XYMOGEN announced an exclusive partnership with Acasti Pharma, the biopharmaceutical company with whom they will launch the worldwide distribution of LipiChol540, a physician-prescribed medical food to manage omega-3 phospholipid deficiency. The formula will be distributed by Pharmaceutix Medical Foods, a wholly owned subsidiary of XYMOGEN.
Acasti, which is headquartered in Canada, is a pioneer in the medical use of long-chain omega-3 phospholipids for treatment of chronic cardiovascular and cardiometabolic disorders. Cardiometabolic disorders are associated with a group of risk factors with distinctive metabolic and nutritional requirements. The medical food constitutes an answer, in combination with other medication, to manage primary and secondary dyslipidemic conditions resulting from the cardiometabolic disorder omega-3 phospholipid deficiency.
"We have seen incredible enthusiasm from doctors for LipiChol540's ability to lower triglycerides without raising bad low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in patients with omega-3 phospholipid deficiency for whom diet and exercise changes are not effective," said Brian Blackburn, President and CEO of XYMOGEN. "Acasti is a scientific pioneer and our partnership will bring unique and effective products to patients in the United States."
LipiChol540 is the only medical krill oil product in the world. It is pharmaceutically formulated to provide a stronger dosage and lower pill burden, compared to popular fish oil supplements, without the typical unpleasant taste or burping side effects.
Medical foods are defined by the FDA as foods specifically formulated to provide nutrients for the management of a disease for which there is a recognized nutrient dysfunction or deficiency component. Medical foods must be used under the care and oversight of a physician, and they must meet the FDA's rigorous safety requirements.
Krill oil, LipiChol540's main ingredient, comes from a small and plentiful ocean fish called krill. Krill oil contains high levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants and has become known as a nutrient-rich "superfood" because it is more easily absorbed into the body than fish oil.