Starpharma Holdings Limited (ASX:SPL, OTCQX:SPHRY) is a biopharmaceutical company, focussed on the development of pharmaceutical and medical products for unmet patient needs, including in the areas of oncology and infectious diseases.
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 30 countries*, including in Europe, in the UK, and in Southeast Asia. Starpharma’s novel non-antibiotic vaginal gel, VivaGel® BV, for treatment of bacterial vaginosis (BV) and prevention of recurrent BV, is registered in more than 45 countries, including in the UK, in Europe, in Southeast Asia, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Starpharma listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2000 (ASX: SPL). Starpharma securities also trade in the US under the American Depository Receipts (ADR) program, and are listed on the OCTQX platform (OTCQX:SPHRY). OTCQX is the premium tier of the US Over-the-Counter (OTC) marketplace, providing non-US companies with a visible cross-listing to access US investors, without the duplicative regulatory costs required of listing on a traditional US exchange.