4SC AG has announced that the company has managed to further strengthen its patent portfolio for its lead clinical anti-cancer programme resminostat.
For the epigenetic agent resminostat, an HADC inhibitor targeting in particular HDAC 1, 2, 3 and 6, the US Patent Office has granted the patent for the medical use in cancer indications. The patent relates to the so-called method of treatment claims, and covers medical application of resminostat in mono- and/or combination therapy for cancer indications.
In addition, the Canadian patent authority has granted the composition of matter patent for resminostat. Thus resminostat has now composition of matter protection in all major markets including the US, Europe, Japan, China, South Korea, Russia, India, and now Canada.
The granting of the two patents constitutes an additional protection against potential competitors and thus further strengthens the protection of 4SC’s intellectual property assets, including the composition of matter, mesylate salt and manufacturing patents of resminostat, for which up to date patents have been granted in 58 countries, including the major markets.
Enno Spillner, Chief Executive Officer of 4SC, said: "We are pleased to announce the recent additions to our patent portfolio. The two patents will further strengthen not only the wide strategic position of our resminostat programme but also of 4SC as an important player in the field of epigenetic cancer therapies.”
Enno Spillner continued: “Especially, the resminostat medical application patent shows the broad possibilities of future use of our lead drug candidate. This is in particular evident in the light of the recently announced additional clinical use by our partner Yakult Honsha in pancreatic and biliary tract cancer as well as our own planned European Phase II trial in the indication of CTCL."