Zogenix, Inc. and Battelle today announced they have extended their co-marketing partnership for the DosePro(R) needle-free drug delivery system through March 29, 2014. The partnership is focused on advancing out-licensing opportunities for DosePro, with a focus on co-marketing the technology to potential biopharmaceutical and government clients.
William Dunlevy, Vice President and General Manager, Process and Product Development at Battelle, said, "Over the course of the past year, we have worked closely with Zogenix to develop and implement a focused co-marketing campaign that highlights key attributes of the DosePro needle-free delivery system. We have received positive feedback regarding our study of DosePro delivery of a monoclonal antibody and our self-injection survey of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. These findings clearly demonstrate the benefits and capabilities of the DosePro system. This has driven strong interest in the DosePro technology from our clients, particularly in the delivery of highly viscous formulations and biologics."
The campaign highlights a study by Battelle that demonstrates the ability of the DosePro system to effectively deliver a monoclonal antibody therapeutic, AbbVie's Humira(R) (adalimumab). The in vitro study showed that DosePro can deliver Humira without incremental risk to protein denaturation and equivalent biological integrity as compared to delivery by pre-filled syringe.
John Turanin, Vice President and General Manager, DosePro Technology, at Zogenix, commented, "In the three years since its launch, we have produced more than 2 million commercial units of our first commercial DosePro product, SUMAVEL(R) DosePro(R). The introduction of a needle-free delivery option has reinvigorated growth of injectable sumatriptan, including from patients that were previously not interested due to needle-phobia and/or the complexity of delivery. We are pleased to provide an enhanced needle-free option for these patients and look forward to continue working with Battelle to introduce the benefits of the DosePro system to potential partners in the biopharmaceutical and government sectors."