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S*BIO's JAK2 Inhibitor SB1518 Granted Orphan Drug Designation by European Commission (EC) for the Treatment of Myelofibrosis (MF)
Date:10/18/2010

s grants potential market exclusivity of up to 10 years in the EU.

MF is a serious progressive and chronic condition, whereby scar tissue develops in the bone marrow, resulting in a reduced ability to produce sufficient blood cells. Consequently, more blood cells are made in other organs, such as the liver and spleen, which are not as efficient at blood cell production as the bone marrow.  MF is characterized by an enlarged spleen and progressive anaemia.  Current therapies for MF are mostly palliative in nature and survival rates can be short.  While the actual cause of the disease is unknown, the JAK2 gene has been implicated in the development of this condition.

About S*BIO Pte LtdS*BIO is a privately-held biotech company focused on the research and clinical development of novel targeted small molecule drugs for the treatment of cancer with leading programs around histone deacetylases (HDAC) and kinases. S*BIO's lead candidate, SB939, entered the clinic in 2007. SB1518, S*BIO's potent and orally-active JAK2 inhibitor, entered the clinic in 2008 and has received orphan drug designation from the U.S. FDA. S*BIO has entered into a development collaboration, and option & license agreement with Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to develop and commercialize SB1518 and its other novel JAK2 inhibitor, SB1578 in North America and Europe. S*BIO's SB1317, a novel multikinase inhibitor, is in preclinical development and under a worldwide exclusive license with Tragara Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for its development and commercialization.

In line with its vision to be a leading fully-integrated oncology-focused biotech company in Asia Pacific, S*BIO has established a state-of-the-art R&D infrastructure, complemented by a strong clinical development team. S*BIO has strong links with a network of medical oncologists in Asia Pacific and its investors include Bio*One Capital a subsidiary of EDBI (EDB Investments), Aravis Ventures, Mitsui Ventures
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