InDex Pharmaceuticals Will Be Granted U.S. Patent for Kappaproct to Treat Ulcerative Colitis

InDex Pharmaceuticals Will Be Granted U.S. Patent for Kappaproct to Treat Ulcerative Colitis
InDex Pharmaceuticals will be granted a U.S. patent covering the use of certain dosage regimens of its investigational drug Kappaproct (cobitolimod) for the treatment of moderate-to-severe active ulcerative colitis (UC) in patients not responding to available therapies. The United States Patent and Trademark Office will issue the patent called “Method for prevention of colestomy” (number 9492516) on Nov. 15, granting InDex with exclusivity until November 2032, with up to 5 years extension following Kappaproct’s market approval. “This patent further strengthens and extends our intellectual property position for cobitolimod in the U.S., which is the most important pharmaceutical market in the world,” Peter Zerhouni, CEO of InDex Pharmaceuticals, said in a press release. “We are pleased that the USPTO confirms that cobitolimod is a unique and innovative asset for the treatment of refractory ulcerative colitis,” he said. In addition to the U.S., InDex also has filed patent applications for Kappaproct in Canada, Europe and Japan. Cobitolimod is a first-in-class toll-like receptor 9 agonist that mimics microbial DNA through immunomodulation. The drug, in late-stage clinical development, provides local anti-inflammatory relief by healing the colonic mucosa. In COLLECT (NCT01493960), a placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized Phase 3 study,
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