Quark Venture and GFSecurities is pleased to announce a $US 5 million investment to advance Lyndra’s Ultra-Long Acting Oral Therapeutic Delivery Platform

The company’s platform has the potential to transform patient care by improving therapeutic efficacy, reducing side effects, and generating cost-savings to patients and healthcare systems.

“This is yet another breakthrough technology conceived in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) lab of Dr. Robert Langer, and our second investment. Patients are looking for better solutions and stronger benefits, and health care systems are seeking ways to reduce the cost of health. Our investment, through the Global Health Sciences Fund, reflects our confidence in Lyndra’s technology platform to serve both patients and healthcare systems globally,” says Karimah Es Sabar, Chief Executive Office, Quark Venture.

Quark Venture and GF Securities investment is part of a US$23 million syndicate led by Polaris Partners. What follows is the original press release issued by Lyndra.

Lyndra, Inc. Raises $23 Million in Series A Financing to Advance Ultra-Long Acting Oral Therapeutic Delivery
April 13, 2017 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time WATERTOWN, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lyndra, Inc. announced today the closing of a $23 Million Series A financing, led by Polaris Partners, with participation from Quark Venture and GF Securities, Yonghua Capital, Healthlink Capital, Partners Healthcare, Suffolk Equity and others. The company’s novel therapeutic oral delivery platform has the potential to transform patient care by improving therapeutic efficacy, reducing side effects, and generating cost-savings to patients and healthcare systems.

Lyndra’s technology is the first ultra-long acting, sustained release oral dosage form. Lyndra’s system enables linear drug release of small molecules and peptides for 7 days or more from each orally administered capsule. In addition to improving patient health outcomes via improved adherence, the Lyndra dosage form offers a unique method of local gastrointestinal delivery. Sustained, steady state pharmacokinetic profiles potentially reduce side effects. The technology was conceived in the lab of Prof. Robert Langer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology by Drs. Langer, Giovanni Traverso and Andrew Bellinger. Articles on the platform development conducted at MIT have been published in journals such as Nature and Science and Translational Medicine.
Lyndra will utilize the capital raised to further the development of its lead candidate program and increase manufacturing capabilities. The company will commence first in human trials this year. Additional Lyndra dosage forms are being developed for pharmaceutical and biotech partners.

“Lyndra’s ultra-long acting platform, originally developed for mass drug administration campaigns in the developing world, is particularly powerful because of the breadth of indications and compounds that the company can target and bring to patients. The number of lives we could touch with this technology is nearly limitless. Since the companies founding, 5 members of the [Langer] Lab have joined Lyndra due to their commitment to bring this technology to patients. This mix of passion and potential patient impact is truly something special“ said co-founder Robert Langer.

Lyndra CEO and co-founder Amy Schulman also noted Lyndra’s potential impact. “That approximately 50% of people do not adhere to their prescribed medications in the developed world leading to $100 billion dollars spent on avoidable hospitalizations in the US alone, which is both unfortunate and to date largely resistant to quick-fix efforts. The detrimental impact on patient health outcomes is something we can help. We hope the Lyndra platform will improve how patients feel about taking their medication, and how caregivers administer pills. Making it easier for patients and caregivers, while improving efficacy, shifts the current paradigm of oral delivery and adherence. This financing, and the incredible team we have assembled, will enable us to enter into clinical trials in the near term and start making that aspiration a reality.”

Lyndra: A Dose Goes a Long Way
Lyndra aims to fundamentally change the way patients take medicines through the development of oral, ultra-long-acting, sustained release oral therapies that drastically improve healthcare outcomes. The Lyndra platform was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Langer in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Lyndra formulations transform medications taken daily or more frequently into a weekly or monthly dose, promising to improve patient adherence as well as to optimize the pharmacokinetic profile of the dosage form. For more information visit here.