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Strides, Gilead sign agreement

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To manufacture and distribute Tenofovir Alafenamide (TAF) based HIV treatments in 112 developing countries

Strides Arcolab has entered into a licensing agreement with Gilead Sciences, under which Gilead has extended non-exclusive rights to Strides to manufacture and distribute Tenofovir Alafenamide (TAF), both as a single agent product and in combination with other drugs.

The license being granted to Strides extends to 112 countries, which together account for more than 30 million people living with HIV.

As part of the licensing agreement, pending US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) approval of the Gilead product, Strides will receive a technology transfer from Gilead, enabling Strides to manufacture low-cost versions of TAF for developing countries.

TAF is a novelnucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor that has demonstrated high antiviral efficacy at a dose 10 times lower than Gilead’s Viread (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate), as well as an improved renal and bone safety profile.

TAF and TAF-based regimens are investigational products in the US and have not yet been determined safe or efficacious in humans.

EP News BureauMumbai

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