Biotech drugmaker Prolor Biotech is conducting key clinical trials of a long-acting growth hormone. The company should start a late-stage clinical trial of the drug and report results from one mid-stage and one-late stage trial before the end of 2013.
Prolor develops longer-lasting versions of approved products. The company says its carboxyl terminal peptide technology can make drugs last longer in a patient’s bloodstream. It says its human growth hormone could be injected once a week or twice a month instead of daily, making the product more convenient for patients. Prolor said the product could be used as a long-term treatment for growth failure.
The human growth hormone drug is Prolor’s most advanced product. The Israeli company is also studying treatments for conditions including hemophilia atherosclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Prolor collaborated with Merck & Co. on a long-acting version of follicle-stimulating hormone, an injectable hormone that is used to increase the chances of pregnancy. The European Union approved the product in 2010, and Merck markets it under the name Elonva. The approval shows Prolor’s technology can be effective.
Date: August 29, 2012
Source: Associated Press
Filed Under: Drug Discovery