Lipum AB (publ) says its phase 1 clinical study with the drug candidate SOL-116 has started and is progressing according to plan. A first dose group of eight healthy volunteers have received a dose, with two volunteers receiving placebo.\n\n\n\nLipum's drug candidate SOL-116 is a fully humanized antibody that is intended to address a major unmet medical need in the treatment of certain chronic inflammatory diseases.\n\n\n\nIn addition, a group of eight patients with rheumatoid arthritis will also participate in the study.\n\n\n\nThe primary objective is to determine the safety and tolerability of Lipum's SOL-116, with the secondary objective to study its pharmacokinetics when administered to humans. \n\n\n\nThe study is a dose-escalation study, which means that subjects will be divided into groups of eight. After safety evaluation, the dose is gradually increased for each group included. This means each subject receives only one dose. \n\n\n\nLipum's SOL-116 results expected in 2023\n\n\n\nIn addition, there is an exploratory expectation that the study will also provide an opportunity to study possible differences between healthy volunteers and patients with rheumatoid arthritis, which could, among other things, provide guidance for the design of subsequent studies.\n\n\n\nThe study is being conducted in the Netherlands and is expected to be finally reported in the last quarter of 2023.\n\n\n\n"We have now entered the clinical phase, and this is of course an extremely important milestone. As a biopharmaceutical company with a unique approach, we see great opportunities to treat multiple inflammatory diseases with SOL-116. Work to evaluate these opportunities and the planning of the next clinical study is already in progress. I am very pleased to have a competent team with extensive experience in drug development," said Einar Pontén, CEO of Lipum.