Vancouver, B.C.–(Business Wire)– biOasis Technologies Inc. (TSX:V.BTI) announced today that it has entered into a research collaboration agreement with Brussels, Belgium-based UCB (Euronext Brussels: UCB), to evaluate biOasis’s Transcend technology in the area of the delivery of therapeutic compounds to the brain. In connection with this agreement, biOasis will conduct certain experiments to provide UCB with confirmation of the Transcend technology as it relates to the delivery of therapeutic compounds owned by UCB to the CNS.
“UCB is a highly respected biopharmaceutical company with a broad global presence and a deep pipeline. We’re very pleased to be commencing this collaboration with UCB whom we believe have some tremendous targets for our Transcend vector,” said Rob Hutchison, CEO. “The interest from within the industry on our Transcend technology is clearly widening and this agreement with UCB is a prime example of that. The work will start over the next few months and carry into the New Year. We are looking forward to working with the UCB scientists to successfully achieve the objectives we have set out in agreement.”
Financial Terms were not disclosed.
UCB, Brussels, Belgium (www.ucb.com) is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines and solutions to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases of the immune system or of the central nervous system. With more than 8,000 people in about 40 countries, the company generated revenue of EUR 3.2 billion in 2011. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB).
ABOUT BIOASIS & TRANSCEND
biOasis Technologies Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development and commercialization of products for the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases and disorders. Its products and technologies are intended for use within the healthcare and life science research markets. biOasis is developing a proprietary carrier for the transport of therapeutic and imaging agents across the blood-brain barrier – Transcend. Current initiatives within the Transcend program include production of materials for preclinical studies and conjugation to a range of small molecule and biologic therapeutics. To address the unmet clinical need to transport drugs across the blood brain barrier, biOasis intends to license Transcend to multiple corporate partners.
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Robin Hutchison Chairman & CEO