SAN DIEGO, Nov. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cardium Therapeutics (NYSE MKT: CXM) today reported that uniQure's Glybera ® (alipogene tiparvovec) approval by the European Commission, the first gene therapy approval by a major health regulatory authority, represents a significant milestone and validation for the gene therapy industry. Glybera ® is a treatment for patients diagnosed with an inherited metabolic disease called familial lipoprotein lipase deficiency (LPLD or familial hyperchylomicronemia), who suffer from severe or multiple pancreatitis attacks despite dietary fat restrictions . The European Commission's marketing authorization of Glybera covers all 27 European member states and uniQure plans to apply for regulatory approval in the U.S., Canada and other countries.
"The EU approval of Glybera represents a major milestone for the global gene therapy industry," stated Christopher J. Reinhard, Chairman and CEO of Cardium. "This is an important step forward for our field and the millions of patients expected to benefit from new and innovative gene-based therapeutics. Gene therapy offers the opportunity to simplify treatments for serious medical problems and to develop new products for which there are no current medical treatments."