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Dilaforette, AGU in deal for sickle cell clinical trial

MANAMA, February 16, 2016

Dilaforette, a Karolinska Development portfolio company focused on innovative treatments for patients with sickle-cell disease, and Bahrain-based Arabian Gulf University (AGU) have signed a clinical collaboration agreement for the Phase 2 proof of concept trial of sevuparin in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) experiencing acute vaso-occlusive crisis (VOC).
Under the scope of the agreement, Dilaforette and AGU’s collaboration will facilitate the development of Dilaforette’s lead candidate, sevuparin, for patients with SCD. 
AGU will provide up to $1.2 million in non-dilutive funding for the study and assist with patient recruitment. 
The project will contribute to enhancing AGU’s capabilities in clinical research  through training and engagement in phase 2 clinical trial. 
In return, AGU will receive royalties on future product revenues which are capped at twice the financial support it provides to the Phase 2 proof of concept study.
The Phase 2 proof of concept sevuparin study is currently enrolling patients at several clinical sites in the Middle East, including Bahrain, where AGU is located.
Sevuparin is a polysaccharide drug candidate developed to treat vaso-occlusive crises (VOC) in SCD by normalising the reduced blood flow. 
Dilaforette has signed a co-development partnership with Ergomed to develop sevuparin, and in October, they announced the start of recruitment into a multi-centre, international, randomised Phase 2 study performed in Europe and the Middle East. 
The results from this Phase 2 proof of concept trial with sevuparin are expected in the second half of the year.
Dr Khalid bin Abdul Rahman Al-Ohaly, president of the Arabian Gulf University, said: “Our collaboration with Dilaforette is a landmark moment for both parties, in a deal which is a positive step forward in the fight for treatment for this widespread genetic disorder, which affects around 250,000 – 350,000 patients in the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) area alone. 
"The collaboration also endorses AGU’s position as an internationally recognised player in clinical research within the area of SCD.”
Christina Herder, chief executive officer, Dilaforette, added: “We are very pleased to collaborate with Arabian Gulf University on this important proof of concept Phase 2 study as we continue to develop sevuparin, which we firmly believe has the potential to improve the quality of life for millions of SCD sufferers around the globe.” - TradeArabia News Service

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