SYDNEY, February 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Novogen Limited (ASX:NRT; NASDAQ:NVGN) today announced the lodgement of final specifications of a patent that covers the Company’s first family of super-benzopyran compounds that to date has yielded leading drug candidates TRXE-002, TRXE-009 and TRXE-0025.
Super-benzopyrans represent a new chemical structure of increasing complexity and diversity. Based on the degree of that complexity, Novogen chemists have identified at least 6 patent families of related compounds. The final patent specifications just lodged represent the first of those families, with some hundreds of molecules designed and manufactured over the past 12 months. The focus with this particular family of compounds has been their ability to kill cancer stem cells. The underlying pharmacophore responsible for this activity has been identified and forms a key aspect of the patent.
Work is progressing on the remaining 5 potential patent families to determine the underlying pharmacophores relevant to various activities including the promotion of neurogenesis, to the promotion of functionality of stem cells with genetic abnormalities, and to the treatment of lysosomal storage diseases. Once those potential patent families have been reduced to practice, then the appropriate patents will be lodged.
Andrew Heaton PhD, Novogen Group Vice-President of Drug Discovery and Manufacture, said, "The last 12 months has been a highly productive time of reducing our super-benzopyran drug discovery program to practice, so allowing this PCT final specification to be lodged. Happily, we also are seeing these drugs successfully come through their large-scale manufacturing process ahead of a number of clinical trials over the next 12 months. We have not hit any manufacturing hurdles, confirming the simpler manufacturing process that is a key part of the patent."
Graham Kelly PhD, Novogen Group CEO, said, "Andrew’s drug discovery team has delivered an exciting opportunity to the Company. These new families of not previously seen compounds are proving an extraordinarily rich source of potential new therapeutics. It is remarkable that the same underlying molecular structure can yield compounds of such diverse biological activity. This pleiotropy is what makes this family of compounds so valuable."
"The lodgement of this patent also opens the way for our collaborators to present data for conference presentations and publications where disclosure of molecular structure is required," Kelly added.
About Novogen Limited
Novogen is a public, Australian drug-development company whose shares trade on both the Australian Securities Exchange (‘NRT’) and NASDAQ (‘NVGN’). The Novogen Group includes a New Haven CT – based joint venture company, CanTx Inc., with Yale University.
Novogen has two main drug technology platforms: super-benzopyrans (SBPs) and anti-tropomyosins (ATMs). SBP compounds have been created to kill the full range of cells within a tumor, but particularly the cancer stem cells. The ATM compounds target the microfilament component of the cancer cell and when used in conjunction with standard anti-microtubular drugs, result in comprehensive and fatal destruction of the cancer cell’s cytoskeleton. Ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer, malignant ascites, prostate cancer, neural cancers (glioblastoma, neuroblastoma in children) and melanoma are the key clinical indications being pursued, with the ultimate objective of employing both technologies as a unified approach to first-line therapy.
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