OPKO Invests in BioZone Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Acquires Rights to Proprietary Technology to Enhance Solubility of Drugs
MIAMI, Feb 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- OPKO Health, Inc. OPK +0.20% announced today it made an investment in BioZone Pharmaceuticals, Inc., BZNE +47.60% and acquired rights to BioZone's novel drug delivery platforms, including its QuSome(R) technology. With BioZone's proprietary chemical and formulation technology, the solubility of many drugs can be enhanced to provide superior final dosage forms. BioZone's technology is simpler and results in less costly drug manufacturing than other systems.
Under the terms of the agreements, OPKO has acquired a world-wide license for the development and commercialization of products utilizing BioZone's proprietary drug delivery technology, including QuSomes, exclusively for OPKO in the field of ophthalmology and non-exclusive for all other therapeutic fields, subject in each case to certain excluded products. Additionally, OPKO acquired exclusive world-wide distribution rights to BioZone's enhanced formulation of propofol that utilizes its proprietary technology to produce a clear solution, which may address many of the drawbacks with current emulsion formulations of propofol.
Propofol is a short-acting, intravenously administered hypnotic agent commonly used for the induction and maintenance of general anesthesia, sedation for mechanically ventilated adults, and procedural sedation.
About OPKO Health, Inc.
OPKO is a multi-national biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company that seeks to establish industry-leading positions in large and rapidly growing medical markets by leveraging its discovery, development and commercialization expertise and novel and proprietary technologies.
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SOURCE: OPKO Health, Inc.