In a news release, Avivagen Inc. (VIV:TSX.V; VIVXF:OTCQB) announced that in light of COVID-19, it is fast tracking the commercial launch of its antibiotic-free OxC-beta product as an immune boosting supplement for humans.
"The seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic tells us that we have a duty to bring our product forward to try and assist in the global fight to contain the spread of and impact of COVID-19," CEO Kym Anthony said in the release. "Longer term, we know that the benefits of our patent-protected OxC-beta product will help countless people face daily challenges by having a primed innate immune system ready to fight pathogens and helping keep undesirable inflammation at bay."
To accelerate OxC-beta's commercial debut as a supplement for humans in the U.S., Avivagen hired Bloom Burton & Co.'s consulting group to assist with the regulatory path, strategy and timing.
Already, Avivagen launched OxC-beta first as an addition to livestock feeds and also as a supplement for companion animals.
The life sciences firm has been studying the transmission, symptoms and progression of COVID-19 and comparing those data to its body of scientific work on what OxC-beta achieves and how.
Those data show that the product "supports and primes the innate immune system while also dampening chronic, overzealous inflammatory responses, elements that could prove beneficial to those with heightened risk of infection with COVID-19, seasonal flu, the common cold and future emerging diseases caused by novel pathogens," the release noted. For instance, a study in bovine respiratory disease, which can cause respiratory failure and death in calves, showed that treatment with OxC-beta of Holstein calves helped resolve lung inflammation.
According to the company, OxC-beta's mechanism of action involves boosting the body's number of pathogen-sensing receptors, including Toll-like receptor-2 and receptor-4, which surveil for harmful pathogens. It also increases the expression of genes involved in pathogen defense, including IFNGR1/CD119, TLR2, TLR4, CD14 and LY96/MD2.
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