London, UK, October 26 2017: CN Bio Innovations Limited announced today that it has entered into a Research Collaboration Agreement with the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
FDA and CN Bio will collaborate to characterize the performance of CN Bio’s Organs-on-Chips as a platform for potential use in drug development and regulatory evaluation, including safety testing prior to new drugs entering clinical trials. FDA scientists will assess the use of the devices to provide precise data about how human cells and organs interact with new drugs, and their ability to accurately predict the success of drugs prior to human clinical trials.
Chief Executive Officer of CN Bio, Dr Emma Sceats said: “This landmark collaborative deal outlines how we will work with FDA to build an evidence base detailing how Organs-on-Chips can improve the drug development process. Our aim is to create a step change in the speed and accuracy of tests which can predict the success of new drug candidates. We will work with FDA to compare Organs-on-Chips against current preclinical testing methods.”
The aim is for this collaboration to contribute toward the development of industry standards and best practices for using Organs-on-Chips in drug development.
CN Bio’s Organs-on-Chips devices – PhysioMimixTM – are laptop sized devices which enable human cells to be cultured so that they mimic the structure and function of human organs and tissues. Linking two or more of the miniature Organs-on-Chips enables scientists to test the systemic effects of drugs and other chemicals on living human cells and tissue-like structures in the lab.
The FDA scientists using CN Bio’s Organ-on-Chip technology will investigate drug metabolism, toxicity and drug-drug interactions as well as multi-organ systems.
Drug companies seeking to sell a drug in the United States must first test it and send evidence to the FDA that the drug will be safe and effective for patients. This collaboration fits with FDA’s regulatory science efforts to advance the science of developing new tools, standards, and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality, and performance of new therapeutics.
Although drug safety is carefully assessed and monitored throughout the drug development process, unexpected adverse events that raise concerns about overall product safety may be observed in late stage clinical trials or following approval. Liver toxicity is one of the most common causes of adverse side effects, preventing drugs from successfully completing clinical trials or leading to their withdrawal from the marketplace. FDA’s collaboration with CN Bio will focus on evaluating data, systems and models to predict liver toxicity and drug safety.
The use of CN Bio’s PhysioMimixTM systems to evaluate other regulated products including tobacco and consumer goods is the subject of ongoing collaborations between CN Bio and industry partners.
The FDA’s feedback will be used to further optimize CN Bio’s PhysioMimixTM devices for preclinical drug development and other testing applications.
Further information about microphysiological systems
CN Bio’s PhysioMimixTM is a microphysiological system – also commonly referred to as an Organ-on-Chip platform – which consist of cell culture platforms with a microengineered environment that induces cells to have more physiological properties. By adding human cells to these systems, researchers aim to model human-specific properties of organ function and better predict clinical effects of drugs in pre-clinical testing in vitro. These systems require evaluation for defining their contexts of use for drug development and evaluation. CN Bio’s microphysiological systems will be evaluated under this research collaboration with FDA to determine how this new technology can improve the development and evaluation of drugs.
About CN Bio Innovations
CN Bio Innovations develops devices that boost the precision and speed of biological research. By predicting the effects chemical and biological substances will have on human organs, researchers can fast-track improvements in healthcare. In the past 4 years CN Bio has worked on more than 25 projects with pharmaceutical partners, using our Organs-on-Chips and related microfluidic devices to gather precise, human-relevant data.
CN Bio is backed by prestigious grant awards from sponsors including the US Department of Defense and Innovate UK. Spun out from the University of Oxford, the company is collaborating with and developing intellectual property from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Vanderbilt University.
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