HAMILTON, BERMUDA / ACCESSWIRE / March 9, 2022 / Altamira Therapeutics Ltd. (NASDAQ:CYTO), a company dedicated to developing therapeutics that address important unmet medical needs, today announced that its affiliate, Altamira Medica, has received the necessary approvals to initiate a clinical investigation of Bentrio™ in COVID-19 patients (the "COVAMID" study).
COVAMID is a randomized, placebo controlled clinical trial to evaluate the ability of Bentrio™ nasal spray to reduce the SARS-CoV-2 viral load in the nose, alleviate COVID-19 signs and symptoms, and decrease the frequency of COVID-19 related hospital admissions. In the COVAMID trial, 136 confirmed (via a positive PCR test) COVID-19 patients will be randomized at a 2:1:1 ratio to receive for 10 days either Bentrio™, a placebo (Bentrio™ minus its key mineral component), or no treatment, followed by a 10-day observation phase. Based on a planned blinded interim analysis, the number of participants may be increased to a maximum of 180 COVID-19 patients. The COVAMID study will start immediately in Bulgaria, and pending further approvals, it may be extended to two additional countries.
"After demonstrating Bentrio's safety and efficacy in helping to protect patients against airborne allergens, we are excited to start the clinical assessment of our innovative nasal spray also in airborne viral infections," commented Thomas Meyer, Altamira Therapeutics' founder, Chairman and CEO. "Multiple in vitro studies of Bentrio using human nasal epithelia cells infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus or the H1N1 virus have demonstrated a significant reduction of the viral titer with either prophylactic or therapeutic application. We now look forward to testing Bentrio in the treatment of COVID-19 under clinical conditions to evaluate and confirm the effectiveness of its triple mode of action, which comprises the formation of a protective film on the nasal mucosa, the trapping of virus particles and the humidification of the mucosa."
Bentrio™ (AM-301) is a drug-free nasal spray intended for personal protection against airborne viruses and allergens. Upon application into the nose, Bentrio™ forms a protective gel layer on the nasal mucosa. This thin film is designed to prevent the contact of viruses or allergens with cells; in addition, the composition serves to bind such particles and help with their discharge and to humidify the nasal mucosa. Together, this is designed to reduce the risk of upper respiratory tract viral infections and promote alleviation of allergic symptoms. In human nasal epithelium cells infected by SARS-CoV-2, Bentrio™ was shown to reduce the infectious viral load by more than 99% when used for prevention. Further, Bentrio™ was effective in slowing the growth of the viral titer when treatment started only 24 or 30 hours after infection. In allergy, a clinical investigation in a pollen challenge chamber demonstrated a significant reduction in the main symptoms of allergic rhinitis with the protective effect setting in rapidly and lasting for 4 hours.
About Altamira Therapeutics
Altamira Therapeutics is dedicated to developing therapeutics that address important unmet medical needs. The Company is currently active in three areas: the development of RNA therapeutics for extrahepatic therapeutic targets (OligoPhore™ / SemaPhore™ platforms; preclinical), nasal sprays for protection against airborne viruses and allergens (Bentrio™; commercial) or the treatment of vertigo (AM-125; Phase 2), and the development of therapeutics for intratympanic treatment of tinnitus or hearing loss (Keyzilen® and Sonsuvi®, Phase 3). The Company was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda with its main operations in Basel, Switzerland. The shares of Altamira Therapeutics Ltd. trade on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol "CYTO."
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