Company News: InDex Pharmaceuticals Granted Japanese Patent for Novel Treatment of Steroid-Resistant Inflammation

InDex Pharmaceuticals today announced that it has been granted a Japanese patent by the Japan Patent Office (JPO). The patent provides protection for the use of Kappaproct® and other DNA-based immunomodulatory sequences (DIMS) for the treatment of steroid-resistant inflammatory diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, asthma, emphysema, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The patent, entitled “Immunostimulatory Method” covers the use of a broad range of oligonucleotides for the treatment of steroid resistance in patients afflicted with inflammatory conditions. It provides an exclusivity period until at least 2026, with the possibility of up to 5 years of patent term extension after market approval. InDex Pharmaceuticals already holds patent protection for Kappaproct for the treatment of steroid-resistant inflammatory diseases in both Europe and the US.

InDex Pharmaceuticals develops DIMS compounds – synthetic oligonucleotides that function as immunomodulatory agents by targeting the Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9). The company’s most advanced DIMS product candidate, Kappaproct, is currently in a phase III study in Europe for the treatment of chronic, active, treatment-refractory ulcerative colitis.