Startup driving cystic fibrosis drug to market

nzherald.co.nz

Andrea Miller is used to facing tough situations. As a senior army officer for 22 years, she’s faced all sorts of challenges, including a UN peacekeeping tour to East Timor. Now, as the chief executive of Auckland-based startup company Breathe Easy, she’s fighting for the 75,000 people around the world who suffer from cystic fibrosis (CF), including her 26-year-old daughter, Sarah.

Breathe Easy came about after Professor Elliott invented a new drug called Citramel, which melts the biofilms or mucus obstructing the effectiveness of existing antibiotics and the patient’s own immune system in dealing with CF.

It’s potentially a huge breakthrough for the medical world and an important milestone for New Zealand’s medical innovation as this will be the first CF product to enter clinical trials that was invented here and will be manufactured here.

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