MIGDAL HA'EMEQ, Israel, Oct. 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enzymotec Ltd., (Nasdaq:ENZY), a developer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative bio-active lipid based nutritional ingredients and medical foods, announced today it was granted a new patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for Vayacog®, a proprietary prescription medical food for the dietary management of lipid imbalances associated with early memory impairment.
The granted patent covers a method of improving a condition in the elderly suffering from specified cognitive disorders using Vayacog®. The disorders covered by the patent include pre-Alzheimer's disease and pre-dementia syndrome.
Vayacog® is a unique lipid composition essential for the management of key biochemical modifications underlying losses in brain function. There is currently a 24-month, multi-center clinical trial being conducted to evaluate its long-term efficacy in patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment ("MCI"). Vayacog® has been shown to be safe and efficacious in earlier clinical trials in non-demented subjects with memory complaints.
Rob Crim, President of VAYA Pharma, a division of Enzymotec, commented, "We continue to strengthen our intellectual property portfolio with the grant of this patent. While we work toward statistical data to make Vayacog® a standard protocol for the management of MCI, this new patent reinforces our competitive advantage. With the support of our IP, we remain focused on trial data to illustrate the effectiveness of our marketed products."
About VAYA Pharma
VAYA Pharma is a specialty pharmaceutical division of Enzymotec Ltd. dedicated to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of innovative proprietary clinically tested lipid-based compositions familiar to the human body for addressing disorders that are impacted by lipid imbalances. VAYA Pharma's medical food portfolio addresses three therapeutic segments: ADHD (Vayarin®), Early Memory Impairment (Vayacog®) and Hypertriglyceridemia (Vayarol®). VAYA Pharma products are available in the US only by prescription under the supervision of a physician. For more information, visit www.vayapharma.com.
About Enzymotec Ltd.
Enzymotec is a leading global supplier of specialty lipid-based products and solutions. The Company develops, manufactures and markets innovative bio-active lipid ingredients, as well as final products, based on sophisticated processes and technologies. For more information, visit www.enzymotec.com.
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