OxThera AB has been granted three Japanese patents during 2012 and 2013. The patents will secure the pharmaceutical composition and the method for treating and preventing oxalate-related disease with micro-organisms and enzymes and will further strengthen the Company's patent estate for this unmet medical need.
"We are continuously working to further strengthen the world-wide rights for our lead product Oxabact®" for treatment of Primary Hyperoxaluria, an orphan disease," says Elisabeth Lindner , CEO of OxThera. "The Japanese rights are important additions to our already granted patents in the EU and the US. Japan is an important market for hyperoxaluria" Elisabeth Lindner continues.
OxThera holds proprietary rights to pharmaceutical preparations and their use for treatment of hyperoxaluria in seven patent families with approximately eighty applications filed. The new granted Japanese patents have numbers 4996780, 5047190 and 5203217.
Oxabact® is an oral product composed of highly concentrated freeze-dried live bacteria (Oxalobacter formigenes), administered in capsules. The drug is designed for delivery in the lower part of the small intestine, where enteric elimination of endogenous oxalate is initiated. OxThera is currently pursuing a complete Oxabact® clinical development plan in the EU and in the US for the treatment of patients suffering from Primary Hyperoxaluria.