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Halozyme Therapeutics Presents Findings on Combinations of rHuPH20 Enzyme With Bisphosphonates at the American Association for Cancer Research Conference
Date:4/16/2008

President and Chief Scientific Officer. "We reasoned that if rHuPH20 hyaluronidase could rapidly disperse, dilute and systemically absorb bisphosphonates, it could prevent local irritation and facilitate conversion from intravenous infusion to a more convenient subcutaneous route of administration. These pre-clinical findings support this program's objective of developing what would be the only SC bisphosphonate on the market, in the event of continued success." The Company plans to bring its SC bisphosphonate program into the clinic in the third quarter of this year.

Bisphosphonates are a class of molecules that bind to mineralized bone matrix and inhibit bone resorption. Currently, there are oral and intravenous bisphosphonates. Oral Bisphosphonates often cause gastrointestinal side effects and require a cumbersome dosing regimen. The gastrointestinal side effects of oral bisphosphonates is a significant cause of patient non-compliance to prescribed therapy. Certain bisphosphonates are indicated for the treatment of osteoporosis and skeletal metastases, but can only be administered today by intravenous infusion. As such, patients often have to travel to an infusion center or see a specialist to receive their intravenous bisphosphonate infusion. Subcutaneous injections of bisphosphonates are not considered feasible due to injection site toxicity in the skin and/or impractical injection volumes.

The recombinant protein, rHuPH20, is a human hyaluronidase enzyme that increases the dispersion and systemic absorption of locally injected drugs by temporarily degrading hyaluronan under the skin.

About Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc.

Halozyme is a biopharmaceutical company developing and commercializing products targeting the extracellular matrix for the drug delivery, oncology and dermatology markets. The company's portfolio of products and product candidates is based on intellectual property covering the family of human enzymes known as hyaluroni
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