Emisphere Technologies, Inc. announced today that, concurrent with the publication of two papers in the July/August issue of the peer reviewed journal, International Journal of Toxicology, which describes the toxicology of its Sodium N-[8-(2-hydroxybenzoyl) Amino] Caprylate ("SNAC") carrier, SNAC has achieved Generally Recognized as Safe ("GRAS") status for its intended use in combination with nutrients added to food and dietary supplements.
Commenting on today's news, Michael V. Novinski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Emisphere, stated, "The publication of our two papers in the International Journal of Toxicology was the final, necessary step in the process of obtaining GRAS status for our SNAC carrier, and we are very pleased to have achieved this goal."
About Emisphere Technologies, Inc.
Emisphere is a biopharmaceutical company that focuses on a unique and improved delivery of therapeutic molecules or nutritional supplements using its Eligen(R) Technology. These molecules and compounds could be currently available or in development. Such molecules are usually delivered by injection; in many cases, their benefits are limited due to poor bioavailability, slow on-set of action or variable absorption. The Eligen(R) Technology can be applied to the oral route of administration as well other delivery pathways, such as buccal, rectal, inhalation, intra-vaginal or transdermal. The company's website is: www.emisphere.com.
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