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Biora Therapeutics Announces Issuance of Key Patent for Oral Delivery of GLP-1 Receptor Agonists

Patent Covers Jet Delivery of GLP-1 Receptor Agonists to the Small Intestine for Treatment of Any Disease Including Type 2 Diabetes

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Biora Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: BIOR), the biotech company that is reimagining therapeutics, announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a patent related to the company’s technologies for oral, systemic delivery of biologics, which uses an ingestible device designed to achieve systemic uptake through liquid jet delivery to the small intestine.

The USPTO has issued U.S. Patent No. 11,439,802 entitled, “Ingestible device for delivery of therapeutic agent to the gastrointestinal tract.” The patent is directed to methods for using an ingestible device to treat a disease or condition in a patient using jet delivery of a glucagon receptor agonist (RA) or a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist formulation to the small intestine to achieve systemic uptake.

GLP-1 receptor agonists are a class of drug approved for type 2 diabetes and weight loss but are also being evaluated by other parties in other diseases including fatty liver disease and atrial fibrillation. According to leading analytics firm GlobalData, the GLP-1 receptor agonist market is forecasted to be well over $20 billion by 2025, with multiple billion-dollar drugs including Victoza®, Trulicity®, Ozempic®, Rybelsus®, and Mounjaro®.

“This latest patent is important for us because it generally covers oral delivery of any GLP-1 RA using an ingestible device and jet delivery to the small intestine,” said Adi Mohanty, Chief Executive Officer of Biora Therapeutics. “It strengthens the intellectual property position for our PGN-OB2 candidate, which consists of a GLP-1 receptor agonist delivered via liquid jet into the small intestinal tissue for the treatment of type 2 diabetes,” continued Mr. Mohanty. “The only oral GLP-1 receptor agonist available today is about 1% bioavailable. We believe we can do significantly better than that, having already shown preclinical bioavailability averaging over 20% with proteins.”

While patent 11,439,802 is directed to methods of jet delivery of GLP-1 receptor agonist formulations to the small intestine, Biora Therapeutics also holds device patents and applications directed to its OBDS ingestible device, including U.S. Patent No. 11,007,356 entitled, “Ingestible device for delivery of therapeutic agent to the gastrointestinal tract.” Biora Therapeutics’ robust patent portfolio consists of 82 patent families, including approximately 170 issued patents and more than 170 pending applications worldwide, following the transfer of its liquid biopsy-related intellectual property to Enumera Molecular. The portfolio includes patents and applications directed to devices (including gastrointestinal “GI” localization, targeted delivery to the GI tract, jet delivery into GI tissue, and GI sampling), therapeutic treatment via ingestible devices (including PK/PD profiles, dosing regimens, drug combinations, and liquid drug formulations) and sampling and diagnostics (including sample preservation, testing, diagnostic markers, and protein and nucleic acid markers and assays).

About Biora Therapeutics’ Systemic Therapeutics Platform
Biora Therapeutics’ systemic therapeutics platform uses an ingestible smart capsule for needle-free, oral delivery of biotherapeutics, with the potential to deliver a broad range of large molecules including monoclonal antibodies, peptides, and nucleic acids. Biora’s Oral Biotherapeutics Delivery System (OBDS) is an ingestible capsule designed to use proprietary liquid jet delivery to increase systemic uptake and bioavailability of large molecules. Once swallowed, the capsule is designed to transit through the digestive system and trigger in the small intestine, where liquid jets deliver drug directly into the intestinal mucosa. The capsule is approximately the size of a multivitamin and can deliver up to 400µL of liquid formulation, such as proteins, peptides, and nucleic acids.

Biora is developing the PGN-OB2 program, which consists of a GLP-1 receptor agonist delivered via liquid jet into the small intestinal tissue using the OBDS capsule, for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Oral GLP-1 receptor agonists are preferred by patients, and research indicates that people who start treatment with an injectable GLP-1 receptor agonist have a 71% higher discontinuation rate than those starting oral therapy. The company is currently advancing development of PGN-OB2 with preclinical studies.

About Biora Therapeutics
Biora Therapeutics is the biotech company that is reimagining therapeutics. By creating innovative smart pills designed for targeted drug delivery to the GI tract, and systemic, needle-free delivery of biotherapeutics, the company is developing therapies to improve patients’ lives. Biora envisions a world where patients have access to needle-free drug delivery and better therapeutic outcomes.

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Victoza®, Trulicity®, Ozempic®, Rybelsus®, and Mounjaro® are registered trademarks held by their respective owners.

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