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Anaesthetic firm seeks operating partner.

SPECIALIST healthcare products company Maelor which is seeking a partner for the development and marketing of its intravenous general anaesthetic agent micelle propofol says it is in advanced negotiations with several major international pharmaceutical businesses.The Wrexham-based company is aiming to launch the patented drug delivery in about two years after further trials and will be aiming to capture a slice of a market worth hundreds of millions of pounds. Additional pre-clinical work has indicated that anaesthesia might be safely maintained for up to eight days using micelle propofol. A micelle can be used to dissolve materials such as propofol - the world's leading injectable general anaesthetic - which have little or no solubility in water.

Maelor chief executive Stephen Appelbee said: ``We are equally delighted with the pre-clinical work, which for the first time demonstrates the potential utility of micelle propofol in the maintenance of sedation. We can now offer to potential partners a formulation which can meet or exceed all the current therapeutic benchmarks.''
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 7, 2003
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