ADMA Biologics Strengthens Patent Portfolio Through Newly Issued U.S. Patent for Immunotherapeutic Methods
RAMSEY, N.J. and BOCA RATON, Fla., July 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ADMA Biologics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADMA) is a vertically integrated biopharmaceutical and specialty immunoglobulin company that develops, manufactures and commercializes specialty plasma-based biologics for the proposed treatment of immune deficiencies and prevention of certain infectious diseases, announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued to the Company U.S. Patent No. 9,714,283, which encompasses methods of providing immunotherapy to patients using immune globulin compositions proprietary to ADMA. The term of this newly issued patent extends to January 2035.
The covered methods encompass therapeutic and prophylactic treatments for a broad spectrum of immune compromised and immunodeficient patients via administration of RI-002, ADMA’s proprietary immune globulin composition. RI-002 is manufactured using plasma obtained from donors tested to have elevated, neutralizing antibody titers to Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and ensuring the final product contains elevated neutralizing antibody titers to RSV, as well as elevated antibody titers to other respiratory pathogens, such as influenza virus, coronavirus, parainfluenza virus, and metapneumovirus. The covered methods also encompass treatment of active infections in patients administered the patented immunotherapeutic immune globulin compositions.
“We are pleased by the issuance of this important patent to ADMA Biologics that extends the intellectual property around our lead product candidate, RI-002, a differentiated immunotherapeutic immune globulin product candidate that we believe will benefit the lives of patients suffering from various forms of immunodeficiency,” stated Adam Grossman, President and CEO of ADMA Biologics. “Immune compromised patients suffer significant morbidity and mortality from opportunistic respiratory pathogens, despite being treated with regular infusions of the commercially available immune globulin (IG). It is hoped that the methods and IG compositions encompassed by this newly issued patent will one day provide a new avenue for treating patients at risk for, or who are suffering from, infection by RSV, or other respiratory pathogens, such as influenza, while concurrently meeting or exceeding the high regulatory standards set by the United States Food and Drug Administration for immune globulin products. This newly issued methods patent, combined with our previously issued compositions patent, provides strong intellectual property protection of RI-002, and we continue to pursue additional proprietary rights around this product candidate. We are grateful to our collaborators for their contributions of countless hours of research and dedication in helping us develop this product.”
About ADMA Biologics, Inc. (ADMA)
ADMA Biologics is a vertically integrated biopharmaceutical and specialty immunoglobulin manufacturing company that currently markets and develops specialty plasma-based biologics for the proposed treatment of immune deficiencies and prevention of certain infectious diseases. ADMA's mission is to develop and commercialize plasma-derived, human immune globulins targeted to niche patient populations for the treatment and prevention of certain infectious diseases. The target patient populations include immune-compromised individuals who suffer from an underlying immune deficiency disease, or who may be immune-compromised for medical reasons. ADMA has received U.S. Patents 9,107,906 and 9,714,283 relating to certain aspects of its product candidate. ADMA has recently announced the closing of its acquisition of certain assets from Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation. For more information, please visit www.admabiologics.com.
ADMA's lead product candidate, RI-002, is a specialty plasma-derived, polyclonal, intravenous immune globulin (IGIV) derived from human plasma containing naturally occurring polyclonal antibodies (e.g., Streptococcus pneumoniae, H. influenza type B, cytomegalovirus (CMV), measles, tetanus, etc.) as well as plasma from donors tested to have high levels of neutralizing antibodies to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). ADMA is pursuing an indication for the use of this specialty intravenous immune globulin (IGIV) product for treatment of patients diagnosed with PIDD. Polyclonal antibodies are the primary active component of IGIV products. Polyclonal antibodies are proteins that are used by the body's immune system to neutralize microbes, such as bacteria and viruses. Data review indicates that the polyclonal antibodies present in RI-002 support its ability to prevent infections in immune-compromised patients.
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Released July 31, 2017