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TheraQuest Unveils New Pain Management Product Pipeline
Date:6/22/2010

ique pharmacology also distinguishes it from oxycodone, oxymorphone, morphine and hydromorphone. Among its advantages are: (i) reduced reinforcing properties and risk of physical dependence; (ii)) reduced drug liking by recreational drug users; and (iii) reduced risk of respiratory depression in overdose.

TQ-1028 will compete in the same opioid pain market segment as OxyContin, Opana ER, Embeda and Exalgo (2009 U.S. opioid sales $8.5 billion), with the advantage of C-III prescribing status and reduced risk of drug abuse. Given a choice, clinicians are more likely to use C-III pain relievers over C-II pain relievers, particularly for moderate to moderately severe pain. Additionally, TQ-1028 will compete with sublingual buprenorphine (Suboxone®/Subutex®) and methadone for the treatment of opioid dependence (2009 sales for sublingual buprenorphine were $970 million).

About TheraQuest Biosciences, Inc.

TheraQuest (http://www.theraquestinc.com) is a clinical-stage pain management company building a diversified portfolio of pain products. The TheraQuest team has contributed to the development of numerous analgesics approved in the U.S. over the past 20 years. TheraQuest's strategy is to leverage its pain expertise to identify, develop to an early stage and outlicense product candidates with strong market potential that have lower development costs and reduced regulatory risk compared to new chemical entities. TheraQuest is funded in part by BioAdvance, the Biotechnology Greenhouse of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Ben Franklin Technology Partners
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