Compugen Ltd. ( NASDAQ: CGEN) announced today that the company has received an Issue Notification from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a patent application covering the company's drug candidate CGEN-25009. CGEN-25009 is intended for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a devastating disease with no current effective treatment. This novel peptide agonist of the relaxin receptor was the subject of a recent presentation by Dr. Daniel Kass, from the University of Pittsburgh (“Pitt”), at the 2013 American Thoracic Society Conference. In his presentation, Dr. Kass, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Pitt and Assistant Director for Novel Therapeutics and Translational Research at The Dorothy P. and Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, presented experimental data demonstrating that CGEN-25009 protects mice from bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis. In this model, CGEN-25009 treatment reduced lung fibrosis as determined by collagen deposition in both preventive and therapeutic administration regimens. As previously announced by Compugen, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation provided a grant to scientists at Pitt to independently evaluate the therapeutic potential of CGEN-25009 for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a life-threatening disease affecting an estimated more than five million people worldwide. Dr. Anat Cohen-Dayag, president and CEO of Compugen, stated, “We are very pleased with the CGEN-25009 results presented by Dr. Kass, and we hope that this therapeutic peptide candidate will eventually improve the lives of many patients.” Dr. Cohen-Dayag added, “The new US patent, which will be issued on July 23, 2013 as US Patent No. 8,492,329, as well as previous patents granted or allowed for CGEN-25009 in the European Union and Australia, provide composition of matter protection for this novel molecule. These patents and allowances underscore the company’s strategy to obtain broad protection for its discoveries and represent an important milestone in the development of this attractive product candidate.”
About CompugenCompugen is a leading drug discovery company focused on therapeutic proteins and monoclonal antibodies to address important unmet needs in the fields of immunology and oncology. The Company utilizes a broad and continuously growing integrated infrastructure of proprietary scientific understandings and predictive platforms, algorithms, machine learning systems and other computational biology capabilities for the in silico (by computer) prediction and selection of product candidates, which are then advanced in its Pipeline Program. The Company's business model includes collaborations covering the further development and commercialization of selected product candidates from its Pipeline Program and various forms of research and discovery agreements, in both cases providing Compugen with potential milestone payments and royalties on product sales or other forms of revenue sharing. In 2012, Compugen established operations in California for the development of oncology and immunology monoclonal antibody therapeutic candidates against Compugen drug targets. For additional information, please visit Compugen's corporate website at www.cgen.com.This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, which include statements related to the potential of CGEN-25009 as an attractive development candidate for IPF, include words such as “may,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “potential,” “believes,” and “intends,” and describe opinions about future events. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Compugen to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these risks and other factors are discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of Compugen’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2012 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, any forward-looking statements represent Compugen’s views only as of the date of this release and should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any subsequent date. Compugen does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements unless required by law.