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Abraxis BioScience is a global biopharmaceutical company dedicated to meeting the needs of critically ill patients, with over 2000 employees worldwide. Wikipedia.


Patent
Abraxis BioScience | Date: 2014-02-28

The present invention provides compositions comprising nanoparticles comprising: 1) a drug, such as a hydrophobic drug derivative; and 2) a carrier protein. Also provided are methods of treating diseases (such as cancer) using the compositions, as well as kits and unit dosages.


In accordance with the present invention, there are provided compositions and methods useful for the in vivo delivery of substantially water insoluble pharmacologically active agents (such as the anticancer drug paclitaxel) in which the pharmacologically active agent is delivered in the form of suspended particles coated with protein (which acts as a stabilizing agent). In particular, protein and pharmacologically active agent in a biocompatible dispersing medium are subjected to high shear, in the absence of any conventional surfactants, and also in the absence of any polymeric core material for the particles. The procedure yields particles with a diameter of less than about 1 micron. The use of specific composition and preparation conditions (e.g., addition of a polar solvent to the organic phase), and careful selection of the proper organic phase and phase fraction, enables the reproducible production of unusually small nanoparticles of less than 200 nm diameter, which can be sterile-filtered. The particulate system produced according to the invention can be converted into a redispersible dry powder comprising nanoparticles of water-insoluble drug coated with a protein, and free protein to which molecules of the pharmacological agent are bound. This results in a unique delivery system, in which part of the pharmacologically active agent is readily bioavailable (in the form of molecules bound to the protein), and part of the agent is present within particles without any polymeric matrix therein.


Patent
Abraxis BioScience | Date: 2014-10-28

The present invention features methods for treating, stabilizing, preventing, and/or delaying cancer by administering nanoparticles that comprise rapamycin or a derivative thereof. The invention also provides compositions (e.g., unit dosage forms) comprising nanoparticles that comprise a carrier protein and rapamycin or a derivative thereof. The invention further provides combination therapy methods of treating cancer comprising administering to an individual an effective amount of nanoparticles that comprise rapamycin or a derivative thereof and a second therapy.


The present invention relates to methods and kits for the treatment of breast cancer based on hormone receptor status of progesterone receptor and estrogen receptor comprising the administration of a taxane alone, in combination with at least one other and other therapeutic agents, as well as other treatment modalities useful in the treatment of breast cancer. In particular, the invention relates to the use of nanoparticles comprising paclitaxel and albumin (such as Abraxane) either alone or in combination with other chemotherapeutic agents or radiation, which may be used for the treatment of breast cancer which does not express estrogen receptor and/or progesterone receptor.


The invention provides a medical device comprising a hydrophobic analog of a medicament known to inhibit cell proliferation and migration. The invention also provides a method of treating a narrowing in a body passageway comprising placing an implantable medical device comprising a hydrophobic analog of a medicament known to inhibit cell proliferation and migration. The medicaments can be incorporated within or coated on the device. The invention further provides hydrophobic analogs of medicaments known to inhibit cell proliferation and migration.

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