/By Jewish Business News Correspondent /
Kamada Ltd. (Nasdaq and TASE: KMDA) today announced that the Company was granted two key patents related to its novel Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) product to treat respiratory diseases. Kamada was granted Russian Patent No. 2472524, entitled “Alpha-1 Antitrypsin for treating exacerbation episodes of pulmonary diseases, ” and an additional Australian Patent No. 2007213344 (co-owned with PARI PHARMA GMBH), entitled “Pulmonary delivery of Alpha-1 proteinase inhibitor.”
These new patents build Kamada’s strong intellectual property portfolio for AAT products to treat a variety of pulmonary diseases using inhaled AAT. The Australian patent underscores the novelty of the unique combination of inhaled AAT with the eFlow inhalation device. The newly-issued Russian patent is related to the use of Kamada’s inhaled AAT for the treatment of exacerbation events in different respiratory diseases. These two patents joins a family of patents that were already issued in different countries worldwide, including the U.S. and the European Union, as well as to currently pending patents which are expected to be issued.
“The inhaled AAT is currently in a late-stage clinical trial in Europe and Canada for the treatment of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin deficiency (AATD), a genetic disease that can cause serious, life threatening lung disease in adults, ” said David Tsur, the Chief Executive Officer of Kamada. “Securing global protection for our novel technologies and its various methods of use is critically important as we develop highly-purified AAT to address major unmet needs in various pulmonary diseases and advance toward commercial development.”
Kamada Ltd. is focused on plasma-derived protein therapeutics for orphan indications, and has a commercial product portfolio and a robust late-stage product pipeline. The company uses its proprietary platform technology and know-how for the extraction and purification of proteins from human plasma to produce Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) in a highly-purified, liquid form, as well as other plasma-derived proteins.
AAT has known and newly-discovered therapeutic roles given its immuno-modulatory, anti-inflammatory, tissue-protective and antimicrobial properties. The Company’s flagship product is Glassia®, the first and only liquid, ready-to-use, intravenous plasma-derived AAT product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Kamada markets Glassia in the U.S. through a strategic partnership with Baxter International.
Kamada has nine other injectable pharmaceutical products that are marketed through distributors in more than 15 countries, including Israel, Russia, Brazil and other countries in Latin America, India, Eastern Europe and Asia.