Bertilimumab Granted Orphan Drug Designation for the Treatment of Bullous Pemphigoid
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Aug. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Immune Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB: IMNP) (“Immune” or the “Company”), a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutic agents for the treatment of immunologic and inflammatory diseases, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) to bertilimumab for the treatment of bullous pemphigoid (BP).
“We are incredibly gratified that bertilimumab has received Orphan Drug Designation for the treatment of bullous pemphigoid from the FDA and believe this designation, coupled with the recent positive opinion from the EMA’s Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products represent a significant regulatory milestone or bertilimumab,” commented Immune’s Chief Medical and Operating Officer, Tony Fiorino, MD, PhD. “We are focused on putting all of the manufacturing and regulatory pieces in place to launch a pivotal phase 2/3 study of bertilimumab in bullous pemphigoid next year.”
The FDA Orphan Drug Designation program provides a special status to drugs and biologics intended to treat, diagnose or prevent diseases and disorders that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. This designation provides for a seven-year marketing exclusivity period, as well as certain incentives, including federal grants, tax credits and a waiver of PDUFA filing fees.
About Immune Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutic agents for the treatment of immunologic and inflammatory diseases. Immune's lead program, bertilimumab, is a first-in-class, fully human monoclonal antibody that targets and lowers levels of eotaxin-1, a chemokine that plays a role in immune responses and attracts eosinophils to the site of inflammation. By neutralizing eotaxin-1, bertilimumab may prevent the migration of eosinophils and other cells, thus helping to relieve associated inflammatory conditions. Currently, Immune is conducting two phase 2 clinical trials to test bertilimumab in patients suffering from bullous pemphigoid and ulcerative colitis, respectively. Bertilimumab may have application in other diseases, including atopic dermatitis, immune and inflammatory hepatitis, and asthma.
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Released August 20, 2018