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WE ARE OPTIMIZING NON-ADDICTIVE DRUG DELIVERY

Our novel drug-delivery systems and drug-releasing technologies are being developed to advance  the treatment of pain and neurological disorders worldwide using non-addictive drug compounds.

SubheadPROPRIETARYDRUG-DELIVERYTECHNOLOGIES

Molecular Envelope Technology (MET)

Using MET, we are working to enhance enkephalin transport to the brain through a nanoparticle formulation. This nanotechnology enables metabolically labile peptide molecules, like enkephalin, to pass through the blood-brain barrier in order to help manage acute and chronic pain, including pain associated with cancer. These enkephalin-filled nanoparticles are preloaded into a cartridge with compressed inert gas as a single dose that is compatible with our specialized device. With a simple press of a button, the device releases this powder as a long and thin plume penetrating the olfactory region.


DRUG LOADED NANOPARTICLES

The enkephalin molecule is loaded in nanoparticles


EASY-TO-USE DEVICE

No breath coordination required. Caregiver can administer to an incapacitated person


BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER BYPASS

The MET protects the enkephalin from degradation as it bypasses the blood brain barrier into the olfactory region targeting the Delta receptors to control chronic pain

Topical spray film

Virpax has licensed a patented topical spray system that delivers the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug Diclofenac Epolamine to the skin. This proprietary spray formulation delivers Diclofenac to the skin as a film without messy handling or need to wash hands after application while maintaining comparable skin absorption capabilities to topical creams and gels currently on the market.


CONVENIENT

No messy cream or gels that can be rubbed off by clothing or physical contact


AESTHETICALLY APPEALING

Invisible once applied


EASILY OPTIMIZABLE

Use with spray on valve

Liposomal in Hydrogel encapsulation

Our patented liposomal formulation encapsulates a high dose of local anesthetic in hydrogel, cholesterol, and other “GRAS” lipids. A single dose can be injected at the surgical site to provide a prolonged postoperative analgesia effect for up to 96 hours. This may enhance recovery protocols, reduce the length of a patient’s hospital stay post-surgery, and significantly reduce or eliminate the use of opioids.


PROLONGED EFFECTS

Postoperative analgesia effect for up to 96 hours


EFFICIENT DRUG-DELIVERY

Improved onset of action and peak analgesic activity in post-operative setting


IMPROVED QUALITY OF CARE

Reduce reliance on opioid pain management; may lead to experience better postoperative outcomes

SubheadPRODUCT OVERVIEW

We are developing novel products by combining widely used and newly developed non-addictive drug compounds with cutting-edge delivery technologies. Each product candidate offers its own advantages to the franchise, giving healthcare providers the options and treatment alternatives they seek.

Envelta™

Epoladerm

Probudur

AnQlar

VRP324

Envelta™*

Endogenous enkephalin intranasal spray

NCATS IN-KIND AWARD

Envelta™*

Endogenous enkephalin intranasal spray

NCATS IN-KIND AWARD

TARGET MARKET

Moderate to severe analgesic market

DELIVERY SYSTEM

Intranasal Molecular Envelope Technology (MET)

BENEFITS

  • Enkephalin pro-drug formulation that targets delta receptors instead of mu receptors that are responsible for the majority of undesirable side effects associated with morphine
  • Analgesic potential to manage acute and chronic pain, including pain associated with cancer, without the concerns of opioid tolerance, withdrawal, respiratory depression, or euphoria
  • Delta opioid receptors have a built-in mechanism for pain relief. They can be precisely targeted with drug-delivering nanoparticles, making them a promising target for treating chronic inflammatory pain with fewer side effects. Journal of Controlled Release. (Vol 270, 28; Jan 2018, P135-144)
  • Our IND-enabling studies have determined that the MET intranasal delivery formulation bypasses the liver, avoiding potential drug to drug interactions if taking concomitant medicine

MECHANISM OF ACTION

Brain delivery: Molecular Envelope Technology (MET) allows for highly stable nanoparticles to wrap around and encapsulate hydrophobic drugs and peptides, creating a protective molecular “envelope.” MET allows for increased bioavailability of drugs that would otherwise be rapidly degraded. In the case of intranasally administered Envelta™, MET increases dwell time in the nares promoting delivery via the olfactory route across the blood brain barrier and into the central nervous system. Here they target the delta opioid receptors, promoting analgesia (pain relief) without the morphine related side-effects.

