OXiGENE and Azanta Danmark A/S have established a partnership agreement to provide access to ZYBRESTAT for the treatment of patients in Europe and Canada with anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) on a compassionate use basis.
Online PR News – 23-April-2012 – Hellerup – SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., and HELLERUP, Denmark -- December 12, 2011 -- OXiGENE, Inc. (Nasdaq:OXGN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics to treat cancer and eye diseases, and Azanta Danmark A/S, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on oncology, women’s health and addiction medicine, have established a partnership agreement to provide access to ZYBRESTAT for the treatment of patients in Europe and Canada with anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) on a compassionate use basis. OXiGENE’s newly-formed Named Patient Program (NPP), to be managed by Azanta, provides a regulatory mechanism to allow healthcare professionals in Europe and Canada to prescribe ZYBRESTAT to individual ATC patients while it is still in development.
Under the terms of the agreement, OXiGENE will provide ZYBRESTAT to Azanta. Azanta will serve as exclusive distributor for ZYBRESTAT in the specified territory for this purpose and will provide ZYBRESTAT to physicians solely to treat ATC on a compassionate use basis in the territory covered by the agreement until such time as ZYBRESTAT may obtain marketing approval in that territory. The territory includes the European Union, including the Nordic countries and Switzerland, and Canada, and the agreement may also be expanded to include other countries on a country-by-country basis. OXiGENE and Azanta, will cooperate on regulatory activities relating to ZYBRESTAT for the treatment of ATC within the territory. There will be no transfer of ownership of intellectual property rights for ZYBRESTAT to Azanta under the terms of the agreement.
Commented Peter J. Langecker, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of OXiGENE: "This agreement represents a critical milestone in the ongoing development of ZYBRESTAT, reflecting OXiGENE’s commitment to facilitate access to this potentially valuable therapy by ATC patients who have no other treatment options. We are delighted to work in partnership with Azanta, a privately held European specialty pharmaceutical company with specialized technical and regulatory expertise in implementing compassionate use programs. While Azanta focuses on our Named Patient Program, we will continue to pursue a global regulatory strategy for ZYBRESTAT in ATC”
Commented Claus Moeller, Chief Executive Officer of Azanta: "Partnering with OXiGENE to distribute ZYBRESTAT to European and Canadian ATC patients under appropriate regulatory auspices reflects our strategy to build industry leadership by making innovative developmental therapies available to patients in international markets. We are pleased to make our distribution and regulatory expertise available to help advance this promising therapeutic option, and we look forward to a productive collaboration.”
Azanta A/S is a specialty pharma company primarily operating within oncology, women's health and addiction medicine. The vision of Azanta A/S is to become an international market leader within specialty pharma products and innovative pharmaceutical concepts. Azanta A/S currently markets or makes available nine specialty pharma products in the Nordic region and in the U.K., including Nimoral, a hypoxic radiosensitizer for the treatment of head and neck cancer patients undergoing primary radiotherapy.
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