BERWYN, PA — Virpax Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRPX) announced that it has engaged two leading physicians experienced in childhood epilepsy, Dr. Kenneth W. Sommerville and Dr. Lawrence Fried, to support the overall development plan for NobrXiol. Their involvement with this program is expected to include advising on trial design, regulatory pathway development and patient recruitment. Additionally, it is anticipated that they will support Virpax with patient advocacy groups and grant applications.
NobrXiol is the Company’s product candidate for the delivery of cannabidiol in the management of epilepsy in children and adults that utilizes the Nanomerics Molecular Envelope Technology (MET) as its delivery system to cross the blood brain barrier, propelling the cannabidiol nanoparticles through the nose to the brain via the olfactory nerve.
Dr. Kenneth W. Sommerville is a board-certified neurologist with over 30 years of experience working with major multinational pharmaceutical companies enabling approvals for numerous drugs with both the FDA and the EMEA. He is a recognized authority in drug development with an expertise in anti-epileptic drugs, pain, and abuse-deterrent opioids. Dr. Sommerville was in charge of Phases II and III of the U.S. epilepsy trials for cannabidiol. The lead cannabinoid, CBD (Epidiolex®), received FDA approval in June of 2018.
Dr. Lawrence Fried is an experienced clinical leader in epilepsy and neurology and a practicing epileptologist. He currently serves as an Attending Physician in the Pediatric Regional Epilepsy Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Corporate Advisory Committee member of the American Epilepsy Society. Following medical school, he completed five years in residency positions in pediatrics and pediatric neurology, followed by a fellowship in epilepsy and pediatric neurology and has published extensively in those fields.
“These two outstanding physicians bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in childhood epilepsy to Virpax,” commented Dr. Sheila A. Mathias, Chief Scientific Officer for Virpax. “We expect that Dr. Sommerville, with his direct experience in U.S. epilepsy trials and the approval of Epidiolex, will be instrumental in advising on our trial design and regulatory pathway. Additionally, we anticipate that Dr. Fried, as a practicing epileptologist, will provide us with invaluable insight into our proposed patient population and important advocacy groups as well as assist us in pursuing appropriate grant funding. We welcome them both to Virpax and look forward to their contributions.”
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