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Sequella Receives SBIR Funding Grant from the NIH for Further Development of Tuberculosis Drug SQ609
Date:2/17/2009

o-infected population, nearly 3 million people die of TB each year. The current therapeutic regimen for TB recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) requires the administration of four drugs for six months, which has a dismal compliance rate (30-60%) as a result of significant side effects and the inconvenience of daily therapy for such a long period of time. Decades of misuse of the existing antibiotics and poor compliance created an epidemic of drug resistance that now threatens TB control programs worldwide. In early 2006, clinicians began reporting the isolation of extensively drug resistant strains of TB (XDR-TB), resistant to the two most important front-line TB drugs, rifampicin and isoniazid, and to at least two classes of second-line drugs. New more potent drugs are desperately needed to shorten the TB therapeutic regimen, treat drug-resistant infection, and to stem the rising tide of TB deaths.

About Sequella

Sequella is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on commercializing improved treatments for diseases of epidemic potential. The company leverages its global influence, R&D platforms and infectious disease expertise to proactively address emerging health threats. Through focused execution, clear commercialization pathways, and strategic partnerships, Sequella intends to commercialize a broad product portfolio designed to treat global health threats with significant market opportunity.

About the NIH and NIAID

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) -- The Nation's Medical Research Agency -- includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, v
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