacokinetic exploratory study in healthy volunteers of antiviral drugs, previously studied against other coronavirus strains, comparing Lexaria’s DehydraTECH(TM) formulations to controls without Lexaria’s technology. Lexaria has received ethics board approval, required as a first step in this pilot study, conditional on further government regulatory approval also being granted. In addition, Lexaria announced the launch of a separate rodent antiviral study to evaluate pharmacokinetic benefits from the use of DehydraTECH in the delivery of representative drugs from two classes of antiviral drugs heavily under investigation against COVID-19 today. “We are excited at this progress towards our pilot human study using our patented DehydraTECH platform in the delivery of antiviral drugs, and are continuing the process towards regulatory approval so we can advance this important study,” said Lexaria CEO Chris Bunka in the news release. “Additionally, we are pleased to have started an animal study using DehydraTECH on certain potential COVID-19 drugs under investigation. Not only will this study help to determine whether DehydraTECH is capable of delivering higher proportionate doses of the antiviral drugs than generic versions of the drugs, but the outcomes should also be beneficial in gaining regulatory approval for the planned human study.”
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About Lexaria Bioscience Corp.
Lexaria’s proprietary drug delivery technology, DehydraTECH(TM), improves the way active pharmaceutical ingredients (“APIs”) enter the bloodstream by promoting healthier ingestion methods and increasing the effectiveness of fat-soluble active molecules, thereby lowering overall dosing. The company’s technology can be applied to many different ingestible product formats, including foods, beverages, oral suspensions, tablets, and capsules. DehydraTECH increases bio-absorption by up to 5-10x, reduces time of onset from 1 – 2 hours to 10 – 20 minutes, and masks unwanted tastes for orally administered bioactive molecules, including anti-virals, cannabinoids, vitamins, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (“NSAIDs”), nicotine, and others. Lexaria has licensed DehydraTECH to multiple companies including a world-leading tobacco producer for the development of smokeless, oral-based nicotine products and for use in industries that produce cannabinoid beverages, edibles and oral products. Lexaria operates a licensed in-house research laboratory and holds a robust intellectual property portfolio with 16 patents granted and over 60 patents pending worldwide. For more information about the company, visit www.LexariaBioscience.com.
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