Oragenics Announces Positive Results in Several Lantibiotics Compounds Against MRSA and VRE
Potentially Addresses Life-Threatening Antibiotic-Resistant Infections
TAMPA, Fla. (March 14, 2023) – Oragenics, Inc. (NYSE American: OGEN) (“Oragenics” or the “Company”), a biotechnology company dedicated to fighting infectious diseases, today reports favorable findings from third party laboratory testing of several compounds in Oragenics’ lantibiotics platform to combat multiple pathogens despite the resistance of those pathogens to standard-of-care antibiotics. Lantibiotics are a novel class of antibiotics with the potential to treat serious, life-threatening infections.
Oragenics’ lantibiotics platform is focused on the development of new antibiotics effective against certain pathogens including vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This preclinical testing was conducted through Oragenics’ collaboration with Linnaeus Bioscience Inc.
Testing by Linnaeus Bioscience demonstrated that the MRSA and VRE strains and clinical isolates remained sensitive to several Oragenics’ lantibiotic structures analyzed despite their resistance to so-called drugs of last resort such as oxacillin, methicillin, vancomycin and/or daptomycin.
Kim Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oragenics, commented, “We previously reported that cross-resistance does not appear to emerge with our novel class of antibiotics because of their unique mechanism of action. We are encouraged by the outcomes of our recent collaboration with Linnaeus, which verify that life-threatening pathogens that are resistant to drugs of last resort – including vancomycin and daptomycin – remain sensitive to several of our lantibiotic compounds. This is another significant step in efforts to identify a new lead compound to advance into the clinic toward the development of novel therapies to fight infectious diseases.”
Marc Sharp, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Linnaeus Bioscience and an expert on antibiotic mechanism of action, stated, “Antimicrobial resistance continues to be a significant and increasingly serious clinical problem. Through this collaboration with Oragenics we demonstrated that clinically-relevant representative strains and contemporary clinical isolates remain sensitive to several lantibiotics despite the multidrug-resistance phenotype of those bacterial species. Vancomycin and daptomycin in particular are among the drugs that are used for treating severe healthcare-associated MRSA infections.”
More than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the U.S. each year, and more than 35,000 people die as a result. Oragenics is focused on addressing this unmet medical need through its novel lantibiotics platform, and the results of its work with Linnaeus Bioscience advance Oragenics’ long-term mission to become a provider of effective treatments for infectious diseases. Oragenics remains committed to fighting infectious diseases through the development of its lantibiotics pipeline against MRSA and VRE pathogens.
About Linnaeus Bioscience Inc.
At Linnaeus Bioscience Inc., our mission is to speed up drug discovery through the exploration, advancement and application of innovative technologies. Established in 2012, Linnaeus was founded to commercialize the Bacterial Cytological Profiling (BCP) platform first developed at the University of California San Diego. BCP enables us to rapidly understand the mechanism of action of antibiotics by performing the equivalent of an autopsy on bacterial cells. We apply this cutting-edge technology to develop our own internal pipeline of molecules that target Gram-negative bacteria and provide access to BCP on a fee-for-service basis. For further details about Linnaeus Bioscience Inc., please visit our website at www.linnaeusbio.com.
About Oragenics, Inc.
Oragenics, Inc. is a development-stage company dedicated to fighting infectious diseases, including those caused by coronaviruses and multidrug-resistant organisms. Its lead product is NT-CoV2-1, an intranasal vaccine candidate to prevent COVID-19 and variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The NT-CoV2-1 program leverages coronavirus spike protein research licensed from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) with a focus on reducing viral transmission and offering a more patient-friendly intranasal administration. Its lantibiotics program features a novel class of antibiotics against bacteria that have developed resistance to commercial antibiotics. For more information about Oragenics, please visit www.oragenics.com.
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