OPKO Health Announces License for Topically Active Formulation of Ranibizumab

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- OPKO Health, Inc. (NYSE: OPK) today announced it has signed a research and license agreement with a prominent Mexican professor of ophthalmology for a topically active formulation of the anti-VEGF antibody, ranibizumab, utilizing OPKO proprietary drug delivery technology. The technology will initially target the development of the ranibizumab product to treat diabetic macular edema (DME), but the delivery system will also be studied with other pharmaceutical products to treat DME and other eye diseases.

Presently, ranibizumab is only approved for delivery by intra-vitreal injection,” noted Dr. Frost, M.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, of OPKO. “We believe the development of a topical VEGF antibody formulation would result in substantial benefits to patients.”

About OPKO Health, Inc.

We are a multi-national biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company that seeks to establish industry-leading positions in large and rapidly growing medical markets by leveraging our discovery, development and commercialization expertise and our novel and proprietary technologies. Our current focus is on conditions with major unmet medical needs including neurological disorders, infectious diseases, oncology and ophthalmologic diseases.

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OPKO Health, Inc.
Steven D. Rubin, 305-575-4100

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