MIPS 25th Anniversary Profile: Baltimore Animal Medicine–slow-release analgesic for veterinary medicine

Leading up to (and beyond) the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) 25th Anniversary Gala, each weekday we will briefly profile one of the 500+ companies that have utilized MIPS funding to bring innovations to market and create jobs in Maryland. These profiles will be collected in a commemorative book, released at the celebration on November 7.

Project Manager:  Michael Guarnieri;  Principal InvestigatorLouis DeTolla, UMB
Location:  Baltimore, Maryland – Baltimore City;  Project Start Date:  8/1/2007

Business Description
Baltimore Animal Medicine is a privately held, pharmaceutical preparation company specializing in new drug delivery systems for animal medicine. The company is developing a suite of veterinary products that use approved drugs in new ways to slowly release medications such as analgesics, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory agents.

Challenge
Baltimore Animal Medicine sought to create an analgesic for veterinary use that is safe and effective and that would eliminate multiple daily injections.

MIPS Role
Researchers helped develop a new drug delivery system for pain relief in animals following surgery that would meet U.S. FDA guidelines for the licensing and sale of veterinary medicines. An implantable, continuous release tablet was tested for safety and efficacy.

Results
The FDA Expert Panel voted unanimously to approve Baltimore Animal Medicine’s mouse drug, Animalgesics™:  “The Expert Panel concludes that Animalgesics™ is both safe and efficacious for relief of post-procedural pain in mice when used under the conditions described on the proposed product label.”

Interesting Fact
Michael Guarnieri holds a master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University.  Louis DeTolla, VMD, MS, Ph.D., DACLAM is a board-certified laboratory animal veterinarian and scientist with doctoral degrees from Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Download the Baltimore Animal Medicine spread from the upcoming book, “MIPS 25thAnniversary Commemorative Collection: Creating Partners in Innovation,” to be released at the MIPS 25th Anniversary Gala on Nov. 7.

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