CN Bio, FDA expand collaboration to evaluate the PhysioMimix multi-organ microphysiological system

CN Bio, a leading organ-on-a-chip company and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have expanded their collaboration for the second time, with new research aiming to evaluate multi-organ microphysiological systems (MPS) and their applications using the PhysioMimix Multi-organ System. Building on the success of prior studies, the system will initially be investigated for improving the preclinical estimation of human drug bioavailability compared to standard animal models.

For orally administered drugs, a critical parameter that needs to be understood by drug developers and regulatory agencies is bioavailability. Bioavailability is defined as the fraction of drug reaching the bloodstream. Accurately predicting the bioavailability of orally administered medicines in humans during preclinical development is crucial as it forms the basis for setting safe and efficacious doses in the clinic. Animal models currently dominate when estimating bioavailability, but evidence has shown these models are poor predictors in part due to inherent physiological and metabolic differences. Paving the way for approaches such as MPS, the recently passed FDA Modernization Act 2.0 has removed the mandatory requirement for animal testing for toxicity where enhanced performance is proven using in vitro alternatives.

CN Bio’s PhysioMimix Gut/Liver model recapitulates in vitro the structure and function of these human tissues and their fluidic interaction, for comparing intravenous and oral compound dosing. This model uniquely recreates the combined effect of intestinal permeability and first-pass metabolism by the liver for the prediction of human oral bioavailability.

During the last five years of collaboration with CN Bio, the FDA has utilized the PhysioMimix Liver model for drug toxicity and metabolism studies resulting in the first co-publication, peer-reviewed article between an MPS provider and a regulator. Within the same year, the FDA and CN Bio broadened their partnership further to explore the potential of the company’s lung model across various inhaled drug applications – work on this is still ongoing.