Lead drug candidate C21: A novel disease modifier

Vicore Pharma has developed a unique platform technology to treat a wide range of unmet medical needs. The main project is focused on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a chronic, progressive lung disease for which there is no real effective treatment currently available for patients suffering from the condition.

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Orphan designations for IPF
  • EMA granted.
  • FDA granted.
Phase 1 clinical trial
  • In collaboration with Clinical Research Services Turku.
  • First in man – healthy male volunteers.
  • Primary objectives – safety and tolerability, PK properties.
  • Single and multiple ascending dose studies.
Strong impact on several markers in an in vitro study for pulmonary fibrosis
  • The study showed that C21 was most active in the fibrotic lung disease model where it positively affected several markers indicative of inflammation and fibrosis in a dose dependent manner. C21 exerted stronger effects in the BioMAP® system than the currently approved drugs for IPF.
  • Positive effects on both matrix-related and inflammation-related readouts demonstrated by C21, may translate to a stronger clinical impact than current therapies.
  • C21 was also shown to be active and non-cytotoxic in the BioMAP panel for the concentration range tested.
New drug molecules
  • Developed new drug molecules that selectively stimulate the AT2 receptor (AT2R agonism) in the Renin-Angiotensin-System. Based on experience and learnings drawn from the company’s successful drug candidate, C21, the new molecules have been designed to address diseases in the metabolic and cardiovascular areas.
  • The new molecules open up new opportunities within larger indication areas besides the orphan drug space where C21 is being developed.
  • Patent application filed.

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)

  • Rare disease with orphan drug status.
  • Unknown cause.
  • Increasing prevalence – 15-20 cases per 100 000 people.
  • Characterized by progressive fibrosis (scar formation) in the lungs, which leads to symptoms increasing over time.

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