News for Release October 16,
2006 at 10:00 a.m.
Jeffrey J. Kraws/Karen B. Goldfarb
Crystal Research Associates, LLC
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Crystal Research Associates, LLC Issues Executive Informational Overview® (EIO®) on Medgenics Inc.
Medgenics Inc. (“Medgenics” or “the Company”) is a closely held biopharmaceutical company developing a platform technology to provide sustained-action protein therapy for the treatment of a range of diseases, starting with anemia and hepatitis C. As an alternative to today’s protein therapy which involves frequent bolus injections of proteins, Medgenics is developing a biological pump, called the Biopump, made using the patient’s own skin. Directly addressing the majority of the $51 billion market for injected proteins, the Biopump works inside a patient’s body to produce and deliver the active protein steadily for a sustained duration in order to treat a targeted indication. The Biopump platform employs a sliver of dermal tissue, which is harvested from under a patient’s skin and engineered to manufacture and distribute the required therapeutic protein. Dermal tissue is processed ex vivo and transduced with a viral vector having non-immunogenic properties, which carries the appropriate gene into the nuclei of the tissue’s cells and causes the cells to produce the selected protein, converting the dermal tissue into a sustained-action Biopump. Ten days after the initial harvest, the Biopump is implanted back into the patient, where it is designed to supply the active protein to the patient for at least four to six months. The Biopump creates a protein production plant within the patient, intended to alleviate the need for frequent, costly, and painful injections and to avoid their side effects.
Medgenics has already shown
proof-of-principle of the Biopump to deliver erythropoietin (EPO) in a clinical
trial to anemic patients, and has demonstrated semi-automated devices that when
fully developed, may enable safe, reliable, and cost-effective implementation
of the method at local clinics. The Company is developing two products based on
its sustained-action Biopump technology: EPODURE producing EPO to treat anemia,
and INFRADURE producing interferon-alpha (IFN-α) to treat hepatitis C.
Medgenics plans to commence efficacy trials for EPODURE within 12 months. The
Company believes its Biopump platform is able to provide a pipeline of
sustained-action protein drugs capable of offering treatment for a range of
other illnesses/conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), hemophilia,
pediatric growth deficiencies, muscle atrophy, cancer, obesity, wound healing,
diabetes, arthritis, and others. Medgenics is a U.S.-based company with a
wholly owned subsidiary, Medgenics Medical Israel, Inc., in
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