Interferon beta-1a candidate for COPD advances to PhIII to test its potential against Covid-19
Another repurposed drug is entering Phase III to see if it passes the test against Covid-19.
In a small Phase II trial, Synairgen says hospitalized Covid-19 patients who took its inhalable interferon beta-1a formulation, SNG001, were twice as likely to recover within 14 days than patients on a placebo. CEO Richard Marsden said the Southampton, UK-based biotech is launching the candidate — which was already in development for COPD and asthma — into a 900-person Phase III study in the coming weeks.
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