New Composition of Matter Patent Allowance Extends Protection for Berotralstat in U.S. Market by Four Years to 2039
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., May 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:BCRX) today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a notice of allowance for patent application 16/671,649. The resulting U.S. patent, once issued, will extend the patent protection for berotralstat (BCX7353) in the United States by four years through October 2039.
The allowed patent application covers crystalline salt forms of berotralstat active pharmaceutical ingredient (API).
“The extension of U.S. patent protection for berotralstat, through 2039, adds significant value to BioCryst. We look forward to the U.S. approval and launch of oral, once-daily berotralstat later this year,” said Jon Stonehouse, chief executive officer of BioCryst.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing a new drug application (NDA) for approval of oral, once-daily berotralstat for the prevention of hereditary angioedema attacks. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) date for the NDA is December 3, 2020.
About BioCryst Pharmaceuticals
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals discovers novel, oral, small-molecule medicines that treat rare diseases in which significant unmet medical needs exist and an enzyme plays a key role in the biological pathway of the disease. BioCryst has several ongoing development programs including berotralstat (BCX7353), an oral treatment for hereditary angioedema, BCX9930, an oral Factor D inhibitor for the treatment of complement-mediated diseases, galidesivir, a potential treatment for COVID-19, Marburg virus disease and Yellow Fever, and BCX9250, an ALK-2 inhibitor for the treatment of fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. RAPIVAB® (peramivir injection), a viral neuraminidase inhibitor for the treatment of influenza, is BioCryst's first approved product and has received regulatory approval in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and the European Union. Post-marketing commitments for RAPIVAB are ongoing. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.BioCryst.com.
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