Franciosi Consulting Assessing New Potential Treatments for Asthma and COPD

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lui Franciosi is pleased to announce that Franciosi Consulting Ltd. will be assessing the use of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) for the treatment of asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). GAGs are long linear polysaccharides consisting of repeating disaccharide units (i.e., two-sugar units) that participate in many biological processes, in particular, cell signalling and development, anti-coagulation and tumour progression. Their large structural diversity makes them useful in the discovery of new drugs. Heparin is a clinically useful GAG with anticoagulant properties. The use of inhaled unfractionated heparin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and mucolytic effects with the potential to modify the progression of asthma and COPD. However, its major side effect continues to be bleeding. Therefore, there is a need for a better heparin-like molecule which is anti-inflammatory but with minimal anticoagulant effects. Lui Franciosi states, “While reviewing the existing scientific literature and searching out which GAG molecules could be useful for treating COVID-19, it makes sense to also look at their potential effects in asthma and COPD. These diseases share common inflammatory pathways which make them liable to heparin but also to current steroid therapies which also have unique side effects of their own.”

For more information about Lui Franciosi and his company Franciosi Consulting Ltd., please visit or his YouTube Channel Dr. Franciosi advises on the operational and research needs of the pharmaceutical and seniors care industries. He also discusses topics online such as running your own business, chronic pain, the importance of long-term senior care, Lyme Disease, as well as COVID-19 & the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.

About Lui Franciosi

Lui Franciosi is a consultant with over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He has worked as a pharmacologist and an executive in the pharmaceutical industry in Canada, Europe, and Asia. He holds a Masters degree and a Doctorate from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He also studied business at the University of Warwick in the U.K. He went on to become the COO at Verona Pharma for seven years. Lui Franciosi founded Franciosi Consulting Ltd. in 2015 and is the president and CEO.


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