Biomerica InFoods® IBS Data Presented at the 2022 American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Annual Scientific Meeting

Irvine, California, UNITED STATES


  • ACG Presidential Award Received for the InFoods® IBS Data Presented at the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Annual Scientific Meeting
  • The Presented Clinical Study Data Showed InFoods® IBS Provided Significant Improvement in Several IBS Symptoms Including Abdominal Pain Intensity (API), Which, in Some Cases, Were Better Than Current Drugs in the Market
  • InFoods® IBS Clinical Research Data Is Also Featured in Medscape and Gastroenterology Advisor, two leading Medical Trade and News Publications

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Biomerica, Inc. (Nasdaq: BMRA) (the “Company”) announced that data derived from a clinical study of InFoods® IBS was presented at the 2022 American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Annual Scientific Meeting in a poster titled “IgG-based Elimination Diets for Patients with IBS: Results From a Prospective, Multi-Center, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial.” The poster was selected by ACG as a “Presidential Poster.” Fewer than 5% of accepted ACG abstracts each year receive this distinction, which is awarded for high quality, novel and potentially industry disruptive research.

The outcomes of this prospective, multi-center, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial presented at ACG showed that IBS patients who used the InFoods® IBS test to guide the elimination of specific foods from their diets for eight weeks (“treatment diet arm”) led to a material improvement of symptoms over placebo in several IBS measures including: abdominal pain intensity, bloating, Subject Global Assessment of Relief (SGA) and the Global Improvement Scale (GIS). People with IBS-Constipation and IBS-Mixed who participated in the study showed the greatest decrease in symptoms. No significant adverse events were reported.

In the data presented at the ACG annual meeting, for the Abdominal Pain Intensity (API) responder endpoint of >30% improvement in pain, patients with IBS Constipation and IBS Mixed in the treatment diet arm had a statistically significant improvement over patients in the placebo diet arm (p-value of 0.0246). The improvement for patients in the treatment versus the placebo is considered clinically significant and is similar and, in some cases, better than the current drugs in the market.

Anthony Lembo, MD, FACG, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School said, “The standard self-directed IBS elimination diets can be challenging to adhere to, require a significant time commitment and ultimately do not necessarily provide positive outcomes. These data show that this novel, proprietary IgG based test may help guide the elimination of specific foods resulting in benefit to some patients with IBS.”

These clinical study results presented at the ACG meeting were also featured in an article published by Medscape titled “IgG-Based Elimination Diet Beneficial for IBS Symptoms: Study” and in an additional article published by Gastroenterology Advisor titled “IgG-Based Elimination Diets Reduce IBS Abdominal Pain, Bloating.”

Zack Irani, Chief Executive Officer of Biomerica, said, “We are highly encouraged by the data validations and this award-winning medical research that reinforces the potential efficacy of our revolutionary InFoods® IBS diagnostic-guided therapy. We believe that InFoods IBS can play an important role in the treatment of people who have IBS.”

About InFoods®
The Biomerica InFoods® IBS product is designed to allow physicians to identify patient-specific foods (e.g., eggs, broccoli, wheat, potatoes, pork, etc.), that when removed from the diet, may alleviate or improve an individual's IBS symptoms including, but not limited to, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, cramping, pain and indigestion. This patented, diagnostic-guided therapy is designed to allow for a patient-specific, guided dietary regimen to improve IBS outcomes. A point-of-care version of the product is being developed to allow physicians to perform the test in-office using a finger stick blood sample while a clinical lab version of the product is expected to be the first for which the Company will seek regulatory approval. A billable CPT code that can be used by both clinical labs and physicians' offices is already available for InFoods® diagnostic products. Since the InFoods® product is a diagnostic-guided therapy, and not a drug, it has no drug type side effects. An estimated 40 million people in America currently suffer from IBS making it a leading cause for patient doctor visits1.

About Biomerica (NASDAQ: BMRA)

Biomerica, Inc. (www.biomerica.com) is a global biomedical technology company that develops, patents, manufactures and markets advanced diagnostic and therapeutic products used at the point of care (in home and in physicians' offices) and in hospital/clinical laboratories for detection and/or treatment of medical conditions and diseases. The Company's products are designed to enhance the health and well-being of people, while reducing total healthcare costs. Biomerica’s primary focus is on gastrointestinal and inflammatory diseases where the Company has multiple diagnostic and therapeutic products in development.

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Corporate Contact:
Zack Irani
949-645-2111
zirani@biomerica.com

Source: Biomerica

1. Canavan et al. The epidemiology of irritable bowel syndrome Clin Epidemiol. 2014; 6: 71–80. doi: 10.2147/CLEP.S40245