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PureIMS wins the LIFE Science Innovation Award 2023

28 September 2023

During the LIFE Science Conference 2023, held in a packed Forum in Groningen on September 26, the Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy (GRIP) spin-off company PureIMS won the LIFE Science Innovation Award. Pure IMS is a company exploiting the highly innovate dry powder inhalation technology that was generated in the GRIP’s department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy led by Dr. Anne de Boer and Prof. Erik Frijlink. The company employs a number of former Phd’s and students from the University of Groningen.

After an exciting competition with XVIVO, Protyon and Griphingo Pharmaceuticals (the last two of which are also GRIP spin-off companies), the prize for the innovation with significant impact in life science and health, originating in the Northern Netherlands, was ultimately awarded to PureIMS.

Focus on innovative inhaled therapies

PureIMS is a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative inhaled therapies, based on its proprietary dry powder inhaler Cyclops™. The focus is on the treatment of systemic and respiratory diseases with significant unmet medical need.

Products and programme’s

PureIMS’ lead candidate, Levodopa Cyclops™, is in the final development stage as rescue therapy for OFF-episodes in Parkinson’s disease. One product, Colistin Cyclops™, is already marketed and reimbursed under a named patient program for the treatment of cystic fibrosis patients. Other clinical programs – including Epinephrine Cyclops™ for (food) allergy and impending anaphylaxis – are being explored in an early clinical stage. PureIMS also supports pharma/biotech partners, applying the Cyclops™-based inhalation route for their drug of choice.

The LIFE Science Innovation Award

The Innovation Award is presented to the innovation with the most impact in the field of Life Sciences & Health, with an origin in the Northern Netherlands. The winner receives a check for €5,000 euros. Companies, institutes or projects can sign up for the Innovation Award. The Award is made possible in part by NV NOM, Municipality of Groningen and Health~Holland, Top Sector Life Sciences & Health.

F. l. t. r. Prof. Dr. Erik Frijlink (University of Groningen) and Frank Lambert, Dr.Jaap Wieling en Wouter van Gammeren. (PureIMS)
F. l. t. r. Prof. Dr. Erik Frijlink (University of Groningen) and Frank Lambert, Dr.Jaap Wieling en Wouter van Gammeren. (PureIMS)
Last modified:29 September 2023 12.36 p.m.

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