For Immediate Release October 24, 2011
VANCOUVER, Canada— iCo Therapeutics Inc. (TSX-V: ICO) is pleased to announce that the company’s oral Amphotericin B delivery system will be the subject of three poster presentations at the 2011 AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition, being held October 23 – 27, 2011 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC USA.
The oral Amphotericin B delivery system has also been highlighted in an AAPS press release titled, “A Novel Oral Treatment for Leishmaniasis Has Potential to Save Thousands of Lives”.
Poster # M1022: “Development of a Novel Tropically Stable Oral Formulation of Amphotericin B for the Treatment of Visceral Leishmaniasis”.
Poster # T3082: “Tropically stable oral formulation of Amphotericin B (iCo-010): Biodistribution and toxicity in a mouse model”.
Poster # T3053: “Biodistribution of Amphotericin B in mice following multiple dose administration of a novel oral lipid-based formulation (iCo-009) versus water-based suspension of Amphotericin B”.
About iCo’s Oral Amphotericin B Delivery System
Amphotericin B (AmpB), the gold standard for systemic antifungal drugs, is a highly efficacious drug that has a 50+ year history of intravenous therapy; yet no oral formulations are currently commercially available.
Preclinical research indicates that iCo’s oral Amphotericin B formulations are highly efficacious and exhibit no toxicity within the dosage range required for the treatment of systemic fungal infections and visceral leishmaniasis (VL). iCo’s oral Amphotericin B was the subject of the first ever publication of an oral Amphotericin B eradicating the parasite responsible for VL (The Journal of Infectious Diseases Aug 2009 Volume 200(3): 357–360). Administration of the highest dose resulted in 99.8% inhibition of the parasite.
About Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL)
VL is a parasitic disease affecting 12 million people worldwide, with 500,000 new infections every year. VL is the second largest parasitic killer after malaria and if left untreated, it can have a fatality rate of 100% within two years (World Health Organization).
About iCo Therapeutics
iCo Therapeutics Inc. is a Vancouver-based reprofiling company focused on redosing or reformulating drugs with clinical history for new or expanded indications. iCo has exclusive worldwide rights to three products: iCo-007, in Phase 2 for the treatment of Diabetic Macular Edema (DME), iCo-008 (Bertilimumab), a product with Phase 2 clinical history to be developed for sight threatening diseases; and an oral Amphotericin B delivery system for life-threatening infectious diseases. Immune Pharmaceuticals licensed systemic rights to iCo-008 in June 2011. iCo trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “ICO”. For more information, visit the Company website at: www.icotherapeutics.com.
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Forward Looking Statements
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