- Covers Lead Cancer Programs and Core Drug Delivery Technology for CombiPlex® Platform -

Published: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 / Updated: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 04:40 PM

EWING, N.J. -- Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company developing new and more effective therapies to treat cancer, today announced that U.S. Patent number 8,518,437 was issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on August 27, 2013. The new patent, “Lipid Carrier Compositions with Enhanced Blood Stability,” covers Celator’s proprietary low-cholesterol liposome compositions utilized in the Company's two clinical stage products, CPX-351 and CPX-1, which are based on the company’s innovative technology platform called CombiPlex. With the Patent Term Adjustment, this patent provides protection until June 2026.

“The low-cholesterol liposome technology has been instrumental in achieving the excellent biological and pharmaceutical stability features exhibited by CPX-351 and CPX-1, and has no doubt contributed to the promising clinical activity observed to date for these products,” said Lawrence Mayer, Ph.D., president and chief scientific officer at Celator. “We look forward to further exploring the full potential of the technology and how it could possibly be applied to a wide range of drug classes and drug combinations.”

Historically, most liposomal drug delivery nanoparticles have incorporated equal amounts of phospholipids and cholesterol, but Celator scientists discovered that very unique properties arise when the cholesterol content ranges from five to twenty percent. In this range, the release of drugs from the liposome can be controlled to maintain the desired molar ratio. The liposomes also exhibit extended blood circulation times without the use of surface-grafted polymers and have physically robust compositions that are resistant to damage from freezing and freeze-drying.

About Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc., with locations in Ewing, N.J., and Vancouver, B.C., is a pharmaceutical company developing new and more effective therapies to treat cancer. CombiPlex®, the company’s proprietary drug ratio technology platform, represents a novel approach that identifies molar ratios of drugs that will deliver a synergistic benefit, and locks the desired ratio in a nano-scale drug delivery vehicle that maintains the ratio in patients with the goal of improving clinical outcomes. The company pipeline includes two clinical stage products, CPX-351 (a liposomal formulation of cytarabine:daunorubicin) for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia, and CPX-1 (a liposomal formulation of irinotecan:floxuridine) for the treatment of colorectal cancer; and preclinical stage product candidates, including CPX-571 (a liposomal formulation of irinotecan:cisplatin), and the hydrophobic docetaxel prodrug nanoparticle (HDPN) formulation being studied by the National Cancer Institute’s Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.celatorpharma.com. Information on ongoing trials is available at www.clinicaltrials.gov.

Forward-Looking Statements
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