Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: LGND) announced today that its partner Rib-X Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has initiated a Phase 3 clinical trial of a Captisol-enabled™ intravenous (IV) formulation of delafloxacin for the first-line treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI), including infections caused by MRSA. Under the terms of a license and supply agreement, Ligand has earned a $500,000 milestone payment.
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Delafloxacin (originally RX-3341) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic being developed by Rib-X Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
It is more active (lower MIC90) than other quinolones against Gram-positive bacteria such as MRSA. In contrast to most approved fluoroquinolones, which are zwitterionic, delafloxacin has an anionic character, which results in a 10-fold increase in delafloxacin accumulation in both bacteria and cells at acidic pH. This property is believed to confer to delafloxacin an advantage for the eradication of Staphylococcus aureus in acidic environments, including intracellular…
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