Scientists enter research collaboration to outsmart cancer

eurekalert | April 17, 2019

Scientists enter research collaboration to outsmart cancer
Cancer is a disease that afflicts an alarming number of people, with one in two being diagnosed with a type of cancer during their lifetime. The global cancer burden has risen to 18.1 million people in 2018, which makes cancer one of the leading causes of death worldwide. While clinical developments and advances in early detection and treatment have already changed the lives of many people suffering from this disease, there is still a tremendous need to develop new knowledge and make new breakthroughs in cancer drug discovery and development. Effective cancer research is unthinkable without collaboration. The field is immense and new developments are occurring all the time, so partnerships are key - whether internal, external or interdisciplinary. Today, Insilico Medicine, a biotech company developing the end-to-end drug discovery pipeline utilizing next-generation artificial intelligence, announces its partnership with Arctoris, the world's first fully automated cancer research laboratory providing robotic experimentation in the cloud, Science Entrepreneur Club, a life sciences network and Cluster Market, a leading online equipment sharing and booking platform enabling and accelerating science.

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U.S. shipments for the pharmaceutical market accounted for 70 percent of the sector, while medical devices made up 30 percent. Legacy lines are driving equipment change. Manufacturers have outdated equipment that needs replacing now or in the very near future.

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Xeris Pharmaceuticals Strengthens Its Patent Estate

XERIS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. | August 20, 2021

Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company leveraging its novel formulation technology platforms to develop and commercialize ready-to-use injectable and infusible drug formulations, today announced that it has recently been granted three new patents relating to its formulation technology platforms. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted U.S. Patent Nos. 10,987,399 and 11,020,403 to Xeris, and the China Intellectual Property Office granted Chinese Patent No. ZL201580042185.5 to Xeris. The US ‘399 patent covers storage-stable formulations of pramlintide, and the US ‘403 patent covers storage-stable formulations of benzodiazepines, both using Xeris’ proprietary XeriSol™ formulation technology. The Chinese ’185.5 patent covers pre-filled syringes containing a variety of active pharmaceutical ingredients, using Xeris’ proprietary XeriJect™ technology. These patents, and related patent applications that are pending in these and other patent offices around the world, also cover the uses of such products in treating a variety of diseases and disorders including diabetes. “Our strategy as a platform company is to patent early and often to continue to strengthen our position as a product development and formulation company. These new patent grants represent a significant expansion of Xeris’ intellectual property portfolio and help us to continue to invest in our innovation into life-saving therapies that can benefit patients worldwide,” said Paul R. Edick, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xeris Pharmaceuticals. “With the recent opening of our Research & Development center in Chicago, led by our Chief Scientific Officer and Xeris co-founder Dr. Steve Prestrelski, we anticipate that we will continue to develop and bring to the market novel solutions for treating and preventing a variety of human diseases and disorders, improving the quality of life for our patients and their families.” The granting of these patents expands the size of Xeris growing patent portfolio, bringing the total number of patents granted to Xeris worldwide to 121 (16 of which have been granted in the US). In addition to these new patent grants, Xeris has 120 patent applications pending worldwide, and expects to receive patent grants on several of those pending applications within the next several months. These patent grants, which provide Xeris the right to exclude others from making, selling, and using its proprietary technologies, will provide patent protection to Xeris on its proprietary pharmaceutical products for at least the next decade. All patents are owned by Xeris. About Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Xeris is a pharmaceutical company delivering innovative solutions to simplify the experience of administering important therapies that people rely on every day around the world. With a novel technology platform that enables ready-to-use, room-temperature stable formulations of injectable drug products, the company is advancing a portfolio of solutions in various therapeutic categories, including its first commercial product, Gvoke® in the U.S. Its proprietary XeriSol™ and XeriJect™ formulation technologies have the potential to offer distinct advantages over conventional product formulations, including eliminating the need for reconstitution, enabling long-term, room-temperature stability, significantly reducing injection volume, and eliminating the requirement for intravenous (IV) infusion. With Xeris’ technology, new product formulations are designed to be easier to use by patients, caregivers, and health practitioners and help reduce costs for payers and the healthcare system.

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Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals Submits New Drug Application to the FDA for CPP-1X/sul for Treatment of Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals, CPP-1X/sul | June 29, 2020

Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (CPP), a private biotech company developing novel therapeutics to prevent cancer and other diseases, announced that it has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking accelerated approval for CPP-1X/sul for treatment of adults with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). FAP is a rare genetic disease that if left untreated progresses to colorectal cancer in nearly 100% of patients. The clinical development of CPP-1X/sul was designed to establish this fixed dose combination product as a potential pharmaco-preventive drug treatment specifically for FAP patients. “The NDA submission for our lead drug candidate, CPP-1X/sul, represents a significant milestone for FAP patients and their families,” said CPP CEO Jeff Jacob. “For most FAP patients, current medical practice involves a lifetime of periodic monitoring as well as highly invasive surgical procedures. If approved, CPP-1X/sul could provide an alternative to surgery for many patients, significantly improving their quality of life.”

