Author Archives: Marta Figueiredo PhD

Inhaled PRS-220 May Be Better Than Into-the-vein Pamrevlumab for IPF

In preclinical studies, PRS-220, Pieris Pharmaceuticals’ experimental inhaled therapy for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), showed stronger lung tissue penetration and anti-scarring effects than pamrevlumab — an into-the-vein, mechanistically similar IPF therapy currently being tested in a Phase 3 clinical trial. These promising findings, which support Pieris’…

Vitamin D Eases Lung Fibrosis by Blocking RAS Pathway, Study Finds

Treatment with vitamin D’s active form lessened lung scarring, and significantly reduced the levels of fibrotic markers in a mouse model of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a study reported. Notably, these benefits were associated with vitamin D’s suppression of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), whose chronic activation promotes the production of…

MediciNova’s MN-001 for IPF Fails to Slow Lung Function Decline

Six months of treatment with MN-001 (tipelukast), MediciNova’s investigational oral therapy, failed to significantly improve lung function in adults with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), according to data from a small Phase 2 clinical trial. The therapy, however, was associated with some positive effects, such as a reduction in worsening IPF…

Metabolic Enzyme Shows Potential as IPF Therapy in Early Study

Blocking the activity of a metabolic enzyme called succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) promoted the death of myofibroblasts — the main drivers of pulmonary fibrosis (PF) — and helped to heal persistent lung scarring (fibrosis) in a rat model, a study reported. These benefits were associated with a rescue of the metabolic abnormalities…

Study to Test If Wearable Device Can Predict Symptom Worsening

Researchers at the University of Alberta are studying whether combining a commercially available wearable device with artificial intelligence can effectively predict symptom worsening in people with chronic lung conditions, such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Developed by New York-based Health Care Originals to monitor asthma, the ADAMM-RSM…

Tyvaso Improved Lung Function in IPF Patients With PH

Four months of treatment with Tyvaso (inhaled treprostinil) significantly improved lung function in adults with pulmonary hypertension associated with interstitial lung disease (PH-ILD), according to a post-hoc analysis of data from the Phase 2/3 INCREASE clinical trial. PH-ILD comprises a group of conditions characterized by significant lung scarring (fibrosis), including…

Inhaled PRS-220 Aims to Treat Both IPF and ‘Long COVID’ PF

Pieris Pharmaceuticals plans to start clinical development of PRS-220 in 2022 for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) — and also will advance the investigative, inhaled therapy for “long COVID” PF, or post-COVID-19 pulmonary fibrosis, the company said. The clinical development of PRS-220 for long COVID pulmonary fibrosis will be…