Crushed by PhIII antibiotic flop, PolyPid says it got FDA support for a comeback — by focusing on subgroup
When PolyPid revealed its lead program had flunked the main goal of the first Phase III trial, it underscored positive results from a subgroup analysis. The Israeli biotech, which already had another Phase III underway, said it would talk to the FDA before deciding what to do with the second trial.
Almost five months later, the company says the FDA is keeping the doors open for an approval.
PolyPid’s lead candidate, D-PLEX100, is a formulation of the antibiotic doxycycline. On the molecular level, it comprises alternating layers of polymers and lipids that entrap the drug, thereby allowing for a prolonged and sustained release; practically, it’s a paste that can be applied directly during surgery to surgical sites to prevent infections.
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