New York, NY – July 22, 2019 – Hoth Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOTH), a development stage biopharmaceutical company focused on unique targeted therapeutics for patients suffering from indications such as atopic dermatitis–also known as eczema–as well as dermatological and chronic wound disorders, today announced initial results of its Pilot Study of BioLexa application on diabetic skin ulcers.
This pilot study was designed to establish foundational protocols for assessing effectiveness of a therapeutic compound developed by Hoth Therapeutics, the BioLexa Platform, for accelerating and improving wound healing in the context of acute and chronic diabetic ulcers, using an animal model of impaired wound healing developed at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).
Specific study objectives were:
- Optimize the method of application of the therapeutic compound (BioLexa) on diabetic skin wounds in the mouse models of acute and chronic diabetic wound healing established at the Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center (VIC) at MGH directed by Dr. Mark Poznansky.
- Optimize the Staphylococcus aureus inoculation dose to achieve biofilm growth in the infected diabetic wound model.
An animal protocol amendment was submitted to and approved by the MGH Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to allow the application of the BioLexa compound on wounds in the established mouse model
A full Biosafety protocol was submitted to and approved by the Partners Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) to allow the use of pathogens such as S. aureus.
All work was performed in compliance with these institutionally approved protocols.
After 22 days post-injury, the animals were euthanized and the dressings on the wounds were removed to reveal the wounds and collect tissue biopsies.
Upon removal of the wound dressings and the obscuring cream, Dr. Ruxandra Sirbulescu who designed and conducted the pilot study at MGH observed that the majority of the wounds, treated with either BioLexa or the carrier base control of BioLexa, were fully closed and re-epithelialized. While the present pilot study did not include wounds treated with saline solution, previous studies in this model have shown that wounds treated with control solutions, such as saline, remain fully open ulcers at 22 days post injury (Sirbulescu et al., 2017, Wound Repair Regen.).
Dr Sirbulescu remarked “We observed complete closure in all treated wounds, which is not typical for this experimental model. Moreover, several parameters associated with the quality of tissue regeneration were significantly improved after treatment of the open ulcers with Biolexa, including better collagen deposition and increased angiogenesis. Our next studies will aim to confirm the observed regenerative effects of the Biolexa platform in the context of chronic diabetic ulcers, with and without substantial bacterial burden.”
Robb Knie, CEO of Hoth commented “Preliminary results indicated that, as a wound care product, Biolexa performed extremely well in a mouse model of diabetic ulcers. Hoth is excited about the next phase of our pilot program for DFU’s and look forward to sharing results upon the completion of the next module.”
Biopsies collected from all wounds were processed for histological evaluation. Tissue samples were sectioned transversally through the wound bed/scar, and the sections were stained with hematoxylin & eosin as well as Masson’s trichrome to evaluate tissue structure.
Example of longitudinal imaging of wounds in one representative animal (out of a total of 10). Over the course of 22 days the wounds remained covered. The cream compounds (either BioLexa or carrier control) were replenished on days 2 and 14. The treatment covered the wound bed and obscured the wound edges from view.
High-magnification detail of a section (stained with Masson’s trichrome) collected from a healed wound biopsy treated with BioLexa compound. Note the complete reepithelialization process and the re-forming of an epidermal and dermal layer, with multiple newly formed blood vessels (capillaries). Fibroblasts in the dermis actively deposit collagen (blue).
The tissue sections were scored according to criteria described in detail previously (Sirbulescu et al., 2017, Wound Repair Regen), for the following categories (Figure 5): Amount of granulation tissue; Collagen fiber orientation; Maturity of newly deposited collagen; Pattern of collagen deposition; Angiogenesis; Thickness of regenerated tissue; Width of scar; Cutaneous nerve growth.
Preliminary evaluation of the wound tissue biopsies at day 22 post injury and treatment with BioLexa or carrier control.
These preliminary data suggest a benefit of BioLexa treatment over placebo in certain categories. However, a larger, well-controlled study is required before any clear conclusion can be drawn on treatment efficacy.
About Hoth Therapeutics, Inc.
Hoth Therapeutics, Inc., a Nevada corporation, is a biopharmaceutical company focused on unique targeted therapeutics for patients suffering from indications such as atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema. Hoth has exclusive worldwide rights to the BioLexa Platform.
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