BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:BCRX) today announced that the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA/HHS) has released funding under the current $234.8 million contract to enable completion of a New Drug Application (NDA) filing for intravenous (i.v.) peramivir. BioCryst is seeking an indication for the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza and expects to submit the peramivir NDA by the end of 2013.
On June 28, BioCryst completed a pre-NDA meeting with the FDA regarding peramivir. BioCryst reached agreement with FDA regarding all requirements for a complete NDA submission.
“We thank BARDA/HHS for its continued support of this program. This remaining funding is what we need to get peramivir to the finish line,” said Jon P. Stonehouse, President & Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited about the potential approval of peramivir as an i.v. treatment option that could benefit influenza patients in the United States.”
About PeramivirPeramivir is a potent, intravenously administered investigational anti-viral agent that rapidly delivers high plasma concentrations to the sites of infection. Discovered by BioCryst, peramivir inhibits the interactions of influenza neuraminidase, an enzyme which is critical to the spread of influenza within a host. In laboratory tests, peramivir has shown activity against multiple influenza strains, including H7N9 and pandemic H1N1 swine flu viral strains. Peramivir is being developed under a $234.8 million contract from BARDA/HHS. In January 2010, Shionogi & Co., Ltd. launched intravenous peramivir in Japan under the name RAPIACTA® to treat patients with influenza and in August 2010, Green Cross Corporation announced that it had received marketing and manufacturing authorization for i.v. peramivir in Korea to treat patients with influenza A & B viruses, including H1N1 and avian influenza. For more information about peramivir please visit BioCryst’s Web site at http://www.biocryst.com/peramivir. About BioCryst Pharmaceuticals BioCryst Pharmaceuticals designs, optimizes and develops novel small molecule drugs that block key enzymes involved in infectious and inflammatory diseases, with the goal of addressing unmet medical needs of patients and physicians. BioCryst currently has two late-stage development programs: peramivir, a viral neuraminidase inhibitor for the treatment of influenza, and ulodesine, a purine nucleoside phosphorylase (PNP) inhibitor for the treatment of gout. In addition, BioCryst has several early-stage programs: BCX4161 and a next generation oral inhibitor of plasma kallikrein for hereditary angioedema and BCX4430, a broad spectrum antiviral for hemorrhagic fevers. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.BioCryst.com. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding future results, performance or achievements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause BioCryst’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performances or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and are based on assumptions and subject to risks and uncertainties. Given these uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Some of the factors that could affect the forward-looking statements contained herein include: that the FDA may not provide regulatory approval for any use of peramivir or that the approval may be limited; that BARDA/HHS may further condition, reduce or eliminate future funding of the peramivir program; that BioCryst may never file an NDA for peramivir regulatory approval in any country; that the Company may not be able to access adequate capital to move peramivir forward; that the Company may not be able to retain its current pharmaceutical and biotechnology partners for further development of its product candidates or may not reach favorable agreements with potential pharmaceutical and biotechnology partners for further development of product candidates. Please refer to the documents BioCryst files periodically with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically BioCryst’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and current reports on Form 8-K, all of which identify important factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contained in BioCryst’s projections and forward-looking statements.