PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwire - December 05, 2011) - The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) today announced a non-controlling equity investment in GeNO, LLC (GeNO), an advanced, development-stage technology company that has created unique nitric oxide (NO) generation and delivery technology. In addition to the equity stake, this investment provides MDCO an exclusive option to license GeNO technologies in the acute and intensive care hospital setting in certain geographies.
Glenn Sblendorio, Executive Vice President at The Medicines Company, stated, "Supporting GeNO fits well with MDCO's strategic focus on acute and intensive care hospital medicine. Nitric oxide therapy has proven value for patients and providers. This equity investment affords MDCO the potential to provide unique NO therapy solutions to healthcare providers in the near future."
NO therapy is approved for the treatment of term and near-term neonates with hypoxic respiratory failure associated with pulmonary hypertension and its use avoids more invasive and costly therapies for these infants. At present, GeNO's delivery technologies are investigational and are not approved by regulatory authorities.
About The Medicines Company
The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) provides medical solutions to improve health outcomes for patients in acute and intensive care hospitals worldwide. These solutions comprise medicines and knowledge that directly impact the survival and well-being of critically ill patients.
About GeNO, LLC
GeNO is focused on technology to deliver inhaled nitric oxide to patients in a wide variety of settings, including in-hospital, ambulatory and in-home use for potential chronic treatment. The product is currently in two Phase 2 trials: one, as a Pilot Study in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH), and a second dose-escalation trial for the Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension in patients with PAH and Pulmonary Hypertension secondary to Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (PH-IPF). GeNO was founded in 2006 and is privately held.
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