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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Azurity Pharmaceuticals to Acquire and Merge with Arbor Pharmaceuticals

Azurity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. | August 24, 2021

Azurity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Arbor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement in which Azurity will be acquiring Arbor from existing investors including JW Asset Management and KKR. Following the completion of the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, Azurity and Arbor will merge, creating a leading company offering innovative, high-value products to meet the unique needs of patients with underserved conditions. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. “I am proud of the business that our team has built over the last ten years and am confident that the combined entity will enhance our success and provide more treatment options for patients.” “Arbor is excited to be joining forces with Azurity to further our goal of bringing innovative products to the market that improve patients’ lives,” commented Ed Schutter, CEO of Arbor. “I am proud of the business that our team has built over the last ten years and am confident that the combined entity will enhance our success and provide more treatment options for patients.” The combined company, operating as Azurity, will have a portfolio of products serving the unmet needs of patients in the cardiovascular, central nervous system, endocrinological, gastrointestinal, and institutional markets. Azurity will build upon each company’s legacy of success through a distinctive portfolio of 10 exclusively promoted, FDA-approved, branded product families, more than 30 total commercialized products, and a robust pipeline of mid and late-stage products under development. Azurity will continue to develop and commercialize its portfolio of products and deliver them at the right time, in the right way, to the right patients, through a spectrum of healthcare professionals. “We are proud to continue our partnership with Azurity,” said Jeff Edwards, Partner at NovaQuest Private Equity, the majority owner of Azurity. “This combination accelerates our shared vision of building the leading patient-centric company that differentiates itself by bringing distinctive, high-value products that meet the unique needs of our patients, through state-of-the-art innovation and commercialization capabilities.” “Today is a tremendous milestone for both Arbor and Azurity, and a strong validation of the products that they provide to patients in need,” said Jason Wild, Chairman of Arbor and Chief Investment Officer of JW Asset Management. “We are proud to have supported Arbor and its management team and are excited for the company’s next phase of growth in partnership with Azurity,” added Ali Satvat, Co-Head of Americas Health Care Private Equity and Global Head of Health Care Strategic Growth at KKR. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Truist Securities, Inc. are financing sources for the transaction for Azurity. Smith Anderson served as legal advisor to Azurity. MTS Health Partners, L.P. served as exclusive sell-side financial advisor and King & Spalding served as legal advisor to Arbor. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP served as legal advisor to KKR. Pending regulatory approvals, the companies anticipate closing the transaction in September. About Azurity Pharmaceuticals: Azurity Pharmaceuticals is a privately-held, specialty pharmaceutical company focusing on the needs of patients requiring customized, user-friendly drug formulations and dosage forms. Azurity’s patient centric products span the cardiovascular, neurology, gastro-intestinal and institutional markets. Azurity’s products have benefited millions of patients for which conventional oral dosage forms are not ideal and whose needs are not served by other commercially available therapies. About Arbor Pharmaceuticals: Arbor Pharmaceuticals, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is a specialty pharmaceutical company marketing FDA-approved prescription products in the neuroscience, cardiovascular, and institutional markets. In addition to an extensive pipeline, the company actively pursues growth through acquisition and licensing of late-stage development products. About NovaQuest Private Equity: NovaQuest Private Equity is a leading investor in technology and services companies in the life sciences and healthcare sectors. NovaQuest was formed in 2000 with the vision of building an investment platform to provide strategic capital and operational leverage in partnership with strong management teams. The investment team consists of highly seasoned operational and investment professionals with significant investment experience and deep life science and healthcare expertise. Furthermore, NovaQuest benefits from an extensive network of industry experts and relationships that assist in identifying, analyzing and growing NovaQuest portfolio companies and investments. About JW Asset Management: JW Asset Management is a New York based fund manager with combined assets under management in excess of $1.5 billion. Jason Wild, the firm’s founder and Chief Investment Officer, is a registered pharmacist and Chairman of Arbor Pharmaceuticals and TerrAscend Corp. JW Asset Management has a history of finding attractive investment opportunities and actively invests in both public and private markets. About KKR: KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management and capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities. KKR sponsors investment funds that invest in private equity, credit and real assets and has strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR’s insurance subsidiaries offer retirement, life and reinsurance products under the management of The Global Atlantic Financial Group. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds and insurance subsidiaries.

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U.S. shipments for the pharmaceutical market accounted for 70 percent of the sector, while medical devices made up 30 percent. Legacy lines are driving equipment change. Manufacturers have outdated equipment that needs replacing now or in the very near future.