Novel cardioprotective agent to move forward in Phase III development
NEW YORK, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- PeriCor Therapeutics announced today that its licensing agreement for acadesine with Schering-Plough Corporation has become effective. The agreement grants Schering-Plough exclusive worldwide rights for the development and commercialization of PeriCor's lead compound, acadesine. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Acadesine is currently under evaluation in Phase III clinical development as an intravenous infusion for the prevention of adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular outcomes that occur as complications associated with ischemia-reperfusion injury in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Acadesine has been studied in placebo-controlled trials that enrolled more than 4,000 patients. Schering-Plough will conduct an additional randomized, placebo-controlled Phase III trial needed for regulatory approval. An agent, such as acadesine, that can be shown to reduce the surgical complications of stroke, heart failure and death that can accompany CABG would not only make an important contribution to patients' well-being, but would also be anticipated to reduce health care costs dramatically.
"Schering-Plough possesses the vital organizational and financial resources to complete the clinical and regulatory processes required to make this life-saving medicine available to cardiac surgeons and anesthesiologists around the world," said Richard R. Stover, President and Chief Executive Officer of PeriCor Therapeutics. Commenting further, Mr. Stover said, "We are especially impressed with the caliber of Schering-Plough's cardiovascular group in clinical development, medical, and marketing activities and their unparalleled record of innovation in this therapeutic area."
Previous clinical experience with acadesine in placebo-controlled
studies in CABG surgery suggests that acadesine may have unique
|SOURCE PeriCor Therapeutics, Inc.|
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