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MAX BioPharma and Metaba Announce Joint Collaboration on Metabolomics Studies

Monday, February 26, 2024

Today, MAX BioPharma, Inc. ( and Metaba, LLC ( have announced a strategic collaboration to investigate the effects of oxysterol drug candidates targeting non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), chronic inflammation, and atherosclerosis using Metaba's advanced metabolomics platform technology. This partnership aims to leverage their respective strengths to identify metabolic changes induced by oxysterols, shedding light on the mechanisms of action for potential therapeutic benefits. Additionally, the collaboration seeks to identify biomarkers that could aid in evaluating drug efficacy and serve as diagnostic or prognostic tools.

"We are thrilled about this significant collaboration between our companies and scientists, which will bolster MAX BioPharma's R&D endeavors to create innovative drugs for some of the most debilitating and life-threatening human diseases, particularly NASH, IPF, and cardiovascular diseases," said Farhad Parhami, President and CEO of MAX BioPharma. "As we strive to develop novel drugs, it's crucial to find less invasive methods to assess their effectiveness in both preclinical models and future human clinical trials."

Philip Sell, CEO of Metaba, emphasized the potential of metabolomics as a powerful research tool, highlighting its ability to complement multi-omics approaches and its broad applicability across biological systems. "Our platform can provide valuable insights into pathogenesis, disease progression, therapeutic mechanisms, and biomarker discovery," Sell stated. "We are excited about collaborating with MAX BioPharma and contributing to their impressive therapeutic development programs. Our combined expertise holds great promise for making strides in tackling debilitating diseases and enhancing patient outcomes."



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