PROLOR Biotech to Present Preclinical Data on Its Long-Acting Clotting Factors VIIa and IX at European Hemophilia Conference
NES-ZIONA, Israel, Feb. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- PROLOR Biotech, Inc. (NYSE Amex: PBTH), today announced that PROLOR scientist Dr. Gili Hart will present data on its long-acting clotting factors in preclinical development for the treatment of hemophilia at the European Association for Haemophilia and Allied Disorders (EAHAD) 5th Annual Congress. Dr. Hart's presentation, "FVIIa-CTP and FIX-CTP, novel long-acting coagulation factors with prolonged hemostatic effect and improved recovery in FVIII-/- and FIX-/- mice," is part of a moderated poster session (poster #21) that will take place tomorrow at the EAHAD Congress in Rome, Italy.
In her poster presentation, Dr. Hart will discuss data from preclinical studies of PROLOR's long-acting versions of Factor VIIa and Factor lX. Top-line results of the Factor VIIa studies were recently reported by PROLOR. They showed that compared to commercially available Factor VIIa, hemophilic mice receiving Factor VIIa-CTP demonstrated a superior survival rate over a longer time period following a bleeding challenge, a superior and longer-lasting generation of the pro-clotting enzyme thrombin, and significantly higher in vivo recovery, a pharmacokinetic measure of clotting activity.
Dr. Hart also will present data from preclinical studies of Factor lX-CTP. PROLOR reported top-line results of these studies last year. They showed that Factor IX-CTP demonstrated a significantly longer duration of clotting activity in the hemophilic mice model compared with commercially available Factor IX. Bleeding episodes were significantly shorter and less intense for the group treated with Factor IX-CTP. In addition, none of the animals treated with Factor IX-CTP had any spontaneous re-bleeding events, compared with a 50% incidence of re-bleeding events for the group treated with commercial Factor IX.
PROLOR CEO Dr. Abraham Havron commented, "The EAHAD Annual Congress brings together leading hemophilia researchers and clinicians from around the globe, and we look forward to the opportunity to share with them the promising results we have seen to date in preclinical studies of our long-acting clotting factors for the treatment of hemophilia."
Hemophilia is a group of hereditary genetic disorders that impair the body's ability to control blood clotting, or coagulation. Patients with hemophilia do not produce adequate amounts of Factor VIII or Factor IX proteins, which are necessary for effective blood clotting. In severe hemophiliacs even a minor injury can result in blood loss that may continue for days or weeks, and complete healing may not occur, leading to the potential for debilitating permanent damage to joints and other organs and premature death. According to the World Health Organization, more than 400,000 people worldwide have hemophilia. Patients with hemophilia are currently treated with recombinant versions of the missing clotting factors. In addition, Factor VIIa is used as a replacement therapy for hemophilia patients who are resistant to Factor VIII therapy. The commercially available recombinant clotting factors have enabled many hemophiliacs to live near-normal lives, but frequent injections and/or blood transfusions may be required.
ABOUT THE EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR HAEMOPHILIA AND ALLIED DISORDERS
The European Association for Haemophilia and Allied Disorders (EAHAD) is a multi-disciplinary association of healthcare professionals who provide care for individuals with haemophilia and other bleeding disorders. The purpose of the EAHAD is to promote clinical care, education and research for this group of patients across the continent. For more information, visit the Association website at http://www.eahad.org.
PROLOR Biotech, Inc. is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company applying unique technologies, including its 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 has 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, as well as agents for atherosclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, which are all in preclinical development. For more information, visit www.prolor-biotech.com.
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