Albuferon is a novel long-acting form of interferon alpha created by HGS using its proprietary albumin fusion technology. Albuferon results from the genetic fusion of human albumin and interferon alpha. Human albumin is the most prevalent naturally occurring blood protein in the human circulatory system, persisting in circulation in the body for more than 20 days. Research shows that genetic fusion of therapeutic proteins to human albumin decreases clearance and prolongs the half-life of the proteins. Recombinant interferon alpha is approved for the treatment of hepatitis C, hepatitis B and a number of cancers.
About Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is an inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus. An estimated 170 million people worldwide are infected with the virus, including nearly 4 million people in the United States. When detectable levels of the hepatitis C virus persist in the blood for at least six months, a person is diagnosed as having chronic hepatitis C. The hepatitis C virus can cause serious liver disease in a significant proportion of people who are infected, leading to cirrhosis, primary liver cancer and even death.
About Human Genome Sciences
The mission of HGS is to apply great science and great medicine to bring innovative drugs to patients with unmet medical needs.
The HGS clinical development pipeline includes novel drugs to treat
hepatitis C, lupus, anthrax disease, cancer and other immune-mediated
diseases. The Company's primary focus is rapid progress toward the
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