Lyndra said today that it won a 5-year grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a branch of the National Institutes of Health. The grant is slated to support the formulation and preclinical development of a once-weekly oral HIV treatment.
The Watertown, Mass.-based company makes use of a sustained-release technology developed by Robert Langer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A star-shaped pill loaded with drugs remains in the gastric cavity after it’s been swallowed for a pre-determined length of time. After the drugs have been released, the pill splits into small pieces and safely passes through the GI tract, according to Lyndra.