Lactiga Inc., a biotechnology company advancing its patented anti-infective biologic, LCTG-001, announced today a collaboration agreement with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to advance preclinical research into LCTG-001 as a potential treatment for COVID-19 patients. The collaborative team, led by Dr. Rebecca Powell, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), secured an NIH R01 Emergency Award of $2 million dollars to expand this study.
“We are proud to partner with Mount Sinai, which has maintained a leading role in COVID-19 research and innovation. We believe this collaboration will help us deliver a novel intervention to counteract this devastating virus,” said Dr. Viraj Mane, Lactiga’s Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer.
To date, preliminary in vitro studies demonstrate full neutralization of SARS-CoV-2 viral components, emphasizing the potential applicability of LCTG-001 to COVID-19 infections. Lactiga has engaged the United States Food and Drug Administration through the Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program to optimize its transition from research toward first-in-human clinical testing.
Dr. Rikin “Rik” Mehta, Co-Founder and Partner stated, “we see promise in a novel therapeutic that may help COVID-positive patients reduce their hospital stay and slow the progression of the disease, especially in our elderly and vulnerable populations”. With over 7.8 million cases and 210,000 deaths in the U.S. alone, a novel therapeutic that reduces COVID morbidity rates is critical.
Lactiga Inc. is a biotechnology company developing new treatment options for patients with Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases including Selective IgA Deficiency, Common Variable Immunodeficiency and other rare immune diseases, and repurposing its technology toward COVID-19 treatment in response to the global pandemic.
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