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Idera Pharmaceuticals Announces Issuance of US Patent for Novel Immunostimulatory Oligonucleotide Compositions
Friday, August 31, 2007
Cambridge, MA -- Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (AMEX: IDP) today announced the issuance of US patent 7,262,286 (the ‘286 patent) for novel immunostimulatory oligonucleotide compositions. The claims of this patent, entitled "Modulation of Immunostimulatory Activity of Immunostimulatory Oligonucleotide Analogs By Positional Chemical Changes" cover oligonucleotide compounds comprising a synthetic immunostimulatory dinucleotide motif. The claimed dinucleotide motifs contain certain analogs of cytosine together with guanosine or certain analogs of guanosine.
"With the issuance of claims of the ‘286 patent, we have expanded our patent portfolio covering synthetic dinucleotide motifs for use in our Toll-like Receptor (TLR) 9-targeted compounds", said Sudhir Agrawal, D. Phil., Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer.
Presently, the Company has over 200 patents and patent applications world-wide covering agonists and antagonists of TLR7, 8, and 9.
About Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Idera Pharmaceuticals is a drug discovery and development company that is developing drug candidates to treat cancer and infectious, respiratory, and autoimmune diseases, and for use as vaccine adjuvants. Idera’s proprietary drug candidates are designed to modulate specific TLRs, which are a family of immune system receptors. Idera’s DNA chemistry expertise enables it to identify drug candidates for internal development and creates opportunities for multiple collaborative alliances. Idera’s most advanced clinical candidate, IMO-2055, is an agonist of TLR9 and is currently in a Phase 2 trial in oncology and in a Phase 1/2 chemotherapy combination trial in oncology. Idera has filed an Investigational New Drug application on a second TLR9 agonist, IMO-2125, for treatment of hepatitis C virus infection. Idera is collaborating with Novartis International Pharmaceutical, Ltd. for the discovery, development, and commercialization of TLR9 agonists for the treatment of asthma and allergy indications. Idera is also collaborating with Merck & Co., Inc. for the use of Idera’s TLR7, 8 and 9 agonists in combination with Merck’s therapeutic and prophylactic vaccines in the areas of oncology, infectious diseases, and Alzheimer’s disease. For more information, visit www.iderapharma.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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