Raptor Pharmaceutical Corp was initially incorporated in Nevada on July 29, 1997 as Axonyx Inc. In October 2006, Axonyx Inc. and its then wholly-owned subsidiary completed a reverse merger, business combination with TorreyPines Therapeutics, Inc., reincorporated in Delaware and changed the corporate name to 'TorreyPines Therapeutics, Inc. On September 28, 2009, the Company name was again changed from TorreyPines Therapeutics, Inc., to Raptor Pharmaceutical Corp. It is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing transformative treatments for people affected by rare and debilitating diseases. The Company's product PROCYSBI cysteamine bitartrate, delayed-release capsules received marketing approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on April 30, 2013 for the management of nephropathic cystinosis in adults and children six years and older. The European equivalent, PROCYSBI gastro-resistant hard capsules of cysteamine, received marketing authorization on September 6, 2013 from the European Commission, as an orphan medicinal product for the management of nephropathic cystinosis for marketing in the European Union. PROCYSBI received 7 years and 10 years of market exclusivity as an orphan drug in the U.S. and the EU, respectively. PROCYSBI is an approved therapy for the management of nephropathic cystinosis, a rare, life-threatening metabolic lysosomal storage disorder that causes the rapid, toxic accumulation of cystine in all cells, tissues and organs in the body. PROCYSBI capsules contain cysteamine bitartrate in the form of microspheronized beads that are individually coated to create delayed and extended-release properties, allowing patients to maintain consistent therapeutic systemic drug levels over a 12-hour dosing period. Cysteamine is a molecule generated in the cell during the metabolism of cysteine. The Company's pipeline products include; its proprietary delayed-release form of cysteamine, or RP103. The Company currently has product candidates in clinical development designed to potentially treat Huntington's disease, Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, Leigh syndrome and other mitochondrial disorders and aldehyde dehydrogenase deficiency. The Company's preclinical programs are based upon bioengineered novel drug candidates that are designed to target cancer and other diseases. Its other clinical-stage product candidates include: Convivia its proprietary oral formulation of 4-methylpyrazole, for the potential management of acetaldehyde toxicity due to alcohol consumption by individuals with aldehyde dehydrogenase, or ALDH2, deficiency, an inherited metabolic disorder. With respect to any of the Company's product candidates for which it obtain FDA approval, it will be subject to ongoing FDA obligations and continued regulatory review, which may result in additional expense.
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