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AllTranz Inc. has technology suitable for making pro-drugs out of opioids and cannabinoids, and it thinks these can be developed as treatments for a wide range of indications, from neuropathic pain to addiction, pancreatitis, and more. The company is leading, however, with a gel formulation that combines cannabidiol and penetration enhancers to treat the pain of osteoarthritis as well as strains and sprains.
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A preview of the emerging health care companies profiled in the current issue of Start-Up. This month's profile group, Transdermal Drug Delivery: More Than Skin Deep, features profiles of AllTranz, Ocelus, Quinnova and Syntropharma. Plus these Start-Ups Across Health Care: Apnex Medical, Cellular Dynamics, Helix Therapeutics, Presym and Vatrix Medical.
Syntropharma Ltd. aims to take known drugs that can be improved via transdermal delivery, or gain product life-extension through reformulation in the novel delivery mechanism. The company is focusing on two candidates: a transdermal selegiline patch for depression (aimed at the European market) and a patch formulation of naltrexone, an opioid receptor antagonist for battling dependence on alcohol and opiates.
Ocelus Ltd. hopes to extend transdermal delivery to macromolecules. Its early-stage technology combines a microchip reservoir with microneedles that could painlessly inject precise yet tiny amounts of a drug into the skin at hundreds of sites per square centimeter. This could make administration simpler, and by reducing the pain associated with injectable drugs, improve patient compliance.