Our Mission

Numedicus Limited was established in 2008 to provide collaborative services to companies seeking expert advice in
the area novel uses for existing drugs, or ‘drug repurposing’.

Our Services

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Types of collaborator

Numedicus uses therapeutic switching to identify secondary uses for existing drugs in practically all areas.

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Types of switch

Therapeutic Switch, or drug repurposing projects, come in various different flavours

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Methods and output

There are various different methods of identifying drug repurposing projects

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Track Record

Numedicus has identified a number of clinical-stage drug repurposing projects, supported by method-of-use patents

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About

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David Cavalla has 31 years experience in various senior scientific and commercial roles within the pharmaceutical industry. He is currently involved with a number of biotech companies at Board level. Previously he was founder and CEO of Arachnova Ltd, a company focused on therapeutic switching; previous affiliations included Glaxo Group Research Ltd and Napp Research […]

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Therapeutic Switching

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Numedicus’ approach to new products is based on therapeutic switches, namely new uses for known drugs, and alternatively called ‘drug reprofiling’, ‘drug repositioning’ or ‘drug repurposing’.

Therapeutic switching is an area of huge potential, much still untapped, for identifying novel, patent protected medicines. Some examples are shown below.

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Anti-hypertensive for cachexia

Around the turn of the millennium, Profs Andrew Coats and Stefan Anker, two leading cardiologists, discovered the use of beta adrenergic blockers in the treatment of cachexia. Numedicus improved on this technology

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Anti-depressant for Rett syndrome

We are pleased to announce the licensing of two key pieces of intellectual property, and associated known-how, around the use of an existing glutamate modulator…

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Anti-depressant for Respiratory Depression

We are pleased to announce the licensing of two key pieces of intellectual property, and associated known-how, around the use of an existing glutamate modulator…

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Anti-cancer for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

In 2016, a spin out company, Exvastat Ltd was created with intellectual property for the use of an existing anti-cancer drug in the treatment of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, a rare life-threatening condition requiring hospitalisation and intensive care, for this there is no approved therapy

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License and collaboration deal with AMO Pharma

Numedicus is pleased to announce the licensing of two key pieces of intellectual property, and associated know-how, around the use of an existing glutamate modulator, for the treatment of Rett Syndrome and opiate-induced respiratory depression, to AMO Pharma.

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Cachexia development enters new phase

The development of espindolol for the treatment of cancer cachexia entered a new phase this month, with the formation of a new spin out company Actimed Therapeutics.

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The Empowerment of the Rare Disease Patient

The stakeholders in healthcare in the developed world are conventionally divided into three ‘P’ words: patients, payers and pharmaceutical companies. In addition, there are a couple of other more minor players, namely physicians and pharmacists. Recent developments have, however, dramatically increased the importance and changed the role of one of these participants, the patient community.

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Value and cost-based pricing

David Grainger wrote recently on his DrugBaron blog about the pricing of pharmaceuticals. It is an intelligent piece, yet if I may I would like to improve upon it.

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New book!

Off-Label Prescribing: Justifying Unapproved Medicine

Today’s medicines are regulated for their efficacy and safety and, once approved, they can be marketed for certain uses as justified by the data. Regulatory bodies in developed countries are constituted by legal statute and operate as parts of government, ostensibly in the interests of the people as patients.

But once approved, medicines can be used for any purpose the prescriber thinks fit and appropriate for the patient. One in five prescriptions is therefore written outside regulatory purview.

Off–label Prescribing looks into the corners of our medicated lives, where drug regulation runs up against medical practice, and concerns the use of a drug that has been approved for a different indication or on a different set of patients from the ones it is approved for, or at a different dose. Usually the patient is unaware of what is going on, having not been informed by their doctor of this aspect of his or her prescribing choice.

Reviews

6 months ago

A fascinating read lot more balanced and intellectually satisfying than the much higher profile Bad Pharma essential reading’, Medicines Information Director, NHS

6 months ago

‘Impressive fact-finding!’ department Head, AstraZeneca