KemPharm to Highlight the Potential of Prodrugs at the 9th Annual Pain & Migraine Therapeutics Summit

CORALVILLE, Iowa, Sept. 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KemPharm, Inc. (NASDAQ:KMPH), a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of proprietary prodrugs, announced today that Sven Guenther, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Research & Development, will be a featured presenter at the 9th Annual Pain & Migraine Therapeutics Summit being held September 23-24, 2015, in Washington D.C.

In a presentation titled, "The Search for New Pain Therapeutics with Low Inherent Abuse Potential—A Case for Prodrugs," Dr. Guenther will discuss different approaches for finding new pain drugs with improved side effect and abuse profiles. Specifically, Dr. Guenther will highlight advances in the development of prodrugs and the progress of KemPharm's most advanced pain product candidates, KP201/APAP, a prodrug of hydrocodone in combination with acetaminophen, as well as KP511, a prodrug of hydromorphone. Dr. Guenther's presentation is scheduled for September 23, 2015, at 2:15 p.m., ET.

Dr. Guenther commented, "It is an honor to present KemPharm's prodrug technology at the 9th Annual Pain & Migraine Therapeutics Summit and I look forward to highlighting the potential that prodrugs may offer in improving the side effect and abuse profile of prescription pain medications."

About KemPharm

KemPharm is a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of prodrugs to treat serious medical conditions through its Ligand Activated Therapy (LAT) platform technology. KemPharm utilizes its LAT platform technology to generate improved prodrug versions of FDA-approved drugs in the high need areas of pain, ADHD and other CNS disorders.

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