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A unique, interferon-based veterinary therapy to minimize antimicrobial overuse in cattle and tackle the societal global problem of antimicrobial resistance

Objective

The rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major threat to global public health as it will cause 10 million deaths per year by 2050. The rise in AMR is largely driven by the abundant mis- and overuse of antimicrobial drugs in humans and animals. As such, there is a strong demand to reduce the use of antimicrobials in animals, putting cattle farmers under enormous pressure to change their current way of working. However, the lack of appropriate alternatives is hindering them to renounce from (over)using antimicrobials as their production output and income are at risk.

At FarmPharma, we are on the mission to provide effective, safe and affordable solutions to keep livestock animals healthy and well. To do so, we are developing InterferOx, an interferon-based, immune-stimulating, anti-infective therapy for cattle with the unique ability to treat AND prevent viral AND bacterial infections. InterferOx can thus minimize the use of antimicrobials in cattle by providing farmers an effective and sustainable alternative, thereby providing a solution for the rise in AMR.

The global market volume is 1.5 billion cattle, with our total addressable markets of Europe and US accounting for 121 and 94 million, respectively. With InterferOx, we respond to the trends and needs of our €1.7 billion target market: the cattle antimicrobials market. We aim to commercialize InterferOx via a licensing deal with a pharmaceutical company after completing clinical validation. In return, we will receive upfront, milestone and royalty payments with an estimated value of €77.8 million within the next 7 years.

To maximize our chance of realizing this promising future, we will perform a feasibility study, focusing on market analysis, commercialization strategy, IP strategy and value chain, to deliver a consolidated business plan. This will give us a clear understanding of the commercial potential of InterferOx, strengthen our current infrastructure, and define our optimal business strategy.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/pharmacology and pharmacy/drug resistance/antibiotic resistance

Call for proposal

H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-1
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Funding Scheme

SME-1 - SME instrument phase 1

Coordinator

FARMPHARMA AB
Address
Virdings Alle 32B
754 50 Uppsala
Sweden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 50 000