SUDA Pharmaceuticals shares rise on securing anagrelide cancer patent in Japan

SUDA Pharmaceuticals Ltd (ASX:SUD) confirmed that the Japanese Patent Office has accepted its patent application for anagrelide to treat cancer and the patent will proceed to grant.

The patent titled “Use of Anagrelide for Treating Cancer” has an expiry date of December 2035.

“Significant market opportunity”

Chief executive officer Dr Michael Baker said: “To have the Japanese Patent Office grant this patent is a great step in the right direction for the anagrelide program.

“With a population of almost 130 million people, a granted patent in Japan represents a significant market opportunity.

“In conjunction with our granted European patent, this further strengthens our ability to capture maximum value from the anagrelide program”.

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Rationale for Anagrelide use in cancer

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