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Novan Announces Favorable Preclinical Safety Data and Intent to Advance SB019 for Treatment of COVID-19

November 9, 2021 at 8:35 AM EST

– Data indicate that intranasal administration of SB019 formulation containing berdazimer sodium is well-tolerated and safe under the conditions of preclinical study –

– Company believes the promising conclusions from this Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) study support advancement of the SB019 program toward in-human clinical development –

– Pre-IND (Investigational New Drug) application activities are underway with a target of an IND submission no later than Q2 2022 –

DURHAM, N.C., Nov. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Novan, Inc. (“the Company” or “Novan”) (Nasdaq: NOVN), today announced promising preclinical safety results with berdazimer sodium in a 14-day GLP repeat dose intranasal toxicity study. These findings compliment the previous positive preclinical efficacy results observed in deterring transmission from SARS-CoV-2-infected golden Syrian hamsters. The Company is continuing to progress the development of its potential anti-viral therapy against COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

To further evaluate the potential of its NITRICIL™ platform technology as an intranasal treatment option for COVID-19, the Company initiated preclinical in vivo studies evaluating the safety and toxicity of berdazimer sodium when intranasally administered via the SB019 formulation. The GLP study evaluated repeated dosing with the candidate product SB019 (i.e., 5 times daily) for a period of 14 days and concluded with a 7-day recovery period without drug exposure. There were no treatment-related adverse events up to the highest dose tested of 14 mg/day berdazimer sodium and the SB019 formulation was concluded to be well-tolerated under the conditions of this study.

“These preclinical data support and further strengthen the rationale behind developing SB019 as a potential intranasal therapeutic against COVID-19. Through engagement with the Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program, or CTAP, we have made the FDA aware of our SB019 program and our intent to submit an IND. We remain focused on the next steps to submit an IND and initiate a Phase 1 study in humans no later than the second quarter of 2022,” commented Paula Brown Stafford, President and Chief Executive Officer of Novan.

Intranasal administration of berdazimer sodium marks a notable extension to previously assessed routes of exposure preclinically (e.g., dermal, oral, and intravenous) or clinically used in the assessment of the safety and tolerability of berdazimer sodium, across the Company’s numerous programs.

“Beyond our commitment to COVID-19, demonstrating that berdazimer sodium can be well-tolerated when administered intranasally unlocks numerous potential opportunities to assess the efficacy of the NITRICIL™ platform technology in additional indications, such as influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), or other respiratory-related infections,” remarked Dr. Carri Geer, Chief Technology Officer.

The Company has also completed additional dose-range finding studies in SARS-CoV-2 infected golden Syrian hamsters through work conducted at the Institute for Antiviral Research at Utah State University. Significant reduction in the amount of virus in lung or nasal tissue of animals directly inoculated and infected with SARS-CoV-2 was observed and found to be dependent on both the concentration and dosing regimen (e.g., once daily vs. twice daily) of intranasally administered berdazimer sodium. These findings, coupled with the promising safety data announced today for dosing up to five times daily, will inform potential human clinical trial design.

The Company continues to evaluate the potential progression of SB019, subsequent to its anticipated Phase 1 study, subject to obtaining additional financing or through strategic partnerships.

About Novan

Novan, Inc. is a pre-commercial nitric oxide-based pharmaceutical company focused on dermatology and anti-infective therapies. We leverage our core synergies of science, capital, resources and patient needs to create value by bringing new nitric oxide-based medicines to market. Our goal is to create the world’s leader in nitric oxide-based science, technology, and clinical translation in support of delivering safe and efficacious therapies using our proprietary nitric oxide-based technology platform, NITRICIL™ to generate macromolecular New Chemical Entities (NCEs) to treat multiple indications.

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Jenene Thomas