Dec 14, 2021

VIRALEZE™ antiviral nasal spray registered in Saudi Arabia (ASX Announcement)

VIRALEZE™ antiviral nasal spray registered in Saudi Arabia (ASX Announcement)
  • VIRALEZE™ antiviral nasal spray has been registered for sale in Saudi Arabia
  • Starpharma is well advanced in negotiations for distribution of VIRALEZE™ in Saudi Arabia
  • VIRALEZE™ is a broad-spectrum antiviral nasal spray that contains SPL7013, which has potent antiviral and virucidal activity in multiple respiratory viruses, including inactivation of >99.9% of the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, in laboratory studies that have been published in international, peer reviewed journals

Melbourne, Australia; 14 December 2021: Starpharma (ASX: SPL, OTCQX: SPHRY) today announced that VIRALEZE™ antiviral nasal spray has been registered for sale in Saudi Arabia. This is the first registration for VIRALEZE™ in the Middle East and registration in Saudi Arabia is an important step for other countries in the region.

Saudi Arabia has a population of ~35 million and contributes almost half of the annual GDP in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) region.

Starpharma is well advanced in negotiations for distribution of VIRALEZE™ in Saudi Arabia. In the meantime, consumers in Saudi Arabia can purchase VIRALEZE™ online.

Dr Jackie Fairley, Starpharma CEO commented: “The registration of VIRALEZE™ in Saudi Arabia, our first in the Middle East, marks another important milestone for the product. Starpharma is advancing negotiations with a local distributor in Saudi Arabia and the GCC region for VIRALEZE™, and we look forward to making the product available in that region as soon as possible.”

VIRALEZE™ is a broad-spectrum antiviral nasal spray that contains SPL7013, which has been shown to have potent antiviral and virucidal activity in multiple respiratory viruses, including inactivation of >99.9% of the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, in laboratory studies

Antiviral laboratory testing of SPL7013 earlier this year also confirmed it is active in other respiratory viruses, including influenza as well as two other pandemic coronaviruses - Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS‑CoV) or “MERS” and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV) or “SARS”. There are no vaccines available for MERS or SARS.

This latest registration follows recent registrations for VIRALEZE™ in Vietnam and New Zealand.

VIRALEZE Antiviral Nasal Spray

VIRALEZE™ is a broad-spectrum antiviral nasal spray. The antiviral agent in VIRALEZE™, referred to as SPL7013, has been shown to have potent antiviral and virucidal activity in multiple respiratory viruses (including influenza and RSV) and multiple variants of SARS-CoV-2, including inactivation of >99.9% of the highly infectious Delta variant, in laboratory studies. VIRALEZE™ is applied in the nose to provide a physical barrier - between viruses and the nasal mucous membrane - that traps and irreversibly inactivates virus. Importantly, the mechanism of action of VIRALEZE™ means that mutations of the spike protein that make SARS-CoV-2 more infectious, as occurred for the Delta strain, appear to make the virus more susceptible to trapping and blocking by SPL7013.

VIRALEZE™ is registered in Europe, Vietnam, India, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia, and available in certain markets online. VIRALEZE™ is partnered with LloydsPharmacy in the UK, ADMENTA Italia Group in Italy, and HealthCo/TBL in Vietnam. VIRALEZE™ is not registered for sale or supply in Australia.

Starpharma acknowledges the $1 million in funding for the development of VIRALEZE™ provided by the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Biomedical Translation Bridge (BTB) Program, with support from UniQuest. Delivered by MTPConnect, the Australian Government's BTB program is a $22.3 million MRFF initiative that provides up to $1 million in matched funding to nurture the translation of new therapies, technologies and medical devices through to proof of concept to turn innovative medical ideas into reality

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 This contains certain forward-looking statements.