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Newly Granted European Composition of Matter Patent Extends Exclusive Protection for VBL Therapeutics' Lead Drug Candidate VB-111 until October 2033
TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VBL Therapeutics (NASDAQ:VBLT), today announced the issuance by the European Patent Office (EPO) of Patent No. 2908865, a composition of matter patent which covers VB-111, VBL's lead drug candidate. The patent provides intellectual property protection for VB-111 in Europe until October 2033, before any potential extension. The patent further strengthens the VB-111 intellectual property portfolio, which comprises multiple granted patents including composition of matter patents in the US, Japan, China and additional countries.
“VBL is focused on continually innovating and advancing cancer treatments,” said Dror Harats, M.D., CEO of VBL Therapeutics. “This latest patent grant by the EPO further reinforces our commitment to excellent research and innovation as well as to protecting our lead candidate, VB-111, which is currently being investigated in our OVAL Phase 3 trial in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer."
About Ofranergene Obadenovec (VB-111)
VB-111, a potential first-in-class anticancer therapeutic candidate, is the Company’s lead oncology product currently being studied in a Phase 3 trial for ovarian cancer. VB-111 has received orphan drug designation in both the US and Europe, and fast track designation in the US for prolongation of survival in patients with rGBM. In addition, VB-111 successfully demonstrated proof-of-concept and survival benefit in Phase 2 clinical trials in radioiodine-refractory thyroid cancer and recurrent platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. VB-111 has received an Orphan Designation for the treatment of ovarian cancer by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Vascular Biogenics Ltd., operating as VBL Therapeutics, is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class treatments for cancer. The Company’s lead oncology product candidate, ofranergene obadenovec (VB-111), is a first-in-class, targeted anti-cancer gene-therapy agent that is positioned to treat a wide range of solid tumors. It is conveniently administered as an IV infusion once every two months. It has been observed to be well-tolerated in >300 cancer patients and demonstrated efficacy signals in an “all comers” Phase 1 trial as well as in three tumor-specific Phase 2 studies. Ofranergene obadenovec is currently being studied in a Phase 3 trial for platinum-resistant ovarian cancer.
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