BullFrog AI Announces Issuance of Australian Patent Protecting Novel Prodrugs of Mebendazole and Their Use in Treating Cancer
Issued patent provides protection for BF-223 and related compounds
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Jan. 16, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BullFrog AI Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BFRG; BFRGW) ("BullFrog AI" or the "Company"), a technology-enabled drug development company using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to enable the successful development of pharmaceuticals and biologics, today announced that the Australian Patent Office has issued Patent No. 2019216757 protecting the Company’s novel prodrugs derived from mebendazole and their use in treating cancers and other diseases. This follows the July 2023 announcement of the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 11,712,435 for this invention (link), with issuance of patents expected in additional territories in the future.
The patented compounds exhibit improved solubility and oral bioavailability relative to the parent drug, thereby addressing a key difficulty associated with the potential use of mebendazole for oncology indications, and include BF-223, a key asset in the Company’s pipeline of in-licensed drugs. The Company previously announced positive results from a preclinical study demonstrating that BF-223 has anticancer activity in an animal model for glioblastoma (link).
"This patent grant further strengthens intellectual property protection of this key asset in our pipeline," said Vin Singh, founder and CEO of BullFrog AI. "Mebendazole has shown promise in treating various types of cancer, and the results of our preclinical study evaluating BF-223 in an animal model of glioblastoma support our thesis that prodrugs of mebendazole may provide enhanced therapeutic potential, thereby improving the likelihood of clinical success. We look forward to working with strategic partners to monetize this promising asset for the treatment of glioblastoma and other oncology indications."
About BullFrog AI
BullFrog AI is a technology-enabled drug development company using AI and machine learning to enable the successful development of pharmaceuticals and biologics. Through its collaborations with leading research institutions, BullFrog AI is at the forefront of AI-driven drug development using its proprietary bfLEAP™ artificial intelligence platform to create and analyze networks of biological, clinical, and real-world data spanning from early discovery to late-stage clinical trials. BullFrog AI is deploying bfLEAP™ for use at several critical stages of development with the intention of streamlining data analytics in therapeutics development, decreasing the overall development costs by decreasing failure rates for new therapeutics.
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Released January 16, 2024