Biotie Therapies is a drug development biotechnology company with a focus on dependence disorders, inflammatory diseases and thrombosis. The most advanced drugs in development are nalmefene for alcoholism (phase III) and impulse control disorders (phase II), monoclonal VAP-1 antibody and small molecule VAP-1 SSAO enzyme inhibitor for inflammatory diseases (late preclinical), and recombinant bioheparin for thrombosis (preclinical). The company is also developing a small molecule a2b1-integrin inhibitor for thrombosis and cancer, and has extensive immaterial property rights and know-how on its K5 polysaccharide technology platform to develop carbohydrate based pharmaceuticals.
BioTie's strategy is to partner the products after proof of concept (end clinical phase II) has been obtained. If, however, strong commercial rationale exists, the company may deviate from this basic principle.
During 2003 and 2004 the following partnering agreements were concluded: