PROLOR Biotech Receives Notice of Allowance for New U.S. Patent Covering Broad Applications of its CTP Platform for Long Acting Therapeutic Proteins
NES-ZIONA, Israel, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PROLOR Biotech, Inc. (NYSE MKT: PBTH) today announced that it received a notice of allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a patent application covering the company's CTP platform, which has the potential to extend the duration of activity of therapeutic proteins. The allowed claims cover manufacturing methods for CTP-modified compositions of a wide array of classes of therapeutic proteins, including hormones, high affinity protein ligands, proteins that induce or regulate an immune response, proteins involved with autocrine and paracrine activities, and mimetics of these therapeutic proteins, as well as other types of proteins.
This new U.S. patent is expected to be issued in the next few months.
"Upon issuance, this new patent is expected to further strengthen PROLOR's expanding intellectual property portfolio covering the CTP platform, as well as the new products we are developing using this versatile technology," said Shai Novik, president of PROLOR.
About PROLOR's CTP Technology
PROLOR's CTP technology is based on the naturally-occurring human carboxyl terminal peptide (CTP). When attached to a therapeutic protein, CTP significantly extends the length of time the protein remains active in the body. Clinical and preclinical studies have shown that the CTP technology appears to be safe and effective in extending the duration of all proteins tested to date. CTP's safety and efficacy have also been validated by the marketing approval of Merck's long-acting CTP-enhanced fertility drug Elonva® (FSH-CTP). A single Elonva injection replaces a regimen of seven daily FSH injections. Results from a Phase II trial of PROLOR's CTP-modified human growth hormone (hGH-CTP) in growth hormone deficient adults showed that a single weekly injection of hGH-CTP has the potential to replace seven consecutive daily injections of currently marketed human growth hormone. CTP was identified by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and is exclusively licensed to PROLOR for all proteins and peptides, except for four endocrine proteins that are licensed to Merck. CTP is manufactured using standard industrial biotech processes.
PROLOR Biotech, Inc. is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company applying unique technologies, including patented CTP technology, primarily to develop longer-acting proprietary versions of already approved therapeutic proteins that currently generate billions of dollars in annual global sales. The CTP technology is applicable to virtually all proteins. PROLOR is currently developing a long-acting version of human growth hormone, which successfully completed a Phase II clinical trial. It also is developing long-acting versions of Factor VIIa and Factor IX for hemophilia and a GLP-1/Glucagon dual receptor agonist peptide for diabetes and obesity, all of which are in preclinical development. For more information, visit http://www.prolor-biotech.com.
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