Biota Pharmaceuticals' CEO Dr. Joseph Patti Interviewed by The Life Sciences Report
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Posted by: Angela King
SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 15, 2015) - Direct-acting antiviral therapies are poised to become a major disruptive technology in treatment for viruses, including human rhinovirus and human papillomavirus. In this interview, Dr. Joseph M. Patti, CEO of Biota Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: BOTA), tells The Life Sciences Report about the novel antiviral therapies in his company's pipeline that address the cause of viral conditions, rather than merely the symptoms.
The Life Sciences Report: What's the main differentiator for Biota Pharmaceuticals Inc.?
Joe Patti: Biota Pharmaceuticals is focused on infectious diseases. Our core competency is in antivirals. We have three major programs targeting different viruses, using a combination of oral and inhaled drug delivery systems.
TLSR: What does Biota Pharmaceuticals bring to the antiviral therapy space?
JP: We're going after validated targets that we've seen in the scientific literature. If you have a safe, potent, small molecule that demonstrates good bioavailability at the relevant tissues, you should be able to generate a decent clinical outcome. Thus, for our human rhinovirus (HRV) programs, we're targeting the capsid with vapendavir. Vapendavir binds tightly in the VP1 capsid protein canyon, disrupting the ability of the capsid to bind to a specific cell surface receptor and inhibiting the successful release of the viral RNA into the cell cytoplasm during the viral uncoating process.
Also, there are several incidences in the literature in which potent drugs have yielded beneficial clinical outcomes for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). For that program, we're targeting...
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