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Skin Scar

Skin scar is a result of an overgrowth of collagen in the dermis. Wound-healing frequently results in scar formation, and in extreme cases, hypertrophic scars or keloids

Currently, no universal standard of care and no approved drugs for the reduction of scarring exist

Scar prevention or reduction is a therapeutic area of unmet medical need

  • Hypertrophic Scar

  • Keloid Scar

Market Potential

The global hypertrophic & keloid scar treatment market size has been projected to reach $10B by 2025. (Source: Grand View Research 2020)

Mechanism

Target gene - Connect Tissue Growth Factor (CTGF)

Development Status

Efficient inhibition of fibrosis identified in animal models

Technology transferred to Hugel for Asian region (Nov. 1, 2013)

Thesis published (preclinical trial) in Journal of Investigate Dermatology

First in Asia to complete phase 1 clinical trial of RNA interference drug (May 16, 2018) and to obtain approval for phase 2 clinical trial in Korea (executed by Hugel on Nov. 7, 2018)

Phase 2 study permitted by FDA (Oct. 28, 2020)

Government Funding

Selected as Korea Drug Development Fund (KDDF) Project in 2014
for successful completion (preclinical trial)

Selected as Korea Drug Development Fund(KDDF) Project in 2018
(phase 1 in the UK and phase 2 IND in the US)

Selected as Korea Drug Development Fund(KDDF) Project in 2014 completing successgully(preclinical trial)

Selected as Korea Drug Development Fund(KDDF) Project in 2018(phase 1 in UK and phase 2 IND in US)

Publication

Hwang, J., Chang, C., Kim, J. H., Oh, C. T., Lee, H. N., Lee, C., Oh, D., Lee, C., Kim, B., Hong, S. W., & Lee, D. K. (2016). Development of Cell-Penetrating Asymmetric Interfering RNA Targeting Connective Tissue Growth Factor. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 136(11), 2305-2313.