CytoDyn Signs Distribution Agreement with Macleods Pharmaceuticals Ltd. to Pursue EUA and Compassionate Use Access to Leronlimab in India
Macleods is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in India with presence in over 140 countries
VANCOUVER, Washington, May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CytoDyn Inc. (OTC.QB: CYDY), (“CytoDyn” or the “Company"), a late-stage biotechnology company developing leronlimab (Vyrologix or PRO 140), a CCR5 antagonist with the potential for multiple therapeutic indications, announced today it has executed an exclusive supply and distribution agreement with Macleods Pharmaceuticals Ltd. in India. This commercial agreement will enable Macleods to sell leronlimab in India following regulatory clearance.
Nader Pourhassan, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of CytoDyn, stated, “We are delighted Macleods Pharmaceuticals reached out to CytoDyn and equally excited to reach this agreement with their team so quickly. From the time they first contacted us about our drug, we were able to conclude this agreement within a few days. It is an honor to work with an organization so motivated to bring leronlimab to COVID-19 patients in India. Currently India has zero product approved for critically ill Covid-19 patients and we are delighted to be working toward being the first approved drug for this population.”
Vijay Agarwal, a Business Development Director at Macleods, commented, “We are thrilled with our recently executed exclusive supply and distribution agreement with CytoDyn. We believe there is an immediate need for leronlimab in our country, to save COVID-19 infected patients who are on ventilators. We need to bring this product to market ASAP for them!”
About Macleods Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Macleods, headquartered in Mumbai, India, is a vertically integrated, global pharmaceutical company. Established in 1986, Macleods features in top 10 pharmaceutical companies in India. Macleods specializes in the development and manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients and finished dosage pharmaceutical formulations. More information is available at www.macleodspharma.com.
About Leronlimab (PRO 140)
Leronlimab has been studied in 11 clinical trials involving more than 1,200 people and met its primary endpoints in a pivotal Phase 3 trial (leronlimab combined with standard antiretroviral therapies in HIV-infected treatment-experienced patients).
Leronlimab is a viral-entry inhibitor in HIV/AIDS. It masks CCR5, thus protecting healthy T cells from viral infection by blocking the predominant HIV (R5) subtype from entering those cells. Nine clinical trials have demonstrated leronlimab could significantly reduce or control HIV viral load in humans. The leronlimab antibody appears to be a powerful antiviral agent with fewer side effects and less frequent dosing requirements than currently used daily drug therapies.
CytoDyn has successfully completed a Phase 3 pivotal trial using leronlimab combined with standard antiretroviral therapies in HIV-infected treatment-experienced patients. CytoDyn has been working diligently to resubmit its Biologics License Application ("BLA") for this HIV combination therapy since receiving a Refusal to File letter in July 2020 and subsequently meeting with the FDA telephonically to address their written guidance concerning the submission. CytoDyn expects to resubmit its BLA via a rolling submission starting in the third quarter of calendar 2021.
CytoDyn is a late-stage biotechnology company developing innovative treatments for multiple therapeutic indications using leronlimab, a novel humanized monoclonal antibody targeting the CCR5 receptor. CCR5 appears to play a critical role in the ability of HIV to enter and infect healthy T-cells. More information is at www.cytodyn.com.
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Cristina De Leon
Released May 13, 2021