SAN DIEGO, April 14, 2020 -- Pfenex Inc. (NYSE American: PFNX) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), informed Alvogen Malta Operations Ltd., the Company’s commercialization partner for PF708, via a General Advice letter that additional comparative use human factors (CUHF) data, specifically from Forteo® (teriparatide injection) experienced users, would be required before PF708 Therapeutic Equivalence (TE) could be determined.
“While the previously submitted CUHF study included Forteo-experienced patients and caregivers, the FDA requested that a larger number of experienced subjects be studied,” stated Eef Schimmelpennink, Chief Executive Officer of Pfenex. “In the correspondence the FDA has indicated that the review of the PF708 TE package continues and provided guidance on study methodology to generate this additional comparative use human factors data, which we are confident can be met. We intend to work closely with Alvogen and the FDA to expeditiously move toward a solution addressing the Agency’s expressed views, so that we can submit additional data as soon as possible. Additionally, we will continue to support Alvogen with its commercial strategy planning in the U.S. while continuing to seek “A” therapeutic equivalence designation.”
About Pfenex Inc.
Pfenex is a development and licensing biotechnology company focused on leveraging its proprietary protein production platform, Pfenex Expression Technology®, to develop next generation and novel protein therapeutics to meaningfully improve existing therapies and create novel therapies for some of the biological targets linked to critical diseases still waiting to successfully be addressed. Using the patented Pfenex Expression Technology platform, Pfenex has created a broad pipeline that is diversified across multiple assets, including U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, next generation and novel biopharmaceutical products. Pfenex’s lead product candidate is PF708, a therapeutic equivalent candidate to Forteo® (teriparatide injection). PF708 has been approved in the U.S. for the treatment of osteoporosis in certain patients at high risk for fracture, and marketing authorization applications are pending in other jurisdictions. In addition, Pfenex is developing hematologic oncology products in collaboration with Jazz Pharmaceuticals, including PF743, a recombinant Erwinia asparaginase, and PF745, a half-life extended recombinant Erwinia asparaginase. Pfenex also uses its Pfenex Expression Technology platform to produce CRM197, a diphtheria toxoid carrier protein for use in prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines.
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