Momenta is a biotechnology company specializing in the characterization and process engineering of complex molecules. These complex molecules include proteins, polypeptides, and cell surface polysaccharides, like heparan-sulfate proteoglycans, or HSPGs. This results in a diversified product pipeline of complex generic, follow-on biologic, and novel drugs. These product opportunities are derived from our proprietary, innovative technology platform which we leverage to study the structure (thorough characterization of chemical components), structure-process (understand, design and control of manufacturing process), and structure-activity (understand and relate structure to biological and clinical activity) of complex molecule drugs.
Our Complex Generics and Follow-On Biologics activities are focused on building a thorough understanding of the structure-process-activity of complex molecule drugs to develop generic versions of marketed products. While we use a similar analytical and development approach across all of our product candidates, we tailor that approach for each specific product candidate. Our first objective is to apply our core analytical technology to thoroughly characterize the structure of the marketed product. By defining the chemical composition of multiple batches of the marketed product, we are able to develop an equivalence window which captures the inherent variability of the innovator's manufacturing process. Using this information we then build an extensive understanding of the structure-process relationship to thoroughly understand, design and control our manufacturing process to reproducibly manufacture an equivalent version of the marketed product. Where necessary, and as required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, we will supplement an application with additional supportive structure-activity data (e.g., immunogenicity, pharmacodynamics). Our goal is to obtain FDA approval for and commercialize, either directly or with collaborative partners, complex generic and follow-on biologic products thereby providing high quality, effective, safe and affordable medicines to patients in need.
Our two most advanced Complex Generic product candidates target marketed products which were originally approved by the FDA as New Drug Applications, or NDAs. Therefore, we were able to access the existing generic regulatory pathway and submitted Abbreviated New Drug Applications, or ANDAs, for these generic candidates. M-Enoxaparin is designed to be a generic version of Lovenox® (enoxaparin sodium injection), a low molecular weight heparin, or LMWH, used to prevent and treat deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, and to support the treatment of acute coronary syndromes, or ACS. Lovenox is a complex mixture of polysaccharide chains derived from naturally sourced heparin. Our second major generic product candidate is M356, a generic version of Copaxone® (glatiramer acetate injection), a drug that is indicated for the reduction of the frequency of relapses in patients with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis, or RRMS. Copaxone consists of a complex mixture of polypeptide chains. With M356, we have extended our core characterization and process engineering capabilities from the characterization of complex polysaccharide mixtures to include the characterization of complex polypeptide mixtures. The ANDAs for both M-Enoxaparin and M356 are currently under FDA review.
In addition to our two complex generic product candidates, our Follow-On Biologics program further extends our proprietary technology platform to include the characterization and engineering of therapeutic protein products. By thoroughly characterizing these molecules, which are derived from natural or cell-based manufacturing processes, we seek to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between the multiple steps involved in their manufacturing processes and the final product compositions. Our goal is to replicate our development approach with M-Enoxaparin and M356 and pursue the development and commercialization of biogeneric (designated by FDA to be substitutable with the marketed product) or biosimilar (designated by FDA not to be directly substitutable with the marketed drug) products.
Our Novel Drug program leverages our characterization and process engineering capabilities to develop novel drugs by studying the structure-activity of complex mixtures. We are targeting our efforts to understand the relationship between structure and the biological and therapeutic activity of various complex molecule drug candidates. Our goal is to capitalize on the structural diversity and multi-targeting potential of these complex molecules to engineer novel drug candidates that we believe will meet key unmet medical needs in various diseases. While we believe that our capabilities to engineer improved and novel complex molecule drug candidates can be applied across several product categories with significant therapeutic potential, our most advanced efforts have been in the area of HSPGs. Our lead novel HSPG-based drug candidate, M118, has been engineered to possess what we believe will be an improved therapeutic profile compared with other currently marketed products to support the treatment of ACS. M402, our second novel HSPG-based drug candidate, is in early development as a potential anti-cancer agent. We also are seeking to discover and develop additional novel HSPG-based drugs, as well as improved and novel protein drug candidates by applying our technology to better understand the function of these complex molecules in biological processes.
We were incorporated in Delaware in May 2001 under the name Mimeon, Inc. In September 2002, we changed our name to Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Our principal executive offices are located at 675 West Kendall Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142, and our telephone number is (617) 491-9700.
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