ORLANDO, Fla., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TNI BioTech, Inc. (OTC: TNIB), a biotech company working to combat chronic, life-threatening diseases through the activation and modulation of the body's immune system using our patented immunotherapy through the acquisition and licensing of late development stage compounds, today announced the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a key patent for IRT-101 (MENK) for inducing sustained immune response of T-Cells.
The present invention relates to methods of stimulating and promoting a sustained natural immune system response, resulting in increased resistance and inhibition of infectious agents, including viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites, and other immunodeficiency-related ailments. More specifically, the invention relates to an intermittent dose schedule for promoting a sustained increased level of T-cell production (cytotoxic T-cells) including CD3, CD4, CD8, natural killer (NK) cells, CD38 cells, and interleukin II receptor. Pursuant to the patent, these therapies can be used on immunocompromised individuals including patients with cancer, or undergoing x-ray, surgery, or chemotherapy treatments.
The patent assigned to TNI BioTech from Nicholas Plotnikoff, which is already the subject of a previously granted U.S. patent, protects the activated NK cells. Similar patent protection has been obtained in India, Russia and the United Kingdom.
IRT-101 (MENK) is an active immunotherapy with MENK for patients with deficient functioning of the immune system. It works by restoring the patient's immune functions and by activating the lymphocytes to attack cancer cells and infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS. This is accomplished because MENK binds to opioid receptors on both immune cells and on cancer cells, which directly inhibits the growth of cancer cells and increases the number and functions of T-cells, NK cells, NK-T cells, and gamma/delta T-cells. These cells then destroy infective organisms and tumor cells while simultaneously inhibiting the ability of T regulatory (Treg) cells to block the functions of anti-cancer or anti-infectious disease lymphocytes.
Noreen Griffin, CEO of TNI BioTech said, "We are pleased to be able to expand our patent portfolio and believe this patent plus the many other patents surrounding MENK provide us with broad composition-of-matter protection for our suite of immunotherapy treatments."
About TNI BioTech, Inc.
TNI BioTech, Inc. is a biotech company working to combat chronic, life-threatening diseases through the activation and modulation of the body's immune system using our patented immunotherapy. Our products and immunotherapy technologies are designed to harness the power of the immune system to improve the treatment of cancer, infections such as HIV/AIDS, chronic inflammatory diseases, and autoimmune diseases.
Our proprietary technology, therapies and patents include the treatment of a wide range of cancers. Our most advanced clinical programs involve immunotherapy with met-enkephalin ("MENK") (sometimes referred to as opioid growth factor ("OGF")) and our Low Dose Naltrexone product ("LDN"), which have been shown to stimulate the immune system even in patients with advanced cancer. Even though management considers any condition that results in altered-immune response a target for investigation, the Company will most likely pursue additional investigations for MENK and LDN as valuable candidates in the treatment of the following: autoimmune states such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis; as an adjunct in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiation treatments or surgery; and as an adjunct to antibiotics in the treatment of a variety of infectious diseases, including patients with AIDS, in combination with retroviral drug therapy.
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