ThromboGenics' Founder Prof Desire Collen Receives Scrip Lifetime Achievement
LEUVEN, Belgium, November 22, 2013
LEUVEN, Belgium, November 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
ThromboGenics NV (Euronext Brussels: THR), an integrated biopharmaceutical
company focused on developing and commercializing innovative ophthalmic
medicines, announces that its Founder and Chairman Prof Desire Collen has
received the Scrip Lifetime Achievement award. He was presented with this
prestigious industry award at the Scrip Awards 2013 event held in London last
The Scrip Awards, now in their ninth year, are one of the most prestigious
awards recognizing excellence in the global biopharmaceutical and clinical
research industries. The Scrip Lifetime Achievement Award is reserved for an
individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the
Prof Collen, commenting on his award, said: "I am extremely honoured to have
won this award. To receive this level of recognition from the industry that I
have dedicated most of my life to is extremely gratifying. I am very pleased
that my efforts have led to two drugs that provide important patient benefits
reaching the market and the creation of a number of promising biotech
companies that I hope will be successful in bringing even more novel therapies
to treat areas of high unmet medical need."
Prof Collen played a key role in the development of both tissue plasminogen
activator (tPA) for acute myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke, and
JETREA ^® (ocriplasmin) for the treatment of symptomatic vitreomacular
adhesion/ vitreomacular traction. tPA was a key product in Genentech's success
in the late 1980s and 1990s and when introduced it revolutionized the
treatment of acute myocardial infarctions. The potential of Jetrea, launched
earlier this year, was reflected in the licensing deal ThromboGenics signed
with Alcon (part of Novartis), in March 2012 for the commercialization of this
novel medicine outside the US. This deal won the Scrip Licensing Deal of the
Year in 2012.
Prof Collen is also a world renowned scientist in the field of life sciences.
His research interests are in the molecular biology and pathophysiology of the
cardiovascular system and translational research on drug development. He has
co-authored more than 650 scientific publications, and has co-invented over 20
issued patents and patent applications. He has won several scientific
awards, including the Francqui Prize (Belgium), the Prix Louis Jeantet de
Médecine (Switzerland), the Bristol-Myers-Squibb award for Cardiovascular
Research (USA), and the Health Prize of the Interbrew-Baillet Latour Fund
(Belgium) (jointly with P. Carmeliet).
Prof Collen is a successful biotech entrepreneur and investor. He was the
Founder and CEO of ThromboGenics before becoming its Chairman in 2008. In
addition, he has invested in other biotech companies including Cardio 3
Biosciences which successfully listed on Euronext Brussels and Paris in July
of this year.
About JETREA ^® (ocriplasmin)
JETREA ^® (ocriplasmin) is a truncated form of human plasmin. In the US,
JETREA ^® is indicated for the treatment of symptomatic VMA. In Europe, JETREA
^® is indicated for the treatment of vitreomacular traction (VMT), including
when associated with macular hole of diameter ≤ 400 microns. JETREA ^® is a
selective proteolytic enzyme that cleaves fibronectin, laminin and collagen,
three major components of the vitreoretinal interface that play an important
role in vitreomacular adhesion.
JETREA ^® has been evaluated in two multi-center, randomized, double-masked
Phase III trials conducted in the U.S. and Europe involving 652 patients with
vitreomacular adhesion. Both studies met the primary endpoint of resolution of
VMA at day 28.
JETREA's Phase III program found that 26.5% of patients treated with
ocriplasmin saw resolution of VMA, compared with 10.1% of patients receiving
placebo (p<0.01). The Phase III program also showed that JETREA was generally
well tolerated with most adverse events being transient and mild in severity.
ThromboGenics is an integrated biopharmaceutical company focused on developing
and commercializing innovative ophthalmic and oncology medicines. The
Company's lead product, JETREA ^® (ocriplasmin), has been approved by the US
FDA for the treatment of symptomatic VMA and was launched in January 2013.
ThromboGenics signed a strategic partnership with Alcon (Novartis) for the
commercialization of JETREA ^® outside the United States. Under this
agreement, ThromboGenics could receive up to a total of €375 million in
up-front and milestone payments. It will receive significant royalties from
Alcon's net sales of JETREA ^® . ThromboGenics and Alcon intend to share the
costs equally of developing JETREA ^® for a number of new vitreoretinal
In Europe, JETREA ^® is approved for the treatment of vitreomacular traction
(VMT), including when associated with macular hole of diameter less than or
equal to 400 microns. Alcon has launched JETREA ^® in the UK, Germany,
Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
ThromboGenics is also further exploring anti-PIGF (Placental Growth Factor),
also referred to as TB-403, for the treatment of ophthalmic and oncology
ThromboGenics is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has-offices in Iselin,
NJ (US) and Dublin, Ireland. The Company is listed on the NYSE Euronext
Brussels exchange under the symbol THR. More information is available at
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