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Dompe announces the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation to its rhNGF-based treatment for neurotrophic keratitis
Date:7/23/2014

secondary objectives include the evaluation of corneal lesion healing, improvement in visual acuity, and the sensitivity of the cornea.

"We are particularly proud of this new FDA designation, which represents an important recognition of our Research & Development efforts in the field of ophthalmology on a global scale, particularly in North America," - explains Eugenio Aringhieri, CEO of the Dompe Group. "It is another confirmation of the constant dialogue with the international regulatory agencies in order to bring health issues that still need to be resolved to the forefront as well as possible therapeutic solutions for diseases that are currently without a cure. This is the direction that the efforts of our Group is taking, focused on the identification of innovative drugs to protect patients around the world."

rhNGF is the result of a specific research project at the Dompe Center for Research & Development of l'Aquila and is produced using recombinant DNA technology, or by transferring human genetic material into bacterial DNA, enabling the bacteria to produce NGF that is entirely identical to that naturally produced by the human body.

About rhNGF

rhNGF, the Recombinant Human Nerve Growth Factor developed by Dompe, is identical to the protein that is naturally produced by the body and promotes the development and survival of nerve cells, including those of the retina. NGF (Nerve Growth Factor) was discovered by Rita Levi Montalcini, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1986.  The protein stimulates the growth, maintenance, and survival of nerve cells, in addition to the cells of the cornea and the retina. The cornea in particular has a particularly dense innervation, approximately 400 times denser than that of the skin. Treatment with rhNGF-based ophthalmic solution aims to restore the innervation of the corneal area that has been compromised by the dise
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