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Innovative methodology for nanoencapsulation of montelukast in cyclodextrin

Posted by UACOOPERA from uacooperaResponsive · Patents for licensing · Portugal

Summary of the technology

Cyclodextrin is a nano-sized capsule that allows increasing the stability and aqueous solubility of active pharmaceutical ingredients such as montelukast. This technology comprehends an alternative method to obtain an amorphous solid composed by montelukast and cyclodextrin. In alternative to conventional methodologies, this method allows the encapsulation to occur without requiring the use of solvents and the formation of degradation products.

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CONTEXT

Montelukast is an active pharmaceutical ingredient used to control asthma, seasonal allergic rhinitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Being sensitive to light and humidity, montelukast is difficult to handle and formulate. Indeed, the current paediatric formulation, which comprises sachets of water-dispersible powder, needs to be consumed within 15 minutes after wetting.

This technology allows preparing a pre-formulation of montelukast without the contact with any solvent. The resulting product is an amorphous solid, stable to normal air humidity for at least three months and remains stable for at least four hours in water-dissolved state, while pure montelukast starts degrading after one hour.

BENEFITS

SIMPLE PREPARATION METHOD

WITHOUT SOLVENTS

ELIMINATION OF COSTS related with the use, drying and disposal/recycling of solvents.

HIGHER STABILITY IN AQUEOUS SOLUTION: at least four times higher compared to pure montelukast.

AMORPHOUS SOLID PRODUCT

LONG SHELF LIFE UNDER AIR

DISSOLUTION EQUIVALENT TO THAT OF PURE MONTELUKAST

APPLICATIONS

This method for nanoencapsulation of montelukast in cyclodextrin can be applied in:

PHARMACEUTICAL FORMULATIONS

DEVELOPMENT STAGE

TRL 4 – method tested and validated in laboratory.

KEYWORDS

Montelukast

Cyclodextrin

Solid-solid reactions

Stability

Solubility

DEVELOPED BY

Researchers from the Organic Chemistry, Natural Products and Foods Stuffs Research Unit (QOPNA) and from Aveiro Institute of Materials (CICECO) from the University of Aveiro.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

License agreement.

Testing of new applications.

PARTNERSHIP

The University of Aveiro seeks partners within pharmaceutical industry.

Technology #16029

Intellectual property status

Patent already applied for
110410
Portugal

Technology Owner

uacoopera

Technology Transfer Office

UACOOPERA University of Aveiro

Technology Transfer Office at uacoopera

Additional information (attached documents)

Related keywords

  • Chemical Technology and Engineering
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Physical Sciences and Exact Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Medicine, Human Health
  • Pharmaceutical Products / Drugs
  • Micro- and Nanotechnology related to Biological sciences
  • Medical Health related
  • Pharmaceuticals/fine chemicals
  • encapsulation

About uacoopera

Technology Transfer Office from Portugal

The University of Aveiro is a young and innovative university, which fosters entrepreneurship and technology and knowledge transfer, with expertise in a wide range of knowledge areas namely IT, Life Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Health, Environmental Sciences), Nanotechnology and Materials Science, Mechanics, Physics, Mathematics, Building, Design and Management. uacoopera is the Technology Transfer Office of University of Aveiro. This office engages in value adding activities such as start-up and spin-off creation, support to university-industry cooperation (sponsored research and consultancy services), IP protection and prosecution, licensing, marketing, among others. It covers four main interrelated functional areas – Intellectual Property Management, Licensing, Entrepreneurship, and Industry Liaison.

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