April 2021: Once again, MipSalus is expanding its premises in DTU Science Park. The expansion includes laboratories, storage capacity and an additional office. The new premises will primarily be used for establishing a facility for demonstration and documentation of scalable production methods for Phelimin.
Grant for circular economy in medicine production
March 2021: MipSalus, UltraAqua A/S and Process Design A/S have received a DKK 10 million grant from the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark’s programme MUDP for a Beacon Project. MipSalus and its collaborators will establish a facility for demonstration and documentation of scalable production methods for Phelimin. It will be based on the principles of circular economy, and optimize resource recycling in new Danish medicinal product production. The project builds on the results from MipSalus’ former MUDP project that was successfully concluded in 2020 and will integrate the recycling of water, chemicals and energy in the pharmaceutical production process.
Inborn Errors of Metabolism Drug Development Conference
March 2020: CSO Klaus Gregorius will present MipSalus’ groundbreaking yet simple solution to treating PKU: Giving PKU-patients the phenylalanine-binding drug, Phelimin, to drink before having a normal meal. Phelimin thus transforms PKU-patients from patients to people living on a normal diet. At the conference in Boston, US, over 80 inherited metabolic disease drug developers and KOLs will explore how the key challenges prohibiting accelerated drug development are being addressed.
Granted Orphan Drug Designation at the FDA
February 2020: MipSalus has reached yet another Phelimin milestone with the Orphan-Drug Designation (ODD) granted by U.S. Food & Drug Administration, FDA. The ODD was awarded based on the scientific evidence produced by MipSalus and it entails a range of benefits that apply to all stages of the development of Phelimin. The decision is published on the FDA website.
Copenhagen Nanomedicine Day
November 2019: CSO Klaus Gregorius will give a talk at the Copenhagen Nanomedicine Day at University of Copenhagen on how MipSalus uses phenylalanine-binding polymer nano-particles as a medicinal product for the treatment of PKU patients.
The 33rd E.S.PKU Conference
November 2019: MipSalus attends the 33rd E.S.PKU (European Society for Phenylketonuria and Allied Disorders Treated as Phenylketonuria) conference in Izmir, Turkey. The conference assembles patients, organizations and professionals. CSO Klaus Gregorius will give a presentation on MipSalus´ breakthrough treatment of PKU and the progression of the drug development process.
Expansion of working facilities
October 2019: MipSalus increases its facilities at DTU Science Park (previously Scion DTU) including a new laboratory and extra office space for the company´s latest employees.
Mipsalus closes a private placement
July 2019: MipSalus closes a private placement from private investors.
Grant for development of treatment of AKU
March 2019: MipSalus has received a DKK 0.5 million grant from Innovation Fund Denmark for the development of a treatment for the ultra rare genetic disease Alkaptonuria (AKU), also known as Black Bone Disease. AKU patients accumulate the metabolite HGA, which over time, leads to black and brittle bones and cartilage, and early onset osteoarthritis. The first known medicinal treatment for AKU, nitisinone, leads to nitisinone-induced hypertyrosinaemia. This causes the same health problems for AKU patients as for PKU patients and requires them to be on a heavily protein-reduced diet. MipSalus’ AKU treatment will allow nitisinone treated AKU patients to be on a normal diet.
Grant for resource recycling in medicine production
November 2018: MipSalus has received a DKK 3 million grant from the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark’s programme MUDP for the developing of a concept for optimization of resource recycling in new Danish medicinal product production – “Circular by design”. The project aims at integrating the recycling of water, chemicals and energy in the final design of the production process.
Presentation at the 10th International Workshop on AKU
April 2018: Presentation at the 10th International Workshop on Alkaptonuria (AKU) in Liverpool describing MipSalus´ new treatment principle for phenylketonuria and similar metabolic diseases such as AKU and HT-1.
