Medgenics, Inc. (NYSE Amex: MDGN and AIM: MEDU, MEDG) (the “Company”), the developer of Biopump?, a novel technology for the sustained production and delivery of therapeutic proteins in patients using their own tissue, today announced the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a Notice of Allowance of claims that expand the Company’s scope of patent coverage for additional therapeutic proteins.
The claims in the patent are directed to a dermal Biopump expressing at least one recombinant gene product from any of the following: growth hormone, interferon beta, insulin, PDGF-BB, interleukin-1 receptor agonist (IL-1Ra), peptide YY3-36, interleukin-10 (IL-10) and G-CSF. These claims, combined with the prior grant of patents for genetically modified dermal micro-organ expression of erythropoietin and interferon alpha, broaden Medgenics’ scope of intellectual property in the field of genetically modified dermal micro-organs.
Upon the issuance of this patent, Medgenics’ global patent portfolio will include 45 patents granted, with 79 patent applications pending.
Medgenics believes its approach to protein therapy will have multiple benefits compared with current treatments, which include regular and costly injections of therapeutic proteins. Medgenics’ technologies target a range of clinical indications within the global protein therapy market, which is forecast to reach $143 billion in 2015.
“With this allowance we have further broadened the universe of therapeutic proteins that can be delivered through our Biopump platform technology. We continue to build the value of our intellectual property worldwide with the knowledge that new therapeutic areas will be covered by our patent portfolio,” stated Andrew L. Pearlman, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Medgenics.
Medgenics is developing and commercializing Biopump?, a proprietary tissue-based platform technology for the sustained production and delivery of therapeutic proteins using the patient’s own tissue for the treatment of a range of chronic diseases including anemia, hepatitis and hemophilia, among others.
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