Raptor Pharmaceutical Licenses Intellectual Property for Rett Syndrome
Raptor Pharmaceutical Corp. (NASDAQ: RPTP) announced that it has licensed pending patents related to the use of cysteamine for the treatment of Rett syndrome and associated disorders of methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MECP2). Under terms of the agreement, Raptor receives exclusive global rights to develop and commercialize cysteamine and related compounds to treat MECP2-associated disorders. Raptor's license agreement is with the Technology Transfer Accelerator of South Eastern France (SATT Sud Est) that represents the French medical research organizations where the technology was invented, including the Institut Curie, INSERM and Aix-Marseille Université.
"Mutations in the MECP2 gene have been associated with a number of rare disorders affecting cognitive health and motor and autonomic function, most notably Rett syndrome," said Patrice P. Rioux, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer of Raptor. "Cysteamine treatment has demonstrated promising results in non-clinical studies, including improved lifespan and reduced motor defects in MECP2-deficient mice, which we believe warrants further investigation. Significant reductions of brain derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) are found in