Vancouver, British Columbia–(Business Wire)– biOasis Technologies, Inc. today announced that it has received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its patent application titled “Use of P97 as an Enzyme Delivery System for the Delivery of Therapeutic Lysosomal Enzymes,” US Patent Application Number 12/729,792. The Notice of Allowance is the USPTO’s official communication that the Company’s application has successfully completed examination and that a patent will be issued upon final review and payment of the issue fee. The addition of this new patent to biOasis’ growing intellectual property portfolio will be another key value component of biOasis drug development efforts focused on developing valuable therapies to address important unmet medical needs.
The allowed claims of this patent application cover methods of using the Company’s Transcend brain penetrating drug delivery vector coupled to a lysosomal storage disease enzyme for the treatment of lysosomal storage diseases. Specifically, the enzymes claimed in the allowed patent application include those that are used clinically as enzyme replacement therapies to treat lysosomal storage diseases such as Hunter Syndrome, Hurler syndrome and others.
ABOUT LYSOSOMAL STORAGE DISEASES
Lysosomal storage diseases are inherited metabolic disorders caused by a deficiency in lysosomal enzymes, of which approximately fifty have been described to date. These diseases usually affect children, many of whom die within several years of birth and some following years of dealing with symptoms of the disease that may include developmental delay, movement disorders, seizures, dementia, deafness and blindness. The most effective therapeutic strategy is for replacement of the missing enzyme. However, no currently approved therapeutic enzyme is able to effectively treat the effects of these diseases on the central nervous system. Despite the limitations of existing products, market revenues have exceeded $2 billion for each of the past three years.
biOasis Technologies Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Vancouver, 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 diseases such as neurodegeneration, metastatic cancer and metabolic diseases. biOasis trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “BTI”. For more information about the Company please visit www.bioasis.ca.
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biOasis Technologies Inc.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors
Rob Hutchison, 778-383-3280
Chairman & CEO