RICHMOND, Va., Jan 26, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Insmed Incorporated (Insmed) (NASDAQ: INSM) announced today that Insmed has been granted a non-exclusive license to patent rights pertaining to the use of an Insulin-Like Growth Factor -I (IGF-I) therapy for the treatment of extreme or severe insulin resistant diabetes from Fujisawa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Fujisawa). Under the terms of the agreement, Insmed will obtain worldwide rights in territories (excluding Japan) where a valid patent claim exists, including the United States and Europe. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Seiji Hashimoto, Ph.D., Director, Product Planning, Global Corporate Strategic Planning of Fujisawa stated, "Severe Insulin Resistance can be a life threatening and severely debilitating condition. We are pleased to be working with Insmed in their pursuit to address this worldwide unmet medical need. "
Geoffrey Allan, Ph.D., President and chief executive officer of Insmed commented, "Severe Insulin Resistance is a very important indication for Insmed. This licence is a significant strategic achievement for our company in our pursuit for an effective treatment of these severe diseases."
On December 15, 2003, Insmed announced it had received Orphan Drug Designation for SomatoKine(R), an IGF-I therapy, for the treatment of extreme insulin resistance. In human clinical studies in patients with extreme insulin resistance syndromes, IGF-I therapy effectively reduced blood glucose and enhanced insulin sensitivity (1, 2, 3).
Insmed's rhIGF-I/rhIGFBP-3 is a proprietary delivery composition of insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I). The novel compound is administered as a once-daily subcutaneous injection, which can restore IGF levels to physiological relevant levels. In diabetic subjects, administration of rhIGF-I/rhIGFBP-3 demonstrated a significant improvement in blood sugar control and a significant reduction in daily insulin use. Following severe burn injury, in both children and adults, administration of rhIGF-I/rhIGFBP-3 demonstrated a significant improvement in muscle protein synthesis and a significant reduction in the inflammatory response associated with the trauma. In recovery from hip fractures, administration of rhIGF-I/rhIGFBP-3 has demonstrated a significant improvement in functional recovery and bone mineral density. rhIGF-I/rhIGFBP-3 is currently in a pivotal Phase III clinical trial for the treatment of Growth Hormone Insensitivity Syndrome (GHIS), a severe growth disorder.
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