PreveCeutical signs Research and Option Agreement with UniQuest Pty Limited for Developing Dual-Gene Therapy Treatment for Diabetes and Obesity
Vancouver, British Columbia, July 17, 2017: PreveCeutical Medical Inc. (the “Company” or “PreveCeutical”) (CSE: PREV) announces, further to its news release dated April 13, 2017, that it has entered into a research and option agreement through an agreement made effective as of July 14, 2017 (the “Research Agreement”) between its wholly-owned subsidiary, PreveCeutical Medicals Holdings Inc., and UniQuest Pty Limited (“UniQuest”), the main commercialization company for the University of Queensland (“UQ”), to conduct a research program (the “Research Program”) focused on the development of Smart-siRNAs for the treatment of diabetes and obesity. This will be the third research and option agreement between PreveCeutical and UniQuest.
THE RESEARCH PROGRAM
The four year Research Program, which has a targeted start date of the 1st day of September, 2017, will be led by UQ researcher and PreveCeutical’s Chief Research Officer, Dr. Harendra Parekh (see PreveCeutical’s news release dated May 17, 2017). The research will be carried out by UQ in collaboration with QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute’s Professor Grant Ramm and Murdoch University’s Dr. Rakesh Veedu.
To address the global rise of diabetes and obesity, and in furtherance of PreveCeutical’s preventive health care focus, the Research Program builds on years of multi-disciplinary research and development in diabetes and obesity. It will pursue a dual-gene therapy strategy using proprietary bionanotechnological approaches. The rational design of tissue targeted bio-responsive gene delivery systems will be accompanied by systematic evaluation towards gene and protein-silencing in appropriate cell and animal models of obesity and diabetes, to be undertaken in multiple phases.
This really is a great example of cross-disciplinary collaboration, with leading researchers possessing complementary skills from three Australian institutions, UQ, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and Murdoch University, coming together with the common goal of addressing one of the most challenging epidemics facing humankind this century – diabetes and obesity,
said Dr. Parekh.
PreveCeutical will own all intellectual property developed under the funded Research Agreement and will be granted an option to negotiate an exclusive, world-wide licence to UniQuest’s background intellectual property in an agreed field. In return for the licence, UniQuest will receive payments for development milestones and sales based royalties in accordance with the terms of the Research Agreement.
Professor Grant Ramm is currently the head of the Hepatic Fibrosis Group and Coordinator of the Cell and Molecular Biology Department at QIMR Berghofer, a leading medical research institute located in Brisbane, Australia. He is an internationally renowned expert in liver pathobiology, hepatic fibrosis and chronic liver disease.
Dr. Rakesh Veedu is head of Nucleic Acid Therapeutics Research at the Centre for Comparative Genomics located at Murdoch University (Perth, Australia) and McCusker Research Fellow with the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science. He is an emerging expert, nationally and internationally, in the field of nucleic acid-based biotechnologies and developing novel nucleic acid drug therapies for a range of neurological diseases, genetic disorders and solid cancers.
ABOUT UNIQUEST PTY LIMITED
UniQuest specializes in the commercialization of intellectual property, research outcomes and expertise developed by UQ and is the principal commercialization company of UQ. UniQuest benchmarks in the top ten percent globally for university-based technology transfers and UQ innovations licensed by UniQuest are now generating annual sales of over AUD $3 billion. For example, UQ superconductor technology, through licensing arrangements, is used in two-thirds of the world’s MRIs and more than 80 million doses of the life-saving Gardasil® cervical cancer vaccine, patented by UniQuest in 1991, have been distributed throughout 121 countries, including 72 developing countries.
PreveCeutical is a biomedical company that coined the platform for preventive health sciences. PreveCeutical’s innovative research and development department advances organic and nature identical products for both prevention and curative therapies.
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On Behalf of the Board of Directors of PreveCeutical Medical Inc.
Stephen Van Deventer
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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