SHENYANG, China, Feb. 11 3SBio Inc. (Nasdaq:SSRX), a leading biotechnology company focused on researching, developing,manufacturing and marketing biopharmaceutical products primarily in China,today announced that it has submitted its application for a Phase I clinicaltrial for NuPIAO to the Chinese State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA).NuPIAO is a highly glycosylated ESA (erythropoiesis-stimulating agent) withextended half-life and increased biologic activity. Pre-clinical resultsshowed a promising pharmacokinetic profile which would allow a once weeklyinjection schedule of NuPIAO in humans. NuPIAO will be investigated to treatanemia associated with both chronic kidney disease and cancer.
"This submission represents another important milestone in our effort toextend our market leading EPO franchise and continue to serve the needs ofpatients in China," said Dr. Jing Lou, CEO of 3SBio. "It is a direct result ofour dedicated R&D effort to generate an innovative pipeline and create longterm value for shareholders."
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