NES-ZIONA, Israel, Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PROLOR Biotech, Inc. (NYSE Amex: PBTH) today announced that it has received a notice of allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) for a patent application covering the company's long-acting CTP-enhanced human growth hormone (hGH-CTP). Upon issuance, the new patent would provide PROLOR with additional intellectual property protection covering the production and manufacturing processes used for hGH-CTP. This new protection will be in addition to the core composition patent for the hGH-CTP compound, which was issued to PROLOR in 2009. PROLOR recently announced positive results from a Phase II study of hGH-CTP in adults with growth hormone deficiency.
"Allowance of this new manufacturing patent is significant for PROLOR's intellectual property portfolio, since we view our manufacturing process as integral to the efficient production of our hGH-CTP therapeutic," said Shai Novik, president of PROLOR. "In addition to this new patent, we have several other CTP-related patent applications that are currently pending. We believe that our growing CTP patent portfolio will provide significant protection for our CTP-enhanced compounds in development, as well as for our CTP platform technology, and that it will serve as an important value driver for PROLOR in the future."
This new U.S. patent is expected to issue in the next few months.
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 show 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) in 2010. A single Elonva injection replaces a week-long regimen of seven daily FSH injections. PROLOR recently announced interim efficacy results from a Phase II trial of its CTP-modified human growth hormone (hGH-CTP) in growth hormone deficient adults, showing 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 its patented CTP technology and its Reversible Pegylation 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 and the Reversible Pegylation technology is well-suited for use with peptides and small molecule therapeutics. PROLOR is currently developing long-acting versions of human growth hormone, which is in Phase II clinical development, and Factor IX, Factor VII, interferon beta, anti-obesity peptide OXY-RPEG and erythropoietin, which are in preclinical development, as well as agents for atherosclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. For more information, visit www.prolor-biotech.com.
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