Promising Results from Preliminary Safety Study
July 2017: A preliminary 2-week safety study was performed by oral administration of MIPs particles to four groups BALB/c mice (5 mice per group), three times a day for one and two weeks, respectively. No difference was observed between the treated and non-treated (control) groups at all parameters tested:
- Weight and general well-being, as well as food and water intake were recorded daily or every other day.
- Macroscopic examination on stomach and intestine scoring histological changes, intestine content, and autolysis (intestine).
- Tumor Necrosis Factor in blood was measured by ELISA after one and two weeks.
The said results confirm the assumption that both the polymer making up Phelimin and the particles themselves behave inert in the mouse GI tract when dosed at a level suitable to prevent accumulation from a normal diet in a PKU mouse.
Multi-dose studies with Phelimin show high efficacy and flexibility
April 2017: Multi-dose studies document Phelimin to be very effective in regulating the phenylalanine uptake from dietary proteins. PKU mice were treated for two days with three administrations of Phelimin and dietary proteins per day. Three different dosing levels of Phelimin were tested and the lowest Phelimin dose was able to stabilize the blood phenylalanine at a normal, low level. The untreated control group had a significant accumulation of blood phenylalanine over the two days. The studies document a strong Phelimin dose-response effect, meaning that the phenylalanine uptake can be regulated at the individual meal-level. Hence, the patients can regulate their blood phenylalanine very efficiently by dosing Phelimin according to each meal and therefore has the freedom e.g. to eat many small meals or fewer larger meals of normal food – whatever he or she finds appropriate.
Correction of information published on GeneFo’s homepage
April 2017: On April 14, 2017, GeneFo announced that MipSalus’ upcoming medicinal product Phelimin for treatment of PKU had been approved by EU authorities and was awaiting approval in US. This is not correct and GeneFo has removed the information. However, Phelimin shows very promising effect in preclinical studies (see the latest release of animal data) and we expect to initiate clinical trials within 24 months.
We highly appreciate the interest from PKU patients for our Phelimin and see it as an additional confirmation of the de facto unmet medical need existing for PKU patients and it encourages us to work even harder to transform the very promising preclinical data into clinical trials.
Orphan Drug Designation for Phelimin
October 2016: Based on scientific evidence produced by MipSalus the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has on October 6, 2016 announced that MipSalus’ Phelimin has potential as treatment of Phenylketonuria (PKU). The European Commission has therefore on November 18, 2016 granted Phelimin an Orphan Drug Designation. EU orphan designation number: EU/3/16/1784
The Decision is published for information in all official languages of the EU in the Community Register of Orphan Medicinal Products (http://www.ema.europa.eu/ema/index.jsp?curl=pages/medicines/human/orphans/2016/12/human_orphan_001874.jsp&mid=WC0b01ac058001d12b).
Meet us at BioEurope Spring 2016
April 2016: MipSalus participates in BioEurope Spring 2016 in Stockholm. BioEurope is the premier springtime partnering event for biotech and pharmaceutical companies, academic innovators, investors and others. CEO Nicolas Krogh and CSO Klaus Gregorius represent MipSalus.
Promising results with breakthrough treatment of orphan disease PKU
March 2016: Studies evidence MipSalus’ technology in PKU animal model: MipSalus’ MIP-based product reduces the blood Phe level by approx. 70% in mice fed with high-protein. The studies have been conducted with Phe levels that are clinically relevant if proportionally scaled up to humans.
Grant for feasibility study of home sensor
February 2016: MipSalus receives a DKK 0.5 million grant from Innovation Fund Denmark for a feasibility study of its home sensor for blood phenylalanine. Intended to establish all technical aspects, the study is an important step prior to the development of a proto type.
Grant for development of breakthrough treatment of PKU
February 2014: MipSalus receives a DKK 13 million grant from Højteknologifonden (now: Innovation Fund Denmark) for the development of the company’s breakthrough treatment of the orphan disease Phenylketonuria (PKU) in close collaboration with Aarhus University, Denmark.