Business Wire 14-Jan-2019 8:30 AM
New idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis QSP platform to enable more efficient drug development
DILIsym Services Inc., a Simulations Plus company (NASDAQ:SLP) and a leading provider of simulation and modeling software for pharmaceutical safety and efficacy, today announced that it is initiating development of IPFsym™, QSP (quantitative systems pharmacology) modeling software that will provide the ability to predict the efficacy of drugs being developed to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The development of IPFsym is being sponsored by a large pharmaceutical company partner for $2.7 million, and it will be widely available via licensing and consulting for the broader pharmaceutical industry upon completion.
Dr. Scott Q Siler, chief scientific officer of DILIsym Services, said: "IPF is a fatal lung disease that is characterized by a progressive loss of lung function. Genetic and environmental factors compromise the epithelial cells of the lung, leading to pulmonary fibrosis over time. DILIsym Services is leveraging our experience in modeling liver fibrosis in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with NAFLDsym® to simulate lung fibrosis and other aspects of IPF. There is substantial effort within the pharmaceutical industry to develop effective treatments for IPF, and we believe predictions with QSP modeling software like IPFsym will make the clinical development process more efficient."
IPFsym will include key pathophysiologic mechanisms and clinical aspects of IPF, such as lung fibrosis, alveolar epithelial injury, pulmonary fibrosis, and test of lung function (e.g., forced vital capacity--FVC). IPFsym will also include the ability to simulate disease progression and inter-patient variability in pathophysiologic and clinical characteristics with SimPops®.
Shawn O'Connor, chief executive officer of Simulations Plus, DILIsym's parent company, added: "The sponsored development of IPFsym will provide a valuable predictive modeling and simulation tool that can be used to improve the cost and efficiency of drug development and, importantly, positively support decision making that can directly impact patient safety. This endeavor is another example of our leadership in QSP modeling, including the ability to predict both the efficacy and safety of drugs. Moreover, we are excited that this effort will also include expansion of our flagship PBPK modeling software, GastroPlus, to improve the predictions of compound exposure upon inhalation of drugs."
About DILIsym Services Inc.
DILIsym Services Inc. was founded in 2015 in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and is the leading provider of drug-induced liver injury simulation software and related consulting services to the pharmaceutical industry. The company spun out of the former Hamner Institutes, acquiring all of the intellectual property, software, documentation, and other materials for the DILIsym software. The company's other products include MITOsym®, for simulating in vitro mitochondrial function; NAFLDsym®, for the study of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease – a worldwide disease with few available treatment options; and a future tool, RENAsym®, for predicting drug-induced kidney injury. More information is available on the company's website at https://www.dilisym.com.
About Simulations Plus, Inc.
Simulations Plus, Inc., is a premier developer of drug discovery and development software as well as a leading provider of both preclinical and clinical pharmacometric consulting services for regulatory submissions. The company is a global leader focused on improving the ways scientists use knowledge and data to predict the properties and outcomes of pharmaceutical and biotechnology agents. Our software is licensed to and used in the conduct of drug research by major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and regulatory agencies worldwide. Our innovations in integrating new and existing science in medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry, pharmaceutical science, biology, and physiology into our software have made us the leading software provider for physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling and simulation. For more information, visit our website at www.simulations-plus.com.
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