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Destiny Pharma: Clinical development update

  • Positive Results from XF-73 Dermal Safety Study
  • XF-73 Dermal to be progressed towards clinical evaluation for the treatment of Diabetic Foot Infections and serious burn wound infections
  • Update on NTCD-M3 programme partnered with Sebela Pharmaceuticals

Brighton, United Kingdom – 31 January 2024 – Destiny Pharma (AIM: DEST), a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialisation of novel medicines to prevent and cure life threatening infections, today provides a clinical development update on two of its programmes.

XF-73 Dermal

The Company is pleased to announce positive data from a pivotal preclinical safety study of XF-73 Dermal, a novel dermal formulation for the treatment of antibiotic resistant skin infections associated with open wounds and broken skin. Conducted as part of a non-clinical evaluation agreement with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the in vivo safety study met all endpoints. The study examined the potential toxicity of XF-73 Dermal following one, two and three doses of XF-73 Dermal applied to broken skin and wounds weekly for up to five weeks.

The product was well tolerated with no significant impact on any clinical or safety parameters and had no apparent negative impact on wound healing. Importantly, XF-73 was retained locally at the site of wound application with negligible amounts seen in the bloodstream, further supporting the safety profile of this product. Subject to regulatory approval, these positive safety results enable the progression of XF-73 Dermal into clinical studies for evaluation in a wide range of serious infected skin and wound conditions.

Following this positive study outcome, Destiny Pharma intends initially to progress XF-73 Dermal towards clinical evaluation for the treatment of Diabetic Foot Infections (DFI) and serious burn wound infections, two areas with a clear unmet need and large patient populations. The Company is confident in the potential positive impact that XF-73 Dermal can provide in these settings and will now explore the most appropriate route to move the product forward in these indications.


In line with plans disclosed at the interim results announced on 20 September 2023, the Company’s management has reviewed the Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) programme for NTCD-M3, its product candidate for the prevention of Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) recurrence. Following this review, the Company, along with its partner, Sebela Pharmaceuticals (“Sebela”), has now changed its contract development manufacturing organisation for NTCD-M3 in order to strengthen manufacturing for clinical trial material and improve future commercial supply. In doing so, this supports the transition of NTCD-M3 from a liquid to a solid dose formulation, which, based on market research is the preferred formulation, and therefore further strengthens the competitive profile of NTCD-M3.

These improvements to CMC, which are under the remit of Destiny Pharma, mean that the company now expect drug product for the next stage of clinical development to be available in H2 2024. Sebela, who is responsible for the clinical development plan, is assessing the impact of these changes on the development plan. This may include a further Phase 2 study to de-risk Phase 3 study. As previously announced, Sebela has the right, at its own cost, to complete any further trials.

Dr Bill Love, Chief Scientific Officer of Destiny Pharma said: “I would like to thank NIAID for their support and collaboration throughout the preclinical safety study in XF-73 Dermal and I am delighted to announce this positive dataset. With these results, we can move XF-73 Dermal into the clinic with the confidence that it has the potential to meaningfully improve outcomes in these two painful, prevalent and potentially deadly conditions.”

Chris Tovey, Chief Executive Officer of Destiny Pharma, added: “The data from this XF-73 Dermal study are highly encouraging. There is a significant unmet need in DFI and serious burn wound infections, and we look forward to progressing our XF-73 Dermal product into the clinic. Our research across the XF-73 drug platform has demonstrated potency of XF-73 against thousands of different strains across Staphylococcus, including MRSA, which are prolific in causing DFI and serious burn wound infections. By moving forward with this asset, we will broaden our pipeline in an area of significant market potential, further validating the potential of the XF drug platform to reduce the emergence and impact of drug-resistant pathogens. I look forward to providing further updates in due course.”

“For any drug programme, the CMC elements of a development plan are critical to its success and one of my first jobs has been to review the integrity and robustness of the CMC for all our programmes and make enhancements where they will add value for our assets.”

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