Intrommune Therapeutics Names Sergi X. Trilla, MD, MBA as its Director, Corporate Strategy & Partnerships
NEW YORK, Dec. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intrommune Therapeutics, a New York-based, clinical stage biotechnology company developing a patient-friendly treatment platform for peanut and other food allergies, announced the promotion of Sergi Trilla, MD to become Director of Corporate Strategy & Partnerships.
“Dr. Trilla has proven to be an invaluable asset to Intrommune since he joined the organization as a consultant on our scientific and business advisory boards,” said Michael Nelson, CEO, Intrommune Therapeutics. “Dr. Trilla’s agreement to take on this expanded role is a testament to Intrommune’s potential to help individuals with food allergies. Dr Trilla will apply the knowledge gained from his experience collaborating on over 160 life science partnerships to oversee corporate strategy, business partnerships and lead Intrommune through our business planning process.”
The Company’s oral mucosal immunotherapy (OMIT) platform is based on the well-accepted principles of allergy immunotherapy. The company’s initial product, INT301, is an immunotherapy treatment for peanut allergy delivered via a specially-formulated toothpaste designed to optimize exposure of allergenic proteins to a patient’s immune system while also cleaning their teeth. Intrommune is currently enrolling patients into its INT301 Phase 1 clinical trial.
“I am confident that my background as a licensed physician and global entrepreneur distinguishes me as an ideal leader for Intrommune,” said Sergi Trilla, MD, MBA, Director of Corporate Strategy & Partnerships, Intrommune. “My decades of life science business experience will help advance Intrommune and its OMIT food allergy technology platform.”
Dr. Trilla brings nearly thirty years of experience in healthcare business, including 22 years in international and business development. As a qualified MD, Dr. Trilla connects two vastly disparate fields of health and business. After a career that included service inside various pharmaceutical companies, Dr. Trilla founded Trifermed in 2002, a business service provider specializing in orchestrating worldwide partnerships for health solutions (including corporate strategy, business development, fundraising, among others). Trifermed has developed a unique value proposition including strategic analysis and planning based on business models, strategic real-time validation and partnership orchestration, and has applied its services in more than 160 collaborative partnerships in the human and animal health sector.
In addition to his leadership of Trifermed, Dr. Trilla also served as adjunct professor at the Forsyth Institute in Cambridge, MA, and as a visiting professor on innovation, entrepreneurship and digital business development in healthcare at Universidad de Navarra (Madrid, Spain). He is also a frequent speaker at international congresses and mentors different programs in public and private business and science universities.
“My expertise in international healthcare business also provides a perspective to help Intrommune in its global product and corporate development and partnerships,” added Trilla.
More than 220 million people globally suffer from food allergies. If approved, INT301 has the potential to be the first oral mucosal immunotherapy (OMIT™) allergy treatment that easily integrates into a person’s daily routine as both first-line and long-term maintenance therapy for peanut allergy.
The OMIT platform is expected to improve allergy immunotherapy by increasing the precision of treatment delivery and promoting treatment adherence. OMIT delivers immunotherapy to the oral mucosa, which has the highest likelihood of initiating allergy desensitization. Targeted delivery of medication is expected to decrease the rate of side effects linked to swallowing food allergy proteins, including eosinophilic esophagitis, gastrointestinal discomfort and potentially life-threatening anaphylaxis that requires the use of emergency epinephrine.
About Peanut and Other Food Allergies
Food allergies affect more than 220 million people, including approximately 32 million people in the U.S. Management of food allergies currently focuses on avoidance of exposure to triggering foods, though often such foods, including peanuts, are common ingredients in food products and therefore difficult to avoid. Many people with peanut allergy are accidentally exposed and experience potentially life-threatening reactions, including anaphylaxis, each year. Unfortunately, food allergy remains an area of tremendous unmet medical need.
About Oral Mucosal Immunotherapy™
Oral mucosal immunotherapy (OMIT) uses a specially formulated toothpaste to stabilize and deliver allergenic proteins to immunologically active areas of the oral cavity with the greatest potential for allergy desensitization. Success with allergy immunotherapy hinges on consistent exposure of a patient’s immune system to gradually “desensitize” the patient to the specific allergy trigger over time. OMIT promises advantages over other approaches to allergy immunotherapy due to its targeted delivery, simplified administration, and support of reliable, long-term adherence.
About Intrommune Therapeutics
Intrommune, dedicated to improving and protecting the lives of people with food allergy, is developing the revolutionary oral mucosal immunotherapy (OMIT) treatment platform for food allergies. OMIT is a long-term, patient-friendly, disease-modifying solution for the greater than 220 million people, including 32 million people in the U.S., who suffer from life-altering food allergies. Intrommune’s lead product, INT301, has entered phase 1 clinical trials and is expected to be a safe, effective and convenient therapy for patients who suffer from peanut allergy.
For more information on Intrommune Therapeutics, please visit http://www.intrommune.com
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