NEW DRUG APPLICATION (NDA)

As a result of our PreIND review, the FDA has indicated that it is reasonable for Virpax to pursue a New Chemical Entity (NCE) New Drug Application for Envelta.

NCATS IN-KIND AWARD

The IND enabling studies for Envelta are being performed under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (“CRADA”) In-kind Award entered into by Virpax and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (“NCATS”). NCATS is one of 27 Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that was established to transform the translational process so that new treatments and cures for disease can be delivered to patients faster.

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*We are also developing Envelta™ for a second indication, PES200, which utilizes the same delivery mechanism as Envelta™. PES200 enables the delivery of a metabolically liable peptide drug (Enkephalin) into the brain for post-traumatic stress disorder. The Envelta™ IND enabling studies may be cross-referenced to the PES200 IND.

Epoladerm*

Diclofenac topical spray film

CAPITAL FUNDING

Epoladerm™

Diclofenac topical spray film

CAPITAL FUNDING

TARGET MARKET

Osteoarthritis of the knee

DELIVERY SYSTEM

Topical spray film

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BENEFITS

  • Improved drying, less messy, and better bioavailability
  • Reliable and reproducible blood levels
  • Improved patient compliance that could result in enhanced therapeutic outcomes

MECHANISM OF ACTION

Topical Diclofenac Epolamine has an anti-inflammatory/antipyretic/analgesic action due to the inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis by inhibition of cyclooxygenase.

NEW DRUG APPLICATION (NDA)

As a result of our PreIND review, the FDA has indicated that it is reasonable for Virpax to pursue an accelerated 505(b)(2) New Drug Application for Epoladerm.

Probudur™

Injectable long-acting bupivacaine hydrogel

CAPITAL FUNDING

Probudur™

Injectable long-acting bupivacaine hydrogel

CAPITAL FUNDING

TARGET MARKET

Local anesthetic post-surgical pain market

DELIVERY SYSTEM

Liposomal in hydrogel encapsulation

BENEFITS

  • Single dose infiltration into the surgical surgical or wound site
  • Prolonged postoperative analgesia effect up to 96 hours
  • May eliminate the need for opioids and catheters after surgery
  • May reduce associated costs and length of patient stay
  • Produced no evidence of motor or sensory nerve damage at a dose that was 10 times higher than free bupivacaine in animal studies

MECHANISM OF ACTION

Bupivacaine works when injected into the wound by binding to the ‘sodium channel’ and blocking the influx of sodium ions; this inhibits nerve conduction and prevents pain signals from reaching the brain after surgery. In our pre-clinical studies, the Liposomal Hydrogel Bupivacaine acts as an ultra-long acting formulation with a 96-hour duration at the wound site.

NEW DRUG APPLICATION (NDA)

As a result of our PreIND review, the FDA has indicated that it is reasonable for Virpax to pursue an accelerated 505(b)(2) New Drug Application for Probudur.

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AnQlar™

High-density molecular intranasal spray

GRANT/CAPITAL

AnQlar™

High-density molecular intranasal spray

GRANT/CAPITAL

TARGET MARKET

Prevention of the spread of Covid-19 and seasonal flu epidemics

DELIVERY SYSTEM

Intranasal MET-nanoparticle dispersion delivery

BENEFITS

  • An adjuvant to barrier-based personal protective equipment (PPE) to help mitigate the risks of poorly fitting equipment and over-used PPE with partially compromised barrier layers
  • AnQlar may be used as a frontline defense against disease spread in close settings
  • AnQlar may be used by vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals to prevent viral spread 
  • Clinical and commercial manufacturing supply agreement in place
  • AnQlar shown to inhibit the ability of the virus to replicate at non-toxic concentrations
  • May prevent the spread of influenza and SARS-CoV-2 for 24 hours
  • May prevent brain viral load due to flu and SARS-CoV-2
  • Demonstrated >18 months stability

MECHANISM OF ACTION

AnQlar is closely related to the quaternary ammonium carbohydrate N-(2-hydroxypropyl)-3-trimethylammonium chitosan chloride (HTCC) which can prevent the binding of coronavirus to the ACE-2 receptor on the surface of nasal epithelial cells. AnQlar may have two mechanisms of action: virucidal properties and prevention of entry into cells via the ACE-2 receptor.

