Adamis Pharmaceuticals (ADMP) Announces Tempol Reduces Lung Inflammation in the COVID-19 Challenged Hamster Model

March 15, 2021 9:03 AM EDT
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Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (Nasdaq: ADMP) ("Company") announced today that in studies conducted at Galveston National Laboratory (GNL), University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, hamsters challenged with the virus that causes COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2), resulted in decreased inflammation in the lungs of animals treated with Tempol compared to controls. This is the first data demonstrating that Tempol, a novel antioxidant, can reduce inflammation in animals given the virus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19. The group plans on submitting the publication to a peer review journal.

Dr. Chien-Te Kent Tseng, Professor of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Director of GNL’s SARS/MERS/COVID-19 Laboratory at UTMB, commented on these results: “In our hamster COVID-19 model, pulmonary inflammation with cellular infiltrates and hemorrhage (mild-to-moderate) is triggered by SARS-CoV-2 infection. Treatment with Tempol reduces the overall inflammatory responses and appears to start repairing damaged lungs.”

These results are also consistent with the results that the Company announced regarding in-vitro cytokine data from Stanford University. The results demonstrated that incubation of Tempol significantly suppresses multiple inflammatory cytokines from cells taken from COVID-19 patients.

Tempol has demonstrated both potent anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, and antioxidant activity. Both inflammatory cytokines and reactive oxygen species (ROS) from cells of the immune system called macrophages and neutrophils damage the lung in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). Tempol has now been shown to: (1) Decrease the proinflammatory cytokines (cytokine storm) in animal models (lipopolysaccharide induced), (2) Suppress cytokines in stimulated COVID-19 positive human cells, and (3) Reduce inflammation in hamsters challenged with COVID-19. In addition, Tempol has been shown to decrease platelet aggregation, a problem observed in many COVID-19 patients.

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