SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTCT) today announced that it is the recipient of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy's (PPMD) "Path to Progress" award, honoring PTC's 16 years of commitment to bring the first-ever therapy for the underlying cause of the disorder to patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The award was presented at PPMD's Annual Connect Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
"We are honored to be recognized by an organization that has had a tremendous impact on advancing the research and development of treatments for DMD," stated Stuart W. Peltz, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, PTC Therapeutics, Inc. "PTC is committed to bringing new treatments to patients that are suffering from rare and neglected diseases. Early in PTC's history we became involved in pursuing new treatments for Duchenne patients and worked with PPMD to understand how we can best serve the community. We are extremely proud to be bringing Translarna to patients and grateful to the patients, families, advocacy groups, scientists and physicians who have supported us, and continue to do so, through the many years of research and development of Translarna. The CHMPs positive opinion is very gratifying, and we are committed to working towards providing access to all DMD patients."
In May 2014, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency adopted a positive opinion regarding PTC's application for a conditional marketing authorization of Translarna™ (ataluren) for the treatment of nonsense mutation Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This was the first-ever recommendation by a regulatory body for approval of a therapy targeting Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Translarna (ataluren) is an investigational new drug discovered and developed by PTC.
"We congratulate PTC Therapeutics on its dedication to the Duchenne community and its research and development for compounds for this devastating disease," stated Pat Furlong, President & CEO of PPMD. "We applaud PTC for its perseverance in pursuing regulatory options to provide Translarna to patients as rapidly as possible. The company's pioneering work has paved the way and encouraged the scientific community to develop new therapies for DMD."
ABOUT PTC THERAPEUTICS, INC. PTC is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of orally administered, proprietary small molecule drugs that target post-transcriptional control processes. Post-transcriptional control processes regulate the rate and timing of protein production and are essential to proper cellular function. PTC's internally discovered pipeline addresses multiple therapeutic areas, including rare disorders, oncology and infectious diseases. PTC has developed proprietary technologies that it applies in its drug discovery activities and in collaborations with leading biopharmaceutical companies. For more information on the company, please visit our website www.ptcbio.com
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