Rigel Pharmaceuticals Inc was incorporated in the state of Delaware on June 14, 1996. The Company is a clinical-stage drug development company that discovers and develops novel, small-molecule drugs for the treatment of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, as well as muscle disorders. The Companys pioneering research focuses on intracellular signaling pathways and related targets that are critical to disease mechanisms. The Company currently has five product candidates in development: fostamatinib, an oral spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK) inhibitor entering in Phase 3 clinical trials for immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) and a Phase 2 clinical trial for immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) in the first half of 2014; R348, a topical JAK/SYK inhibitor currently in Phase 2 clinical trials for dry eye; R118, an adenosine monophosphate (AMP)-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activator entering Phase 1 in the first half of 2014; and two oncology product candidates in Phase 1 development with partners BerGenBio AS and Daiichi Sankyo, respectively. The Company is conducting proprietary research in the broad disease areas of inflammation/immunology and muscle wasting/muscle endurance. The Companys competitors include fully integrated pharmaceutical companies that have extensive drug discovery efforts and are developing novel small molecule pharmaceuticals. The Company is subject to extensive regulation by numerous governmental authorities in the United States and other countries, including the FDA under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
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