OPKO Spain to Start Trial of Once-A-Year Intra-Articular Injectable for Osteoarthritis

MIAMI, Feb. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OPKO Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPK) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, OPKO Health Spain, has completed development of Enko 1, a patented intra-articular injectable hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulfate complex to relieve pain and improve mobility in patients with degenerative and traumatic changes in the knee and other joints, as occurs in osteoarthritis. Enko 1 will be submitted for approval as a Class III medical device with the goal to market it throughout the European Union. The market for hyaluronic acid for this use is $2 billion globally; and $1 billion in Europe.

OPKO Health Spain believes Enko 1, because of its unique physicochemical characteristics, offers significant advantages such as less frequent injections, as few as one per year.

OPKO Health Spain projects the launch of Enko 1 in Europe in the first half of 2018. Enko 1 is also currently being evaluated for use in companion animals for OPKO Health Spain’s animal health business, as well as OPKO’s new United States-based Animal Health division.

About OPKO Health Spain
OPKO Health Spain is a Barcelona-based company engaged in the development, manufacturing and sale of a robust line of pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and veterinary products in Europe.

About OPKO Health, Inc.
OPKO Health is a diversified healthcare company that seeks to establish industry-leading positions in large, rapidly growing markets. Our diagnostics business includes Bio-Reference Laboratories, the nation's third-largest clinical laboratory with a core genetic testing business and a 420-person sales force to drive growth and leverage new products, including the 4Kscore® prostate cancer test and the Claros® 1 in-office immunoassay platform. Our pharmaceutical business features RAYALDEE, an FDA-approved treatment for SHPT in stage 3-4 CKD patients with vitamin D insufficiency (launched in November 2016), VARUBI™ for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (oral formulation launched by partner TESARO and IV formulation PDUFA date: January 2017), TT401, a once or twice weekly oxyntomodulin for type 2 diabetes and obesity which is a clinically advanced drug candidate among the new class of GLP-1 glucagon receptor dual agonists, and TT701, an androgen receptor modulator for androgen deficiency indications.  Our biologics business includes hGH-CTP, a once-weekly human growth hormone injection (in phase 3 and partnered with Pfizer), a long-acting Factor VIIa drug for hemophilia (in phase 2a) and a long-acting oxyntomodulin for diabetes and obesity (in phase 1). We also have production and distribution assets worldwide, multiple strategic investments and an active business development strategy. More information is available at www.opko.com.


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