Biotechnology company UNITY has initiated doses for Phase I clinical trial of potential drug candidate for patients with diabetic macular edema (DME.) UNITY works to develop treatments focused on improving quality of life in aging patients, and increasing the health-span by slowing or reversing diseases of aging. DME is one such disease, and is a complication of diabetic retinopathy that occurs when too much blood sugar causes damage to blood vessels in the retina, sometimes leading to vision loss.
The UNITY study is in its first phase and is beginning human medical trials with open-label, single-ascending dose research to test for the safety and effectiveness of the drug in patients with advanced DME. The drug was developed from a Bcl-xL inhibiting compound, and works by impacting senescent cells. In preclinical tests, the drug (called UNX1325) was reported to reduce vascular leakage and improve retinal function.
UNITY is based out of San Francisco, CA and maintains a licensing agreement with Ascentage Pharma, primarily headquartered in Suzhou China, authorizing them to screen Ascentage’s compound library for anti-aging disease treatments. Dosing the first patient with UBX1325 will result in a significant payment milestone for Ascentage.
On their collaboration with UNITY, Ascentage CEO Dr Dajun Yang said: “We are confident that our collaboration in developing therapies for age-related diseases will bring fresh hope to patients around the world.”
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