BOSTON, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the Company's lead product, amadacycline, formerly PTK 0796, a first-in-class aminomethylcycline, will be the subject of a Late Breaker poster presentation at the 48th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC). ICAAC will be held in Washington, D.C. from October 25 - October 28, 2008.
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About Paratek Pharmaceuticals
Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is engaged in the discovery and commercialization of new therapeutics that treat serious and life-threatening diseases, with a particular focus on the growing worldwide problem of antibiotic resistance. Paratek is advancing novel compounds that can circumvent or block bacterial resistance. Paratek's lead compound, amadacycline, formerly PTK 0796, is a broad-spectrum antibiotic derived from the tetracycline class with oral and IV formulations that is being developed for the treatment of the most common and serious hospital bacterial infections, including those caused by resistant strains such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and MDRSP (multi-drug resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae). Oral and IV formulations of amadacycline were compared to Zyvox (R) in a recently completed Phase 2 clinical study in complicated skin and skin structure infections (cSSSI). In addition to amadacycline, Paratek is also developing other broad- and narrow-spectrum tetracycline antibiotics to treat hospital and community infections based on its novel tetracycline chemistry expertise.
Outside of its tetracycline antibacterial program, Paratek has also identified small molecules that inhibit bacteria-specific transcription factors for Multiple Adaptational Response (MAR) genes which control bacterial virulence and resistance development.
Based upon a growing body of clinical research and as part of its effort to exploit its novel tetracycline derivatives and their unique mechanism of action in selected inflammatory and neurodegenerative conditions, Paratek has an active chemical synthesis effort to produce novel and diverse small molecules, with the goal of developing nonantibacterial compounds with improved activity in serious inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases. In addition, Paratek is encouraged by early evidence of the ability of tetracycline derivatives to affect mRNA splicing, as in SMA, which may also have activity in related orphan genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis (CF) and Duchene Muscular Dystrophy.
Paratek has active collaborations with Merck & Co., MerckSerono, Warner-Chilcott and FSMA to develop tetracycline-derived small molecule drugs for broad-spectrum use in treating community-acquired bacterial infections, multiple sclerosis (MS), acne & rosacea, and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), respectively. Paratek is privately held and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. For more information about Paratek and its research and development initiatives, visit Paratek's website at http://www.paratekpharm.com.
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