European Patent Granted for ZyVersa Therapeutics’ Lead Asset, Cholesterol Efflux Mediatorâ„¢ VAR 200 for Use in Patients with Diabetic Nephropathy/Diabetic Kidney Disease

  • Cholesterol Efflux Mediator™ VAR 200 is in phase 2a development to reduce renal cholesterol and lipid accumulation that damages the kidneys’ filtration system in patients with glomerular diseases, including diabetic kidney disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, and Alport syndrome

WESTON, Fla., July 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ZyVersa Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZVSA, or “ZyVersa”), a clinical stage specialty biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-class drugs for treatment of inflammatory and renal diseases, announces that the European Patent Office granted a patent covering the company’s Phase 2a-ready Cholesterol Efflux Mediator™ VAR 200 (2-hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin) for use in diabetic nephropathy/diabetic kidney disease (Patent Number EP 2 836 221).

VAR 200 was developed in the labs of Dr. Alessia Fornoni, Katz Professor of Medicine, Chief, Katz Family Division of Nephrology & Hypertension, and Director of Peggy & Harold Katz Drug Discovery Center at the University of Miami. ZyVersa was granted an exclusive, worldwide, license for the development and commercialization of VAR 200 by L&F Research LLC, which was founded by Dr. Fornoni and others to obtain the intellectual property that had been released to the Inventors by the University of Miami.

“Approval of this patent claiming our Cholesterol Efflux Mediator™ VAR 200 for use in treating diabetic kidney disease speaks to the innovative and important research conducted by Dr. Fornoni and her team involving removal of excess cholesterol and lipids that damage the kidneys’ filtration system. There are no therapeutic options available that address this issue,” said Stephen C. Glover, ZyVersa’s Co-founder, Chairman, CEO, and President. “Strengthening our intellectual property portfolio for VAR 200 and expanding our patent protection and exclusive rights into additional geographic regions will further enable ZyVersa to increase shareholder value as VAR 200 advances into clinical trials, which are planned for initiation in the fourth quarter of this year. There is a tremendous need for effective treatments to slow progression of renal disease.”

About Cholesterol Efflux Mediator™ VAR 200

Cholesterol Efflux Mediator™ VAR 200 (2-hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin, 2HPβCD) is a phase 2a-ready drug in development to ameliorate renal lipid accumulation that damages the kidneys’ filtration system, leading to kidney disease progression. VAR 200 passively and actively removes excess lipids from the kidney.

Preclinical studies with VAR 200 in animal models of FSGS, Alport syndrome, and diabetic kidney disease demonstrate that removal of excess cholesterol and lipids from kidney podocytes protects against structural damage and reduces excretion of protein in the urine (proteinuria).

The lead indication for VAR 200 is orphan kidney disease focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). VAR 200 has potential to treat other glomerular diseases, including orphan Alport syndrome and diabetic kidney disease.

About ZyVersa Therapeutics, Inc.

ZyVersa (Nasdaq: ZVSA) is a clinical stage specialty biopharmaceutical company leveraging advanced, proprietary technologies to develop first-in-class drugs for patients with renal and inflammatory diseases who have significant unmet medical needs. The Company is currently advancing a therapeutic development pipeline with multiple programs built around its two proprietary technologies – Cholesterol Efflux Mediator™ VAR 200 for treatment of kidney diseases, and Inflammasome ASC Inhibitor IC 100, targeting damaging inflammation associated with numerous CNS and other inflammatory diseases. For more information, please visit

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