Quoin Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Clearance of IND for its Lead Asset, QRX003, for Netherton Syndrome
Quoin Will Initiate Clinical Testing in 1H 2022
ASHBURN, Va., April 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Quoin Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: QNRX) (the “Company” or “Quoin”), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on rare and orphan diseases, today announced that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to initiate clinical testing for its Investigational New Drug (IND) application for QRX003, the Company’s investigational product for Netherton Syndrome (NS).
NS is a rare and devastating genetic disease for which there is currently no approved treatment or cure.
QRX003 is a topical lotion, formulated with a proprietary delivery technology, and contains a broad- spectrum serine protease inhibitor, whose mechanism of action is intended to perform the function of a specific protein, called LEKTI. The absence of LEKTI in Netherton patients leads to excessive skin shedding resulting in a highly porous and compromised skin barrier. Daily application of QRX003 is designed to lead to a more normalized skin shedding process and the formation of a stronger and more effective skin barrier.
“We are extremely pleased to announce clearance of our IND application and we look forward to initiating clinical testing in patients with NS in the first half of this year. This is an important milestone both for Quoin and potentially for this very underserved patient population,” said Dr. Michael Myers, Chief Executive Officer of Quoin.
About Netherton Syndrome
Netherton Syndrome, a form of Ichthyosis, is a rare, hereditary skin disorder caused by a mutation in the SPINK5 gene (serine protease inhibitor, Kazal Type 5) that leads to severe skin barrier defects and recurring infections, as well as a pronounced predisposition to allergies, asthma, and eczema. Patients also often suffer from severe dehydration, chronic skin inflammation and stunted growth.
Currently, there is no cure for Netherton Syndrome, nor are there any approved therapeutic treatments.
About Quoin Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Quoin Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing therapeutic products that treat rare and orphan diseases. We are committed to addressing unmet medical needs for patients, their families, communities and care teams. Quoin’s innovative pipeline comprises three products in development that collectively have the potential to target a broad number of rare and orphan indications, including Netherton Syndrome, Peeling Skin Syndrome, Palmoplantar Keratoderma, Epidermolysis Bullosa and others. For more information, go to: www.quoinpharma.com.
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