ELIMOX – Partners start drug development in hyperoxaluria



Press release
Stockholm, October 3, 2013


ELIMOX – Partners start drug development in hyperoxaluria

OxThera AB announces today that the FP7-project ELIMOX has started as of 1st of October, 2013. The primary aim of the project is to develop an innovative and unique bacterial pharmaceutical product for the treatment of a severe and debilitating inherited disease; Primary Hyperoxaluria (PH).

”We are glad to announce that the ELIMOX project is now starting” says Elisabeth Lindner”, Coordinator for the ELIMOX project and CEO of OxThera. “We have put a great team together that can give major contribution to the field of probiotic pharmaceutical treatments and its role in hyperoxaluria,” Elisabeth Lindner continues.

Our approach is to use a naturally occurring microbe, Oxalobacter formigenes to eliminate excess oxalate from the blood. The clinical applications for such a probiotic drug include treatment of hyperoxaluria as a genetic disorder as well as a malabsorptive disorder. The work within ELIMOX is divided into five work packages.

WORK PACKAGE 1: Project coordination by OxThera, an important player in the hyperoxaluria community with a close relationship with key opinion leaders and researchers in the field.
WORK PACKAGE 2: Cobra Biologics Ltd will lead the manufacturing efforts for the drug. K.A.B.S. Laboratories Inc. and Galenica AB are partners in this Work Package.
WORK PACKAGE 3: SymbioPharm GmbH will lead analysis of changes in the gut microbiota as well as in vitro and in vivo drug release studies. The MVZ Institut für Mikroökologie GmbH, TNO and Bio-Images Research Ltd are partners in this Work Package.
WORK PACKAGE 4: OxThera is responsible for clinical development of the product. Partners in this Work Package are Ergomed Clinical Research Ltd., Universitätsklinikum Bonn, Hospices Civils de Lyon, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the MVZ Institut für Mikroökologie, Germany.
WORK PACKAGE 5: Exploitation and dissemination of the results from WPs 2-4.

The consortium includes 12 partners:

OxThera AB, Sweden
Cobra Biologics Ltd, UK
SymbioPharm GmbH, Germany
Ergomed Clinical Research Ltd, UK
Universitätsklinikum Bonn, Germany
Hospices Civils de Lyon, France
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Galenica AB, Sweden
K.A.B.S. Laboratories Inc., Canada
MVZ Institute für Microökolgie, Germany
TNO, Netherlands
Bio-Images Research Ltd, UK

For further information, please contact
Elisabeth Lindner, Coordinator of the ELIMOX-project, Phone +46-8-660 02 23, email: wp1@elimox.se, www.elimox.se

About primary hyperoxaluria
Primary hyperoxaluria is a rare inborn autosomal genetic disorder leading to markedly elevated levels of endogenous oxalate in plasma and urine. High levels of urinary oxalate cause kidney damage, including kidney stone formation and/or calcification of the kidney. If left untreated, the disease can cause kidney failure and premature death. There is a high unmet medical need for effective treatments of Primary Hyperoxaluria. Currently, the only available cure is a combined liver and kidney transplantation.


This research has received funding from the European Union´s Seventh Framework Programme managed by REA-Research Executive Agency http://ec.europa.eu/research/rea (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no FP7-SME-2013. There are no existing anticipated business agreements, which may impose limitations on the subsequent exploitation or information or inventions generated as a result of the project.