RICHMOND, Va., Nov 10, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Insmed Inc. (Nasdaq: INSM), a developer of follow-on biologics and biopharmaceuticals, today announced that Genentech, Ipsen/Tercica and Insmed jointly issued the following statement:
Genentech, Ipsen/Tercica, and Insmed have been contacted by people living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and their loved ones seeking access to an IGF-I/IGFBP3 product called IPLEX(TM), which is solely manufactured by Insmed. We understand the devastation a disease like ALS causes and that there are a lack of available therapies that provide meaningful clinical benefit.
Although IPLEX(TM) has not been rigorously tested in people with ALS, nor received regulatory approval for use in ALS, all the companies involved appreciate the urgency and desperation for new treatments in the ALS community. We are all working diligently to determine how best to respond to that need.
The availability of IPLEX(TM) is subject to a Court-Ordered Settlement Agreement. On November 8, 2008, Genentech and Ipsen/Tercica signed a letter of intent whereby they have consented to amend the Court-Ordered Settlement Agreement to permit Insmed to supply IPLEX(TM) in connection with named-patient ALS programs worldwide on a royalty-free basis. Insmed's ability to do so will be dependent on satisfying any regulatory requirements in any country where a request for treatment is made.
Ipsen/Tercica and Insmed also plan to enter into negotiations concerning the development of IPLEX(TM) for the treatment of ALS, subject to analyzing the data from the ALS patients in Italy who have received IPLEX(TM), and satisfying any applicable regulatory requirements.
These actions represent each company's commitment to find a solution to the requests coming from the community of patients and their families. Insmed will update the community as further progress is made.
About Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord resulting in muscle weakness and atrophy. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages about two to five years from the time of diagnosis. For more information about ALS visit www.alsa.org
IPLEX(TM) is a complex of recombinant human insulin-like growth factor-I (rhIGF-I) and its predominant binding protein IGFBP-3 (rhIGFBP-3). The drug, approved in the United States in December 2005 for the treatment of children with growth failure due to severe primary IGF-I deficiency, is currently being investigated in ALS in Italy and in Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy.
Insmed Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company with unique protein process development and manufacturing experience and a proprietary protein platform aimed at niche markets with unmet medical needs. For more information, please visit www.insmed.com.
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