VANCOUVER, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - iCo Therapeutics (TSX-V: ICO), today announced that on November 26, 2013, U.S. patent 8,592,382 was issued for the Oral Amphotericin B platform (Oral AmpB) providing protection around oral delivery of the drug. With the recent receipt of ethics approval, the Oral AmpB technology is also moving into in vitro testing with study partners in Montreal, and will examine the role of this formulation in targeting latent HIV reservoirs which remain in individuals despite enormous therapeutic advances in the treatment of HIV/AIDS.
Recruitment of eight HIV-infected subjects successfully treated with highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) with detectable latent viral reservoir is expected to be complete in the first half of 2014.
"The current use of Amphotericin B has been limited due to its historical kidney toxicity and intravenous delivery and yet it is a potent anti-fungal and anti-parasitic drug with potentially much broader application if side adverse effects are tamed," said Andrew Rae, President & CEO of iCo Therapeutics. "This Oral AmpB delivery platform and approach, developed by Dr. Kishor Wasan at the University of British Columbia, has the potential to reduce toxicity issues and move the drug beyond the acute care setting, as well as to additional indications."
"These are important milestones for the Oral AmpB technology and we are very pleased by this development and potential new HIV indication," stated Dr. Wasan, Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Director, Neglected Global Diseases Initiative at The University of British Columbia.
About iCo Therapeutics
iCo Therapeutics in-licenses and redefines existing drug candidates or generics by employing reformulation and delivery technologies for new or expanded use indications. The company has exclusive worldwide rights to two drug candidates - iCo-007 for Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) and iCo-008 for other sight-threatening diseases. iCo-007 is in Phase 2 clinical studies for DME. With Phase 2 clinical history, iCo-008 is targeted for the treatment of keratoconjunctivitis and wet age-related macular degeneration. In addition, iCo holds worldwide rights to an oral drug delivery platform. The first platform candidate is the Oral Amp B Delivery system, utilizing a known anti-fungal drug to treat life-threatening infectious diseases. iCo trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "ICO". For more information, visit the Company website at: www.icotherapeutics.com.
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