Cortendo AB with support from their preclinical development partner, PharmaDirections, Inc. received a positive opinion from the European Medicines Agency for NormoCort.
Radnor, PA (PRWEB) June 26, 2012
Cortendo AB [ticker: CORT on the Norwegian NOTC-A], a biopharmaceutical Corporation focused on the development of new therapies in the field of Metabolic Diseases, obtained a positive opinion by the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products, on its application for orphan drug designation for NormoCort (COR-003) for the treatment of hypercortisolism (Cushing’s Syndrome). The positive opinion of the COMP for NormoCort has now been forwarded to the EU commission for final approval and publication in the EU community register. With orphan drug designation granted in the US by the FDA in March and now with this positive opinion from the EU’s COMP, Cortendo is well positioned to move NormoCort into pivotal global clinical trials in Cushing’s Syndrome.
Cortendo is a biopharmaceutical company that relies in part on quality consultants and CRO’s to support the research and development of its pipeline. For the past year, Cortendo has contracted with PharmaDirections for a number of key services ranging from CMC to US and European Regulatory support. PharmaDirections’ regulatory services have ranged from the successful preparation and support to orphan drug designation applications in both the US and Europe to support with both IND and CTA preparation. “Cortendo has appreciated the high quality of support particularly in the areas of regulatory, CMC, and project management services offered by PharmaDirections”, said Dr. Ted Koziol, COO of Cortendo.
“Our Cortendo relationship is a great example of a virtual company using outsourced resources to their maximum advantage” said Dr. Richard Soltero, President of PharmaDirections.
Cortendo is a pioneer in the field of cortisol inhibition. The development of the lead drug candidate NormoCort (COR-003), the 2S,4R-enantiomer of ketoconazole, has been directed to Cushing’s Syndrome. The company’s strategy is to focus its resources to opportunities where the path to commercialization or partnership is clear and relatively near-term. Strategically, Cortendo’s business model is to commercialize relevant opportunities in the United States while partnering its assets ex-US. Backed by a highly experienced leadership team Cortendo has plans to continue to implement its pipeline expansion efforts in osteoarthritis and diabetes, as well as other near term revenue opportunities.
PharmaDirections, Inc. provides pharmaceutical consulting and project management services with a focus on preclinical development, formulation development and CMC, and regulatory affairs. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Cary, North Carolina.