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Ocean Biomedical (OCEA) announces new findings in relation to treatment options for Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome

Ocean’s anti-fibrosis platform aims to target significant unmet needs for conditions like Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome

Biopharma company Ocean Biomedical, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCEA) announced its commitment to developing viable treatment options for Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome (HPS) on Thursday. The company disclosed its plans to target OCF-203, its pulmonary fibrosis treatment candidate, as a therapeutic for fatal pulmonary fibrotic conditions caused by HPS.


The company’s treatment of pulmonary fibrosis is focused on inhibiting Chitinase 1 (Chit1) with OCF-203. Chit1 is also associated with Scleroderma-associated interstitial lung disease and bleomycin- and IL-13-induced pulmonary fibrosis. Experiments have shown that OCF-203 was able to bring down collagen accumulation by 85-90%.

The findings by Ocean Biomedical’s Scientific Co-founder, Dr. Jack A. Elias, and his colleagues at Brown University, have revealed possible options for the treatment of pulmonary fibrosis conditions in patients with HPS, particularly HPS-1 and HPS-4, its most deadly forms.

“My life’s work has been focused on caring for patients with pulmonary conditions and it is difficult to see the limited treatment options that are available for many of these diseases. We are working to change that, and we’re really excited about the broad therapeutic potential for this unique treatment pathway,” said Dr. Elias.

Expanded application

Ocean’s anti-fibrosis platform aims to target significant unmet needs for conditions like Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome, and it has the potential to expand further into other areas like scleroderma, alcoholic liver disease, NASH, and kidney failure.

IPF is a lung condition that affects about 15 per 100,000 people globally while HPS is a rare genetic condition that affects about 1 in 750,000 people around the world. Since both IPF and HPS are categorised as “rare diseases” under the Orphan Drug Act, they are eligible for potential orphan drug designation, and Ocean Biomedical said it is moving towards IND filings for OCF-203 with both these patient populations in mind.

“We are pleased to see the strong results being generated in our anti-fibrosis platform, and we are proud to be moving them forward, especially for patients with conditions like HPS that do not currently have effective treatment options,” said Elizabeth Ng, CEO of Ocean Biomedical.

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