Galectin Therapeutics Receives U.S. Patent for Second Drug Class to Treat Chronic Liver Disease With Fibrosis (Scarring) and Cirrhosis
11/26/2012 10:39:33 AM
NORCROSS, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Galectin Therapeutics (NASDAQ: GALT), the leading developer of therapeutics that target galectin proteins to treat fibrosis and cancer, today announced that it has received a notice of allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a divisional patent of Patent Number 8,236,780 “Galactose-prolonged polysaccharides in a formulation for antifibrotic therapies”. The patent covers key methods of derivation and use for the Company’s galactomannan-based carbohydrate galectin inhibitor compounds, for use in patients with chronic liver disease associated with the development of fibrosis, established liver fibrosis or end-stage scarring, or cirrhosis. Fibrotic disease of the liver is highly prevalent in the population because all chronic liver diseases, including viral hepatitis, fatty liver and alcohol abuse, result in fibrosis of the liver for which there are no currently approved pharmaceutical therapies.