BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Oct 06, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENZN) today announced that the European Commission has approved Cimzia(R), for the treatment of adult patients with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Cimzia (certolizumab pegol), is a PEGylated anti-TNFa (Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha). The product is currently being developed by UCB and was approved in the US in May 2009. Cimzia is one of several products which utilize Enzon's PEGylation technology, including Oncaspar(R), Adagen(R), PEGINTRON(R), Macugen(R), and Pegasys(R).
"Our PEGylation technology continues to enable very important therapeutics like Cimzia, benefiting patients with a wide variety of diseases," said Jeffrey H. Buchalter, Enzon's president and chief executive officer.
Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing, manufacturing and commercializing important medicines for patients with cancer and other life-threatening conditions. The Company has a portfolio of four marketed products, Oncaspar(R), DepoCyt(R), Abelcet(R) and Adagen(R). Enzon's drug development programs utilize several cutting-edge approaches, including its industry-leading PEGylation technology platform and the Locked Nucleic Acid (LNA) technology. Enzon's PEGylation technology was used to develop two of its products, Oncaspar and Adagen, and has created a royalty revenue stream from licensing partnerships for other products developed using the technology. Enzon also engages in contract manufacturing for several pharmaceutical companies to broaden its revenue base. Further information about Enzon and this press release can be found on the Company's web site at www.enzon.com.
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Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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