Nash Pharmaceuticals Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of UF startup Breathtec Biomedical Inc., is pleased to announce that in a recent in vivo animal study for Crohn’s disease (CD), NP-178, its lead compound for the treatment of ulcerative colitis (UC), performed equivalent to and in some measurements, better than 5-ASA, a current global standard of care treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). A new potential treatment for CD could lead to an orphan drug designation, which could help expedite its availability to patients. A number of countries globally have an orphan drug program in place whereby companies that develop drugs for certain rare diseases enjoy enhanced collaboration with the regulatory authority, incentives, marketing exclusivity, and improved pricing and reimbursement.
In addition, the Company announces the discovery of a second compound, NP-120 that was also active in both of the Company’s UC and CD in vivo studies. Both NP-178 and NP-120 are currently used clinically for the treatment of neurological diseases. The Company believes that NP-178 & NP-120 may modulate novel targets for IBD and is consistent with the concept that there may be a connection or pathway between the brain and the gastro intestinal system that could be modulated for therapeutic treatment opportunities.