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SARcode Bioscience Announces Acquisition by Shire US Holdings Inc.
Date:3/25/2013

track record of SARcode, we believe the near-term milestones are attainable, and would result in an excellent venture-level multiple for all investors," he added.   Institutional investors in SARcode Bioscience include Alta Partners, Clarus Venture Partners, Rho Ventures and Sofinnova Ventures.

The ongoing lifitegrast clinical development program includes two pivotal Phase 3 studies, called OPUS-1 and OPUS-2.  The 700-patient OPUS-2 study, which commenced earlier this year, will aim to build on the positive sign and symptom data resulting from OPUS-1. The results from these two studies, along with data from an ongoing year-long safety study called SONATA, will support a planned New Drug Application.

About Lifitegrast

Lifitegrast is an investigational novel small-molecule integrin antagonist that was "purpose-built" to meet several specifications that would make it an ideal dry eye therapy candidate.  It was chosen from over one thousand synthesized molecules for its ability to specifically and potently block the lymphocyte function-associated antigen-1/intercellular adhesion molecule (LFA-1/ICAM-1) interaction, a validated target in the chronic dry eye inflammatory cycle central to T-cell activation, proliferation, migration, and inflammatory cytokine release at sites of ocular surface stress.   Lifitegrast was engineered to provide good penetration into target periocular tissues, but low absorption into the systemic circulation, allowing for local delivery while minimizing adverse side effects. The molecule is also highly soluble in water, permitting easy formulation into an ophthalmic solution. Lifitegrast ophthalmic solution is unpreserved and is administered in a single-use unit-dose vial.

Lifitegrast has been studied in over 900 subjects to date and has demonstrated statistical significance in several signs and symptoms of dry eye disease in some studies .  Dose-dependent improvements were observ
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