Fortress Biotech Announces Filing of Provisional Application for Caelum Biosciences’ CAEL-101
Patent application filed by Columbia University for novel antibody licensed to Caelum
NEW YORK, NY – July 17, 2017 – Fortress Biotech, Inc. (NASDAQ: FBIO) (“Fortress”), a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to acquiring, developing and commercializing novel pharmaceutical and biotechnology products, today announced that Columbia University (“Columbia”) has filed a provisional patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) pertaining to CAEL-101, which was licensed from Columbia to Fortress subsidiary Caelum Biosciences (“Caelum”) in January 2017.
The patent application, once converted into a U.S. non-provisional, utility application, will provide composition of matter protection for CAEL-101, effective upon a grant of a U.S. patent. The legal protection offered by a granted U.S. patent will exceed any data exclusivity periods associated with Orphan Drug Designation and/or an original, branded biologic product approved for marketing in the U.S. Caelum also plans to pursue an international (PCT) application, from which national stage patent applications can be submitted in both industrial jurisdictions and developing countries around the world.
A provisional patent application offers a patent applicant an option of filing without including a formal patent claim. In Columbia’s case, however, numerous patent claims have been included in the provisional application, as filed, which are directed to an antibody, which is CAEL-101, pharmaceutical compositions comprising same, methods of treatment, production and detection, as well as vector constructs, polypeptides and polynucleotides. The aim of a provisional patent application is to establish an early effective filing date, in addition to allowing the patent applicant or a licensee to ascribe the phrase “patent pending” to any commercial products, methods, or services contemplated by the subject matter claimed.
About Caelum Biosciences
Caelum Biosciences, Inc. (“Caelum”), a Fortress Biotech (NASDAQ: FBIO) Company, is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing treatments for rare and life-threatening diseases. Caelum’s lead asset, CAEL-101 (11-14F), is a novel antibody in Phase 1b clinical trials for the treatment of patients with amyloid light chain (“AL”) amyloidosis. Interim Phase 1a/1b data presented at the American Society of Hematology’s 58th Annual Meeting in December 2016 support CAEL-101’s potential to be a safe and well-tolerated therapy that promotes amyloid resolution. CAEL-101 has received Orphan Drug Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a therapeutic agent for patients with AL amyloidosis, and as a radio-imaging agent in amyloidosis. For more information, visit www.caelumbio.com.
About Fortress Biotech
Fortress Biotech, Inc. (“Fortress”) is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to acquiring, developing and commercializing novel pharmaceutical and biotechnology products. Fortress develops and commercializes products both within Fortress and through certain subsidiary companies, also known as Fortress Companies. In addition to its internal development programs, Fortress leverages its biopharmaceutical business expertise and drug development capabilities and provides funding and management services to help the Fortress Companies achieve their goals. Fortress and the Fortress Companies may seek licensing arrangements, acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures and/or public and private financings to accelerate and provide additional funding to support their research and development programs. For more information, visit www.fortressbiotech.com.
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