Benefits of DEP® drug delivery
Animal studies showed that DEP® docetaxel was significantly more efficacious than docetaxel in a breast cancer model. The improved efficacy is understood to be due to a longer circulating half-life, extended release of the docetaxel and targeting of the dendrimer-docetaxel construct to the tumour tissue.
Reducing toxic side effects of drugs
Conversely dendrimers can be used to restrict the circulation of the drug in the body. This may avoid side effects, or may allow a higher dose of the drug to be administered than would otherwise be acceptable.
Extending the duration of activity of the drug in the body
Dendrimers can protect drugs from degradation and clearance. This may mean that an improved dosing regimen can be pursued, for example, replacing a daily infusion with a once weekly injection.
Targeting drugs to Organs, Tissues or Molecular Receptors
Dendrimers have been used to actively or passively target a drug to particular destination in the body.
By joining the drug to a dendrimer construct, very large increases in drug solubility have been achieved, which can enhance the “bioavailability” of the drug.It can also avoid the need for the use of problematic and potentially dangerous additives in drug formulations, helping to improve the safety profile of the active.