NEW DRUG APPLICATION (NDA)

If we successfully complete the required clinical trials for this product candidate, we intend to move forward and pursue an NDA for AnQlar as a once daily intranasal treatment.

The FDA has indicated that, upon successful completion of studies, we may pursue an NDA drug approval with the Office of Non-Prescription Drugs.

VRP324

Intranasal pharmaceutical-grade Schedule V cannabidiol (CBD)

GRANT/CAPITAL

VRP324

Intranasal pharmaceutical-grade Schedule V cannabidiol (CBD)

GRANT/CAPITAL

TARGET MARKET

Management of Epilepsy in adults and children; Rare Pediatric Disease (RPD)

DELIVERY SYSTEM

Intranasal Molecular Envelope Technology (MET)

BENEFITS

  • VRP324 will be using significantly less pharmaceutical-grade CBD than current FDA approved oral CBD dosing
  • VRP324 may achieve higher efficiency via the nasal route and reduce peripheral side effects like dose dumping due to high-fat meals
  • Since peripheral exposure via the plasma will be reduced by the nose to brain delivery, we believe there will be negligible liver first-pass metabolism
  • VRP324 may not be metabolized in the liver avoiding drug to drug interactions caused by oral pharmaceutical-grade CBD
  • Intranasal VRP324 may eliminate enzymatic degradation or deactivation. Enzymatic deactivation occurs when an enzyme changes the structure of a neurotransmitter so that the receptor no longer recognizes it

MECHANISM OF ACTION

Highly purified pharmaceutical-grade cannabidiol (CBD), approved in the United States, has demonstrated efficacy with an acceptable safety profile in patients with Lennox-Gastaut or Dravet syndrome. CBD acts on cannabinoid (CB) receptors of the endocannabinoid system, which are found in numerous body areas, including the peripheral system and the central nervous systems, including the brain. The endocannabinoid system regulates many physiological responses of the body and neuronal excitability responses relevant to the pathophysiology of many disease types, including epilepsy.

NEW DRUG APPLICATION (NDA)

Virpax will pursue an accelerated 505(b)(2) New Drug Application for VRP324.

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About the 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway

The 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway is a type of New Drug Application (NDA) submission that encourages further innovation of drugs that have already received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This pathway allows for faster approval times as it can avoid unnecessary duplication of studies that were already performed on approved drugs.

A 505(b)(2) NDA contains full safety and effectiveness reports, however the FDA can rely on other data not developed by the NDA applicant when considering drug approval. This data, like safety and efficacy information, can come from other studies of previously approved pharmacological agents that are similar in nature.

Virpax utilizes this unique regulatory pathway by applying our proprietary and patented delivery-systems and innovative technology to previously-approved drugs. We are then able to accelerate the development and approval process of our products.

About a New Chemical Entity (NCE)

A New Chemical Entity (NCE) is a drug that does not contain any active moiety that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with any other application submitted under 505(b) regulatory pathways. NCEs are generally developed during the early discovery stage of the product cycle, then undergo various clinical trials that can transform the drug into a product. The FDA can provide exclusivity to an NCE so no other manufacturer can apply for a product with the same active moiety for a determined amount of time.

Rare Pediatric Disease (RPD) Designation and Voucher Programs

Under Section 529 to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), FDA will award priority review vouchers to sponsors of rare pediatric disease product applications that meet certain criteria. Under this program, a sponsor who receives an approval for a drug or biologic for a “rare pediatric disease” may qualify for a voucher that can be redeemed to receive a priority review of a subsequent marketing application for a different product.