ANNAPOLIS, Md., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- PharmAthene, Inc. (NYSE MKT: PIP), a biodefense company developing medical countermeasures against biological and chemical threats, announced today that it has fulfilled its obligations under a fixed price, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, awarded in 2013 by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) for the Company's anthrax anti-toxin, Valortim®. Under the IDIQ contract, PharmAthene was selected to provide a specified quantity of its Valortim® anthrax anti-toxin master cell bank for secure storage by the government as part of a risk mitigation strategy for anthrax medical countermeasures.
PharmAthene is a biodefense company engaged in the development and commercialization of next generation medical countermeasures against biological and chemical threats. PharmAthene's current biodefense portfolio includes the following product candidates:
- SparVax® - a next generation recombinant protective antigen (rPA) anthrax vaccine (liquid and lyophilized formulations)
- rBChE bioscavenger - a medical countermeasure for nerve agent poisoning by organophosphorous compounds, including nerve gases and pesticides
- Valortim® - a fully human monoclonal antibody for the prevention and treatment of anthrax infection
In August 2014, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order and awarded to PharmAthene lump sum expectation damages for the value of PharmAthene's lost profits for SIGA Technologies, Inc.'s smallpox antiviral, Tecovirimat, also known as ST-246® (formerly referred to as "Arestvyr™" and referred to by SIGA in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2014 as "Tecovirimat"). In addition, the Court of Chancery ordered SIGA to pay pre-judgment interest and varying percentages of PharmAthene's reasonable attorneys' and expert witness fees. A judgment, specifying the damages amount and fees payable to PharmAthene is expected to be issued by the Court of Chancery later this year and will remain subject to appeal.
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Copies of PharmAthene's public disclosure filings are available from its investor relations department and our website under the investor relations tab at www.PharmAthene.com.
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