Protox acquires research program from Medicenna
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- Published on Wednesday, 22 August 2007 04:00
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VANCOUVER, Canada, | August 21, 2007 | Protox Therapeutics Inc. (TSX-V:PRX) announced today that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Medicenna Ventures Inc. ("Medicenna") for the acquisition of Medicenna's HUMxin(TM) Program, a research program to develop fully humanized fusion proteins based upon the Bcl-2 family, which are key components of programmed cell death ("apoptosis"). HUMxin represents a third technology platform for the Company and offers the potential to develop targeted therapeutics for the treatment of various diseases including solid tumors, metastases and hematological malignancies. In addition, the technology may have application for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as stroke, and has the potential to protect and regenerate cells, tissues and organs following cancer treatment or stem cell transplantation.
"We are very pleased to have acquired this exciting technology platform from Medicenna," said Dr. Fahar Merchant, President and Chief Executive Officer of Protox. "The HUMxin platform is a natural extension of our existing programs and further strengthens our core expertise in targeted delivery of potent payloads for the treatment of several debilitating diseases that
currently lack adequate therapeutic options."
Prior to joining Protox as President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Merchant founded Medicenna and had worked with the U.S. National Institute of Health ("NIH") to develop the HUMxin Program. Medicenna entered into a Collaborative Research and Development Agreement ("CRADA") with the NIH related to the HUMxin Program. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement,
Medicenna has transferred the HUMxin CRADA and all its rights and interests to Protox and the Company has agreed to pay Medicenna $209,680 for its audited out-of-pocket HUMxin CRADA and related expenses incurred to date. Half of this amount will be paid to Medicenna in cash and the other half in the form of 127,854 common shares of the Company, which will be subject to a four month hold period.
Protox Therapeutics is a leader in advancing novel, targeted protein toxin therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and other proliferative diseases. The company is actively developing two distinct but complementary platforms, INxin(TM) and PORxin(TM), and currently has four clinical programs in development. A Phase IIa clinical trial into the use of PRX321 (INxin) for
the treatment of primary brain cancer has been completed and the drug has received Fast Track Designation and Orphan Drug Status from the US FDA. In addition, a Phase I trial has been completed for PRX321 to treat patients with renal cell carcinoma and non-small cell lung cancer. Patient enrollment has been completed for a Phase I clinical trial into the use of PRX302 (PORxin)
for the treatment of localized prostate cancer. A Phase I clinical study of PRX302 for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) is ongoing.
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