The US Department of Health and Human Services and Novan Inc are joining forces to develop a nitric oxide-based therapy as a topical treatment for thermal burns.

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), an agency within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, awarded a $7.8 million contract to Novan.

Under the terms of the contract, BARDA will provide funding over 2 years. The contract will support the pharmaceutical development of the Nitric Oxide Advanced Healing (NOAH) technology, including formulation work, nonclinical toxicology, and proof-of-concept studies in models of deep-partial-thickness and full-thickness thermal injuries.