Obvious examples include insulin, which in its earliest, nonsynthetic form was manufactured from the pancreatic enzymes of pigs and calves, Primarin, an estrogen derived from pregnant mare's urine, and the anticoagulant Viprinex
, which uses the venom of the Malaysian pit viper.
today announced the completion of a snake facility in Moorrege, Germany, that will provide the venom used to produce Viprinex, which NTI is currently studying as a potential treatment for acute ischemic stroke.
Viprinex (Ancrod) is currently being studied in two Phase III global trials known as Ancrod Stroke Program I (ASP-I) and Ancrod Stroke Program II (ASP-II).
Baxter will aseptically fill and package the drug product, Viprinex
, into its finished form, along with the corresponding placebo.
If pivotal Phase III trials for Viprinex are commenced as currently planned, NTI will issue an additional 2,375,176 shares and pay an additional $2 million to the Empire stockholders.
Additionally, we are currently designing clinical trial protocols for what we expect to be pivotal Phase III clinical trials for our newest product, Viprinex (ancrod), for the treatment of ischemic stroke.