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Ainos to Initiate Clinical Study of New Potential VELDONA-Based Animal Drug, Expanding VELDONA's Potential Market

Wednesday, 15 May 2024 08:00 AM

Study to evaluate clinical effectiveness of low-dose oral interferons in treating chronic gingivostomatitis in cats, building upon VELDONA's history in animal health since 1985

Clinical trials are expected to run for approximately ten months from May 24, 2024.

SAN DIEGO, CA / ACCESSWIRE / May 15, 2024 / Ainos, Inc. (NASDAQ:AIMD, AIMDW) ("Ainos", or the "Company"), a diversified healthcare company focused on the development of novel point-of-care testing, low-dose interferon therapeutics, and synthetic RNA-driven preventative medicine, today announced the initiation of a clinical study for a new potential VELDONA®-based drug for pet disease. The study is aimed at evaluating the clinical efficacy of low-dose oral interferons in treating feline chronic gingivostomatitis ("FCGS"), a serious and chronic painful oral disease characterized by inflammation or abnormal proliferation in the oral cavity.

This marks another meaningful step in the Company' s strategy for expanding its product line into the global pet care market, which follows the Memorandum of Understanding Ainos signed last year with SIDSCO Biomedical Co., Ltd. The clinical trials are expected to run for approximately ten months from May 24, 2024 to March 31, 2025.

Current research suggests that FCGS results from multiple factors, including dental diseases, viral and bacterial pathogens, and environmental conditions, with a reported prevalence ranging between 0.7% and 12%. Despite the frequency of the disease, there are no safe long-term pharmaceutical treatments available to date.

Ainos' VELDONA®, a low-dose oral interferon alpha ("IFNα") formulation, was initially approved by the Texas Department of Health in 1985 for treating feline leukemia in cats and canine parvovirus in dogs. Ainos has conducted 28 studies, in which VELDONA® demonstrated systemic effects across various animal species including mice, cats, dogs, ferrets, chickens, rats, guinea pigs, horses, calves/cows, and particularly, pigs. These studies highlight the therapeutic or preventive capabilities in VELDONA® through oral mucosa, alongside systemic and mucosal immunity modulation without serious side effects.

Previous studies have confirmed that interferon administered through the oral mucosa can modulate partial immune system in experimental animals. Furthermore, interferon administered is shown by imaging to be prominently distributed in the lymph nodes of the head and neck, and in some cases, even reaching the lymphatic system surrounding the mesentery. Since the FCGS belongs to diseases of immune system dysregulation, partial oral mucosal administration not only modulates the disordered immune system but also avoids the associated systemic side effects of interferon use, such as immunogenicity and bone marrow suppression.

Ainos's study will involve a randomized, controlled trial with 30 cats divided into two groups: one receiving low doses (6000 IU/time) of the treatment and the other for high doses (12000 IU/time). The main objective is to demonstrate significant health assessment improvements made by both pet owners and veterinarians before and after the treatment. The trials will also evaluate the potential in reducing dosage and frequency of steroids or other immunosuppressive drugs.

Chun-Hsien (Eddy) Tsai, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Ainos, commented "Animal health has been an important part of VELDONA's development history since 1985, we're excited to take another significant step in advancing VELDONA® in the pet health sector. With the burgeoning growth of the pet care market, there's never been a better time for us to study a potential treatment and broaden our VELDONA® offerings to address one of the most prevalent issues among cats. We are dedicated to expediting the animal drug development process through this pioneering clinical study, and we will remain steadfast in our commitment to providing safe and efficient solutions for our animal companions."

About Ainos, Inc.

Headquartered in San Diego, California, Ainos is a diversified healthcare company focused on the development of novel point-of-care testing (POCT), low-dose VELDONA® interferon therapeutics, and synthetic RNA-driven preventative medicine. The company's products include VELDONA® clinical-stage human therapeutics, VELDONA® Pet cytoprotein health supplements, and telehealth-friendly POCTs powered by its AI Nose technology platform. The lead POCT candidate, Ainos Flora, is intended to be a telehealth-friendly POCT for women's health and certain common STIs. To learn more, visit https://www.ainos.com.

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The forward-looking statements made in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release represent Ainos' views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any subsequent date. Ainos undertakes no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or changes to the future results over time or otherwise, except as required by law.

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SOURCE: Ainos, Inc.

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