Merrion Pharmaceuticals Plc, a publicly listed product development company, today announced the commencement of an oral drug delivery Feasibility and Option agreement with one of the world’s top ten biggest pharmaceutical companies. The agreement will evaluate the ability of Merrion’s patented GIPET® technology to boost the bioavailablity of three of the ‘big pharma’ company’s compounds. The three compounds have a range of molecular weights. Following the feasibility studies, the company will have the option to enter into a licensing agreement for Merrion’s GIPET technology. Merrion’s GIPET technology is a platform technology with broad applicability which covers a wide range of compounds with varying physiochemical properties and molecular weights.
Commenting on the announcement, John Lynch, CEO, Merrion Pharmaceuticals said, “We are very pleased to be entering into this agreement with one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies to assess the ability of our unique GIPET technology to substantially improve the product profile of three of their compounds. This agreement is further validation of the broad applicability of our GIPET technology and the high level of interest in using the power of GIPET in the pharmaceutical industry.”
Merrion’s patented drug delivery technology, GIPET®, is supported by a large database reflecting 10 years research and development by drug delivery experts and 21 clinical studies conducted on a broad range of drug types. In a database comprising more than 40 compounds, GIPET has shown the ability to improve absorption by as much as 200 times, achieving excellent intersubject reproducibility and with a positive safety database. This includes traditional small molecules as well as biopharmaceutical peptides and proteins, making GIPET a platform technology with broad applicability.
Merrion’s technology is endorsed through collaborations with pharmaceutical companies such as Novo Nordisk (oral insulin, oral GLP-1), Ferring Pharmaceuticals and others.