biOasis and collaborators from Alexandria University, Egypt; Texas Tech University HSC, Amarillo, Texas and; the West Virginia University HSC, School of Pharmacy, Morgantown, WV; Presents Progress in Developing a Novel Therapy to Treat Brain Metastases of Breast Cancer
Vancouver, British Columbia–(Business Wire)– biOasis Technologies Inc. (TSXV: BTI; OTCQX: BIOAF), a pioneering biopharmaceutical company focused on overcoming the limitations of therapeutic drug delivery across the blood-brain barrier, will present results from its BT2111 program at the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Cancer Research (AACR) being held April 5th to 9th, 2014, in San Diego, California.
Details of the presentations are as follows:
Presentation 642. Transcend, a protein vector for brain delivery, allows trastuzumab to reach the brain at effective concentration after incorporation to form BT2111 Session: Immune Mechanisms Invoked by Radiation, Apr 6, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Chemotherapy, or Targeted Therapy
Presentation 2653. Anti-cancer antibody trastuzumab-melanotransferrin conjugate (BT2111) for the treatment of metastatic HER2+ breast cancer tumors in the brain: An in vivo study
Session: New Antibodies and Antibody Drug Conjugates Apr 7, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Presentation 2905. The activity of a new class of biologics: trastuzumab conjugates designed to treat brain metastases of HER2+ breast cancers
Session: Prophylactic and Therapeutic Immune-based Apr 7, 1:00 – 5:00 PM Therapies
BT2111 is a hybrid drug candidate consisting of a biOasis’ Transcend delivery vector linked to trastuzumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody used clinically in the treatment of HER2+ breast cancer. It is reported that up to 30% of HER2+ breast cancer patients develop brain metastasis for which therapeutic options are limited. Because of its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, biOasis is developing BT2111 as a potential treatment for brain metastases of HER2+ breast cancer.
About the 105th AACR Annual Meeting
The 105th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, the premier annual cancer research event where the latest and most exciting basic, translational, and clinical discoveries are presented, will be held April 5-9, 2014, in San Diego, California. The theme for this year’s meeting, “Harnessing Breakthroughs – Targeting Cures,” reflects the fact that the translation of basic science into clinical advances for the benefit of cancer patients is occurring at an increasing pace and more seamlessly than ever before. Approximately 18,000 researchers, patient advocates, and other professionals in the cancer field from around the world are scheduled to be in attendance. The 2014 AACR meeting provides a unique opportunity for members of the worldwide cancer research community to learn about cutting-edge advances, obtain feedback on their own research, and make connections that will foster future collaborations. For more information on the 105th AACR Annual Meeting please visit:
Transcend offers the creation of a new class of drugs that can cross the blood-brain barrier to address unmet medical needs in the treatment of brain metastatic cancer and other brain disorders, such as neurodegeneration and metabolic disease. The blood-brain barrier represents the single greatest challenge in treating diseases and other disorders within the brain. Diseases such as cancer are readily treated in many areas of the body, but drugs designed to treat cancer simply cannot penetrate the blood- brain barrier.
Over the past five years, biOasis has developed a unique and novel blood-brain barrier vector called Transcend. Trials in animal models have shown that Transcend can deliver Herceptin®, a chemotherapeutic used to treat HER2-positive breast cancer, in sufficient quantity to the brain to significantly reduce the number of HER2-positive metastatic brain tumors. Further, after only four treatments, the remaining tumor masses were reduced in size by an average of 58%.
Also in animal models, the company has demonstrated that the Transcend vector could deliver a 4-to-8- fold increase of a variety of different therapeutic biologics across the blood-brain-tumor barrier versus the compounds on their own.
The ability to more effectively permeate both the blood-brain and the blood-tumor barrier opens the door for the creation of new drugs designed to treat a wide variety of neurological diseases and disorders. Additionally, Transcend offers the potential to take existing clinically approved drugs that are near their end of patent life and extend them.
biOasis Technologies Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Richmond, BC, Canada. Based on Transcend, biOasis’ proprietary brain delivery platform, the company is focused on creating new drugs that can cross the blood-brain barrier to address unmet medical needs in the treatment of brain disorders such as neurodegeneration, metastatic cancer and metabolic diseases. biOasis trades on the OTCQX under the symbol “BIOAF” and on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “BTI”. For more information about the company please visit www.bioasis.ca.
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