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ESBATech's Antibody Fragment Enters Phase I/IIa Clinical Development in Osteoarthritis with the Potential for Disease-Modifying Activity
Date:1/9/2009

e and recent data show the OA market to be growing by three percent annually. At this rate the U.S. patient population will grow to 60 million by 2020.

About ESBATech's antibody fragment platform technology

ESBATech is the first and only company to date that has successfully screened and characterized the entire human pool (1.5 million) of naturally occurring variable immunoglobulin (VH and VL) domains to select highly stable, soluble and monomeric single-chain antibody fragment frameworks. ESBATech's unique, scientific approach to stabilize monomeric, single-chain antibody fragments (scFvs) using its proprietary fully-human antibody fragment frameworks has elucidated the drug-like properties of these proprietary scFvs. The company is advancing a pipeline of novel antibody fragment therapeutics for topical and/or local delivery, to ensure safe and convenient patient therapy.

About ESBATech AG

ESBATech AG is a Zurich, Switzerland-based, privately held drug discovery and development company focused on advancing antibody fragments for therapeutic applications. The Company applies its proprietary, fully human single-chain antibody frameworks to generate product candidates against targets of clinical relevance. ESBATech is focused on delivering high concentrations of its therapeutic antibody fragments to the targeted sites, in combination with extremely low systemic load, in order to achieve low risk of systemic drug reactions using topical and local delivery. The Company focuses on three franchises: ophthalmology, rheumatology and respiratory. In ophthalmology, the Company has successfully completed clinical Phase I development of ESBA105 administered topically via eye drops for inflammatory eye diseases.

Current venture investors include SV Life Sciences, Clarus Ventures, HBM BioVentures, HBM BioCapital, Novartis Venture Fund, BioMedinvest and VI Partners. For more information about ESBAT
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