Anthera Announces $3 Million Research Award from Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics for Development of Sollpura – a Novel Enzyme Therapy
HAYWARD, Calif., March 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANTH) today announced it has received an award from Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Inc. of up to $3 million to support the manufacturing and clinical development of Anthera’s novel pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy, Sollpura™ (liprotamase). Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics is a non-profit affiliate of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Liprotamase is an investigational soluble, stable and non-porcine enzyme therapy intended for people with low digestive enzyme levels, or Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) due to Cystic Fibrosis and other diseases. EPI is characterized by low absorption of fat and other nutrients due to a reduction in digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, about 90 percent of people with cystic fibrosis have pancreatic insufficiency and need to take pancreatic enzymes with every meal and most snacks in order to absorb vital nutrients.
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