RXi Pharmas Gene Therapy Gets Patent Boost
News Apr 20, 2016
This patent includes the Company's lead clinical candidate, RXI-109, which is currently being evaluated in multiple clinical trials to reduce scar formation in the skin and eye. The patent, once issued, will not expire until 2031.
"We are pleased to have be granted this Notice of Allowance from the USPTO," said Dr. Geert Cauwenbergh, President and CEO of RXi Pharmaceuticals. He added that, "This patent protection for our novel self-delivering RNAi technology further strengthens our position to generate business and commercial development opportunities in the areas of dermal and ocular scarring as well as other fibrotic indications, such as liver fibrosis".
Back in 2009, researchers identified a herd of Awassi sheep suffering from "day blindness". As that term implies, these sheep were blind during the day (in bright light) but could see at night, in low-light conditions. After identifying the genetic basis of this blindness, researchers have now successfully used gene therapy to restore their daytime vision.READ MORE