EMA approves BF-200 ALA


Leverkusen – One short statement from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) means one giant step for German biotech company Biofrontera. The agency issued a favourable opinion on the firm’s marketing approval application for its drug for the treatment of actinic keratosis. There was no recommendation for a restriction or temporal limitation of the approval. The substance, which Biofrontera had dubbed BF-200 ALA while in development, will now be marketed under the name Ameluz. The positive assessment report by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) will now be forwarded to the European Commission for the formal conclusion of the process. Biofrontera anticipates final approval in December. After that, Ameluz can be commercialised in all 27 countries of the EU as well as Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, the company stated. Biofrontera began the application process in September of 2010.



Berlin – German biotech associations have strengthened their collaboration. The Heidelberg-based European Association of Pharma Biotechnology (EAPB) and Germany’s Biotechnology Industry Organisation Bio Deutschland e. V. said...



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Berlin/Dortmund – German researchers have identified potential targets involved in the formation of so called neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs), DNA-protein nets that are formed by cells of the innate immune system to defend...



Heerlen/Leipzig – DSM Pharmaceutical Products, the custom manufacturing arm of Dutch Royal DSM NV, has licensed proprietary alcohol dehydrogenases from German enzyme specialist c-LEcta GmbH for enzyme screening programmes and...



Dresden/Munich/Bethesda – German and US researchers from NIH and the universities Munich and Dresden have developed the first mouse model ever that exactly mimics human key symptoms of psoriasis. The mice developed the same...



Göttingen/Paris – Researchers from Germany, Denmark and French BioAlliance Pharma S.A have found that reducing angiogenesis in xenotransplantation models of psoriasis and in mice with a disease that resembles psoriasis alleviates...



Regensburg – During the unravelling of a transcriptional network in photoreceptors, German and US researchers have identified a novel gene that affects the inherited retinal disease Retinitis pigmentosa (type 28). In a...

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