Starpharma Holdings Limited (ASX: SPL, OTCQX: SPHRY) is a world leader in dendrimer technology for medical applications. As an innovative Australian biopharmaceutical company, Starpharma is focussed on developing and commercialising novel therapeutic products that address significant global healthcare needs. Starpharma boasts a strong portfolio of products, partnerships, and intellectual property.
Starpharma’s innovative technology is based on proprietary polymers called dendrimers, which are precise, synthetically manufactured, nanoscale molecules. The unique properties of dendrimers – including their size, structure, high degree of branching, polyvalency, and water solubility – are advantageous in medical and pharmaceutical applications.
Starpharma uses its dendrimer technology to develop novel therapeutics and to improve the performance of existing pharmaceuticals. Starpharma’s portfolio includes multiple clinical-stage oncology products, which utilise its Dendrimer Enhanced Product (‘DEP®’) drug delivery technology, and marketed products, including VIRALEZE™ and VivaGel® BV, which utilise SPL7013, a proprietary dendrimer with antimicrobial properties.
Starpharma’s DEP® drug delivery platform is being used to enhance the effectiveness of existing and novel therapies and to reduce drug-related toxicities through controlled and specified drug delivery.
In addition to Starpharma’s internal DEP® programs, Starpharma has multiple DEP® partnerships with international biopharmaceutical companies, including AstraZeneca (oncology); MSD (Antibody-Drug Conjugates); Chase Sun (anti-infectives); and other world-leading pharmaceutical companies. Due to the broad applicability and optionality of Starpharma’s DEP® platform, partnered DEP® programs have the potential to generate significant future milestones and royalties.
Starpharma’s topical antiviral nasal spray, VIRALEZE™, is now registered in more than 35 countries*, including Europe, the UK, and Asia. Starpharma’s novel non-antibiotic vaginal gel, VivaGel® BV, for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis (BV) and prevention of recurrent BV, is registered in more than 50 countries, including in the UK, Europe, Southeast Asia, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.