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Synairgen planning winter trial as it develops inhaled interferon beta drug for COPD

Richard Marsden, chief executive of Synairgen plc (LON:SNG) tells Proactive they're to  develop their inhaled interferon beta drug SNG001 as a potential treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) after a review of data indicated it can boost the lungs’ antiviral capabilities.

A short trial is being planned this winter to test the COPD potential.

Marsden also discusses their upcoming LOXL2 trial.

PXS-5382A, an inhibitor that aids breathing in patients by targeting the LOXL2 enzyme, is being developed with Australian firm Pharmaxis.

Results from the Phase I trial are scheduled for the middle of 2018, after which the aim is to find a partner to license the drug due to size of the potential market and number of indications it could address.

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