Shares of Diffusion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: DFFN) surged as much as 23% this morning after the company announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a key patent for the company’s lead drug candidate, trans sodium crocetinate (TSC). Diffusion’s existing patents currently include the use of TSC in oncology, stroke and neurodegenerative disease indications. The new patent increases coverage of the therapeutic use of TSC and other related compounds to five hypoxia-related conditions including congestive heart failure, chronic renal failure, acute lung injury, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and respiratory distress syndrome. “Receiving the patent from the USPTO validates the potential of TSC to serve as a primary therapeutic agent in many conditions involving hypoxia and expands our patent estate. We look forward to advancing the clinical development of our lead compound,” chairman and CEO David Kalergis stated in the news release.
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About Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on treating the many life threatening diseases that involve hypoxia. The current primary focus is extending the life expectancy of cancer patients by improving the effectiveness of current standard of care treatments including radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Diffusion is developing trans sodium crocetinate (TSC), for use in the many cancer types in which tumor hypoxia (oxygen deprivation) is known to diminish the effectiveness of current treatments. TSC targets the cancer’s hypoxic micro-environment, re-oxygenating treatment-resistant tissue and making the cancer cells more vulnerable to the therapeutic effects of treatments such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy, without the apparent addition of any serious side effects. For more information visit www.diffusionpharma.com.
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