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New High Purity Immunoglobulin Enters Phase III in Europe and the US
Date:2/16/2010

LACHEN, Switzerland, February 16 /PRNewswire/ --

- Octapharma to Set New Standards in IVIG Development, Focused on Improving Outcomes For Patients and Physicians

Octapharma AG today announced the start of the first of a series of Phase III studies for its new 10% high purity intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG). The study will investigate the efficacy and safety of this novel immunoglobulin in the treatment of primary immune deficiency and, together with results from additional upcoming studies, will support its regulatory filing in Europe and the US.

Commenting on the start of the study, Kim Björnstrup, Deputy Chairman of Octapharma Group said, "The development of our novel 10% IVIG is part of our ongoing commitment to invest in the development of protein based immunotherapies and in particular in IgG preparations. For 25 years, our cutting-edge research programme has sought to develop new biological entities tailored specifically around the needs of clinicians and patients - delivering improved quality of life for patients and ease of delivery and management for hospitals."

"Octapharma's stated aim is not to develop just another IVIG brand but to invest extensive time and preclinical resources to ensure that the new IVIG will offer outstanding features, representing tangible added value for the patient and care giver, such as exceptional tolerability," added Kim Björnstrup.

The development of this pioneering high purity IVIG builds upon Octapharma's experience in the area of immunoglobulin products. octagam(R), Octapharma's current leading IVIG (an immune globulin human solution for intravenous administration) is registered in about 60 countries, including the EU and the US.

"Octapharma's new 10% IVIG will be a step fo
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