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Jan 4, 2007

Enzon Secures Supply for its Leukemia Treatment

  • Ovation Pharmaceuticals will supply the active ingredient used in the production of Enzon Pharmaceuticals’ acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) treatment. Oncaspar is a form of L-asparaginase enhanced with Enzon’s PEGylation technology.

    The deal was signed after the expiration of a previous agreement between the two companies on December 31, 2006. Ovation has thus agreed to supply a sufficient quantity of L-asparaginase material through 2009. In addition, Enzon will make an upfront payment for a nonexclusive license to the cell line owned by Ovation from which the L-asparaginase material is currently sourced.

    Enzon expects to transfer manufacturing and technology involving the cell line to its own supplier by December 31, 2009 to ensure long-term availability of the L-asparaginase material.



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MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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