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ValiRx PLC Notification of US Patent Allowance

11/10/2017 7:00am

UK Regulatory (RNS & others)

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ValiRx PLC

11 October 2017


("ValiRx", the "Company" or the "Group")



London, UK., 11 October 2017: ValiRx Plc (AIM: VAL), the clinical stage biotechnology company, is pleased to report that ValiSeek Limited ("ValiSeek"), the joint venture between ValiRx and Tangent Reprofiling Limited ("Tangent"), announces a new US patent allowance and an update on its patent portfolio. The clinical stage therapeutic compound VAL401 has recently completed dosing in Phase II clinical trials to treat patients with lung cancer. ValiSeek was formed to progress VAL401 into Clinical trials for the treatment of lung cancer and other oncology indications.

Notification of a Fifth US Patent Allowance for VAL401

ValiSeek has received notification that a further method-of-treatment patent has been allowed by the US Patent Office covering the use of VAL401 in the treatment of prostate adenocarcinoma. The table below provides details of patents in the VAL401 portfolio that have been either fully granted or allowed. International patents are pending across Europe, Asia, Australasia and in North and South America, providing coverage in all significant markets worldwide.

Dr Suzy Dilly, CEO of ValiSeek, commented: "It is really pleasing to receive this notification of allowance for this latest VAL401 patent so close on the heels after our encouraging and positive announcement of first verified clinical data emerging from the VAL401 trial in Tbilisi, Georgia. This allowance will further strengthen ValiSeek's portfolio at an important time in our development pathway and will grow the confidence of existing and potential partners, as far as bringing this compound closer to the marketplace".

 Country         Patent number     Date Filed     Date Granted/Allowed 
--------------  ----------------  -------------  --------------------- 
 United States   US 9072743        26 September   07 July 2015 
--------------  ----------------  -------------  --------------------- 
 United States   US 9375433        08 May 2015    28 June 2016 
--------------  ----------------  -------------  --------------------- 
 United States   US 9585887        27 May 2015    07 March 2017 
--------------  ----------------  -------------  --------------------- 
 United States   US 9585890        31 May 2016    07 March 2017 
--------------  ----------------  -------------  --------------------- 
 United States   To be allocated   27 February    Allowed 
                  shortly           2017 
--------------  ----------------  -------------  --------------------- 
 Australia       AU 2013322612     26 September   14 September 
                                    2013           2017 
--------------  ----------------  -------------  --------------------- 
 New Zealand     NZ 706067         26 September   01 November 
                                    2013           2016 
--------------  ----------------  -------------  --------------------- 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014.

*** ENDS ***

For more information, please contact:

 ValiRx plc                                 Tel: +44 (0) 20 
                                             3008 4416 
 Dr Satu Vainikka, Chief Executive          Tel: +44 (0) 20 
                                             3008 4416 
 Tarquin Edwards, Head of Communications.   Tel: +44 (0) 7879 
                                             458 364 
 Cairn Financial Advisers LLP               Tel: +44 (0) 20 
  (Nominated Adviser)                        7213 0880 
  Liam Murray/Jo Turner/Richard 
 Beaufort Securities Limited                Tel: +44 (0) 207 
  (Broker)                                   382 8300 
  Jon Belliss 

Notes for Editors

About ValiSeek

ValiSeek Limited ("ValiSeek") is a joint venture ("JV") company between ValiRx Plc and Tangent Reprofiling Limited, part of the SEEK Group. ValiSeek was formed to progress the drug VAL401 through its remaining preclinical development and towards Phase II trials for the treatment of lung cancer and other oncology indications.

About ValiRx

ValiRx is a biotechnology oncology focused company specialising in developing novel treatments for cancer and associated biomarkers. It aims to make a significant contribution in "precision" medicine and science, namely to engineer a breakthrough into human health and well-being, through the early detection of cancer and its therapeutic intervention.

The Company's business model focuses on out-licensing therapeutic candidates early in the development process. By aiming for early-stage value creation, the company reduces risk considerably while increasing the potential for realising value. The group is already in licensing discussions with major players in the oncology field.

ValiRx's two classes of drugs in development, which each have the potential for meeting hitherto unmet medical needs by existing methods, have worldwide patent filings and agreed commercial rights. They originate or derive from World class institutions, such as Cancer Research UK and Imperial College.

Until recently, cancer treatments relied on non-specific agents, such as chemotherapy. With the development of target-based agents, primed to attack cancer cells only, less toxic and more effective treatments are now possible. New drugs in this group-such as those in ValiRx's pipeline-promise to greatly improve outcomes for cancer patients.

The Company listed on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange in October 2006 and trades under the ticker symbol: VAL

This information is provided by RNS

The company news service from the London Stock Exchange



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