Fortress Biotech Forms New Subsidiary, Aevitas Therapeutics, Inc., to Develop Novel AAV Gene Therapy Treatments for Complement-Mediated Diseases

NEW YORK, Aug. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fortress Biotech, Inc. (Nasdaq:FBIO) today announced the formation of a new subsidiary company, Aevitas Therapeutics, Inc. ("Aevitas"), to develop novel gene therapy approaches for complement-mediated diseases. The proprietary technology, licensed from a leading university, uses adeno-associated virus (AAV)-based gene therapy to restore lasting production of functional complement regulatory proteins, providing a potentially curative treatment.

Irregularities in these proteins can play a vital role in an array of complement-mediated diseases, including atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH). Recent research has suggested that complement regulatory proteins could also play a key role in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration.

Dr. Lindsay A. Rosenwald, Fortress Biotech's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are thrilled to work on this potentially groundbreaking technology in numerous areas of unmet need as we continue to establish our capabilities in the gene therapy space."

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Fortress Biotech, Inc. ("Fortress") is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to acquiring, developing and commercializing novel pharmaceutical and biotechnology products. Fortress develops and commercializes products both within Fortress and through certain subsidiary companies, also known as Fortress Companies. In addition to its internal development programs, Fortress leverages its biopharmaceutical business expertise and drug development capabilities and provides funding and management services to help the Fortress Companies achieve their goals. Fortress and the Fortress Companies may seek licensing arrangements, acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures and/or public and private financings to accelerate and provide additional funding to support their research and development programs. For more information, visit www.fortressbiotech.com.

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