January 22, 2007
VANCOUVER, Canada – iCo Therapeutics Inc. announced today that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the Investigational New Drug (IND) application for iCo-007 to treat diabetic macular edema.
“The success of our IND application brings iCo one step closer to creating an effective treatment for diabetic macular edema”, stated Andrew Rae, President and CEO of iCo Therapeutics. “We look forward to initiating our Phase I clinical trial for diffuse diabetic macular edema in the first half of this year”.
Designed and discovered by Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc., iCo-007 is a second-generation antisense drug that targets c-Raf kinase messenger RNA. iCo-007 is expected to decrease the edema in the retina by decreasing the signaling of various growth factors such as VEGF that signal through the c-raf kinase / MAP kinase pathway. iCo Therapeutics licensed the product in August 2005.
Diabetic Macular Edema
About 45% of diabetics will suffer from diabetic retinopathy – a condition resulting from changes in the blood vessels in the eye. Diabetic macular edema is a swelling of the small area in the centre of the retina and causes difficulty in seeing fine details clearly. The swelling is caused by fluid leaking from abnormal or fragile blood vessels and can result in conditions from mild vision loss to blindness.
About iCo Therapeutics Inc.
iCo Therapeutics Inc. is a Vancouver-based development based company focused on in-licensing drugs with clinical history redosing or reformulating for new or expanded indications. iCo has exclusive worldwide rights to three products. iCo-007, a second generation antisense candidate licensed from Isis Pharmaceuticals, is currently in a Phase I trial in Diabetic Macular Edema patients with compelling early data. iCo-008 is a human monoclonal antibody targeting eotaxin-1 with Phase II clinical history, licensed from AstraZeneca/MedImmune. iCo-009 is a proprietary oral formulation of amphotericin B licensed from the University of British Columbia. To date, iCo has reported positive preclinical results for iCo-009. iCo Therapeutics trades on the TSX-Venture exchange under the symbol “ICO”. For more information, visit the company website at: http://www.icotherapeutics.com
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