By Kimberly B. Shepard, David T. Vodak, Philip J. Kuehl, et al.
Local delivery of biotherapeutics to the lung holds great promise for treatment of lung diseases, but development of physically stable, biologically active dry powder formulations of large molecules for inhalation has remained a challenge. Here, spray drying was used to manufacture a dry powder pulmonary formulation of bevacizumab, a monoclonal antibody approved to treat non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) by intravenous infusion. By reformulating bevacizumab for local delivery, reduced side effects, lower doses, and improved patient compliance are possible. The formulation had aerosol properties suitable for delivery to the deep lung, as well as good physical stability at ambient temperature for at least 6 months. Bevacizumab’s anti-VEGF bioactivity was not impacted by the manufacturing process. The formulation was efficacious in an in vivo rat model for NSCLC at a 10-fold decrease in dose relative to the intravenous control.
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