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Bharat Biotech secures patent for Lysostaphin

BS Reporter  |  Chennai/ Hyderabad 

Hyderabad-based vaccines and biotherapeutics manufacturer Bharat Biotech International said on Wednesday that its anti-staphylococcal molecule Lysostaphin had secured patent rights in US, Europe, China, Australia and other nations.

Lysostaphin is a potent anti-staphylococcal therapeutic with a targeted specificity against staphylococcus aureus, which causes a range of diseases including wound infections, systemic and life-threatening conditions (endocarditis), osteomyelitis, pneumonia, brain abscesses, meningitis and bacteremia, food poisoning, scalded skin syndrome and toxic shock syndrome.

Krishna Ella, chairman and managing director, said the patent rights for lysostaphin was a significant milestone in the company’s new therapeutic product development programme and would pave the way to develop products for regulated markets in addition to India. A pre-investigational new drug (IND) application meeting of the pre-clinical data has already been held with US FDA, he said.

Lysostaphin is bactericidal and is indifferent to antibiotic resistance. This is the first biotech product molecule patent by an Indian company.

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First Published: Fri, October 02 2009. 00:22 IST