The study analyzed that the oral mucositis therapeutics pipeline comprises approximately 18 drug candidates in different stages of development. Oral mucositis is the most common complication of chemotherapy in cancer patients. It causes damage to mucosal lining of the mouth which results in formation of ulcers. It can result in several problems that includes severe pain in mouth, nutritional problems as a result of inability to eat and increased risk of infection due to open sores in the mucosa.
Oragenics, Inc. is using ActoBiotics technology platform for the development of their drug candidates for the treatment of oral mucositis. The technology platform produces a new class of orally delivered biopharmaceuticals. Through ActoBiotics technology platform, food-grade microbes are engineered to generate biologically contained ActoBiotics therapeutics for in situ expression and secretion of novel proteins and peptides including cytokines, enzymes, hormones and monoclonal antibodies within the body.
The research also found that various companies received designations from the USFDA for the development of the drugs in the oral mucositis therapeutics pipeline. In November 2016, USFDA granted Fast Track designation to AG013 for the treatment of oral mucositis.
Some of the other key players developing drugs for the treatment of oral mucositis include Daewoong Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Cellceutix Corporation, Soligenix, Inc. and others.