Midatech announces extension of R&D collaboration with Janssen focused on Q-Sphera technology
ABINGDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / January 17, 2022 / Midatech Pharma PLC (AIM:MTPH)(NASDAQ:MTP), a drug delivery technology company focused on improving the bio-delivery and biodistribution of medicines, is pleased to announce the extension of its R&D collaboration with Janssen Pharmaceutica NV (Janssen) originally announced on 21 July 2020.
On 17 June 2021, the Company announced that, using its Q-Sphera technology, it had successfully encapsulated a proprietary Janssen experimental large molecule medicine and importantly preserved its functional integrity. The Company believes no other commercial or academic organisation has been able to successfully deliver any such experimental medicine over extended periods using methods capable of commercial scaling.
Building on this important discovery, the Company has extended its R&D collaboration with Janssen. Under the extended collaboration the Company will focus on maximizing drug loading and optimizing in vitro duration of release for this undisclosed Janssen experimental molecule using the Company's Q-Sphera technology.
Dmitry Zamoryakhin, Chief Scientific Officer of Midatech, said:
'We are excited about the potential of our Q-Sphera technology in the delivery of API via long acting injectables. We look forward to our continued collaboration with Janssen and the application of our technology specific to these APIs.'
This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) 596/2014 (MAR).
For more information, please contact:
Midatech Pharma PLC
Stephen Stamp, CEO, CFO
Dmitry Zamoryakhin, CSO
Tel: +44 (0)29 2048 0180
Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker)
Freddy Crossley, Emma Earl (Corporate Finance)
Rupert Dearden (Corporate Broking)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7886 2500
Turner Pope Investments (TPI) Limited (Joint Broker)
Andrew Thacker / James Pope (Corporate Broking)
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About Midatech Pharma PLC
Midatech Pharma PLC (dual listed on LSE AIM: MTPH; and NASDAQ: MTP) is a drug delivery technology company focused on improving the bio-delivery and bio-distribution of medicines. The Company combines approved and development medications with its proprietary and innovative drug delivery technologies to provide compelling products that have the potential to powerfully impact the lives of patients.
The Company has developed three in-house technology platforms, each with its own unique mechanism to improve delivery of medications to sites of disease. All of the Company's technologies have successfully entered human use in the clinic, providing important validation of the potential for each platform:
- Q-Sphera™ platform: a disruptive micro-technology used for sustained release to prolong and control the release of therapeutics over an extended period of time (from weeks to months).
- MidaSolve™ platform: an innovative nanotechnology used to dissolve insoluble drugs so that they can be administered in liquid form directly and locally into tumours.
- MidaCore™ platform: a leading-edge nanotechnology used for targeting medications to sites of disease.
The platform nature of the technologies offers the potential to develop multiple drug assets rather than being reliant on a limited number of programmes. Midatech's technologies are supported by 36 patent families including 120 granted patents and an additional 70 patent applications. Midatech's headquarters and R&D facility is in Cardiff, UK. For more information please visit www.midatechpharma.com
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