Pulmatrix Announces Commercial Launch of FEND, an OTC Nasal Hygiene Product Proven to Reduce Airborne Respiratory Droplets, with Partner Sensory Cloud
Series of Scientific Publications Demonstrate up to 99% Reduction of Airborne Respiratory Droplets Including Those not Captured by Surgical Masks
Commercial Launch Provides Immediate, Broad Availability with Pulmatrix to Receive Escalating Royalties on Product Sales
Oct 21, 2020, 09:00 ET
LEXINGTON, Mass., Oct. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pulmatrix, Inc. (NASDAQ: PULM), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative inhaled therapies for serious pulmonary and non-pulmonary disease using its patented iSPERSE™ technology, today announced marketing and distribution partner Sensory Cloud's commercial launch of FEND, a hypertonic calcium chloride salt solution with nasal mister. FEND is a potentially important new hygiene option beyond masks to combat the ongoing COVD-19 pandemic. Pulmatrix licensed the rights to the Company's NasoCalm proprietary formulations (PUR003 and PUR006) to Sensory Cloud, now integral to the product FEND, with Sensory Cloud to market and distribute FEND, and Pulmatrix to receive escalating royalties, upon commencement of sales. FEND is now available for purchase at www.hellofend.com.
FEND, and the earlier Pulmatrix NasoCalm formulations have been shown through a series of peer-reviewed publications to reduce respiratory droplets from the airways by placing calcium-rich saline on the surface of mucus, which otherwise tends to lose strength and breakup in the presence of infection. In a recent publication of the journal Molecular Frontiers, study results showed that FEND lowered exhaled aerosol particles by up to 99% for up to 6 hours with an overall 75% reduction of exhaled particles at 30 minutes post-administration. Importantly, FEND has the potential to address airborne submicron droplets not captured by surgical masks that may increase infection threat, particularly in indoor environments.
"There is a growing body of scientific evidence that FEND, delivered by Sensory Cloud's FEND Mister, has the ability to reduce bioaerosol production, addressing even the smallest aerosol particles not blocked by masks. This commercial launch is an important milestone for Pulmatrix, leveraging our work in developing NasoCalm, now formulated and distributed as FEND to help combat the ongoing COVD-19 pandemic," said Ted Raad, Chief Executive Officer of Pulmatrix. "We believe the global launch of FEND, if successful, could provide a new source of revenue to enable the advancement of our iSPERSE™ platform of inhaled therapies and we are thrilled to have played a role in bringing this product to the public."
Pulmatrix is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative inhaled therapies to address serious pulmonary and non-pulmonary disease using its patented iSPERSE™ technology. The Company's proprietary product pipeline is initially focused on advancing treatments for serious lung diseases, including Pulmazole, an inhaled anti-fungal for patients with allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis ("ABPA"), and PUR1800, a narrow spectrum kinase inhibitor in lung cancer. Pulmatrix's product candidates are based on iSPERSE™, its proprietary engineered dry powder delivery platform, which seeks to improve therapeutic delivery to the lungs by maximizing local concentrations and reducing systemic side effects to improve patient outcomes.
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Timothy McCarthy, CFA
SOURCE Pulmatrix, Inc.
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