SAINT-GENIS-POUILLY, France, Nov. 02, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A. (NASDAQ:AAAP) (“AAA” or “the Company”), an international specialist in molecular nuclear medicine, announced today that the company has been granted marketing authorization in Switzerland for two Positron Emission Tomography (PET) products, DOPAVIEW and AAACholine.
DOPAVIEW is AAA’s brand name for 6-fluoro-(18F)-L-DOPA, a DOPA analogue. DOPA is an aromatic amino acid that accumulates rapidly in target tissues of the human brain and is transformed into dopamine, a neurotransmitter. In neurology, PET imaging with DOPAVIEW is indicated for diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and differentiation between essential tremor and parkinsonian syndromes. In oncology, PET imaging with DOPAVIEW enables diagnosis, localization and characterization of various tumor types, such as neuroendocrine tumors, gliomas, and thyroid cancer.
DOPAVIEW will benefit from a 10-year marketing exclusivity, since AAA is the first company to obtain marketing authorization for this product in Switzerland.
AAACholine is AAA’s brand name for 18F-choline. 18F-choline is indicated for PET imaging in prostate cancer patients, including localization of lesions, characterization of the tumor in case of biochemical relapse and evaluation of the response and follow-up of patients with loco/regional and/or metastatic recurrence.
“We continue to expand the market for our broad portfolio of branded PET products,” said Stefano Buono, Chief Executive Officer of AAA. “We pride ourselves on bringing innovation to the nuclear medicine industry and are increasing our penetration of PET products across multiple disease areas.”
About Advanced Accelerator Applications
Advanced Accelerator Applications (AAA) is an innovative radiopharmaceutical company that develops, produces and commercializes Molecular Nuclear Medicine (MNM) products. AAA’s lead therapeutic product candidate, Lutathera®, is a novel MNM compound that AAA is currently developing for the treatment of Neuro Endocrine Tumors, a significant unmet medical need. Founded in 2002, AAA has its headquarters in Saint-Genis-Pouilly, France. AAA currently has 22 production and R&D facilities able to manufacture both diagnostics and therapeutic MNM products, and has over 470 employees in 13 countries (France, Italy, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Portugal, The Netherlands, Belgium, Israel, U.S. and Canada). AAA reported sales of €88.6 million in 2015 (+26.8% vs. 2014) and sales of €54.6 million for 1H 2016 (+26.9% vs. 1H15). AAA is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker “AAAP”. For more information, please visit: www.adacap.com.
About Molecular Nuclear Medicine (“MNM”)
Molecular Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty using trace amounts of active substances, called radiopharmaceuticals, to create images of organs and lesions and to treat various diseases, such as cancer. The technique works by injecting targeted radiopharmaceuticals into the patient’s body that accumulate in the organs or lesions and reveal specific biochemical processes. Molecular Nuclear Diagnostics employs a variety of imaging devices and radiopharmaceuticals. PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and SPECT (Single Photon Emission Tomography) are highly sensitive imaging technologies that enable physicians to diagnose different types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders and other diseases in their early stages.
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