Sirona Biochem Announces Primate Results for SGLT Inhibitor for Type 2 Diabetes

Vancouver, British Columbia – June 20, 2012 – Sirona Biochem Corp. (TSX-V: SBM, OTC: SRBCF, Frankfurt: ZSB), announced today results from a preclinical study of its sodium glucose transporter (SGLT) inhibitor in monkeys. When administered orally, Sirona Biochem’s SGLT inhibitor, SBM-TFC-039, triggered glucosuria in a dose-dependent manner. In addition, the glucosuria effect was robust for the full 24 hours studied.

“At the recent American Diabetes Association meeting in Philadelphia, it was apparent that SGLT inhibitors are a potentially ground-breaking treatment for Type 2 diabetes,” said Dr. Howard Verrico, President and CEO of Sirona Biochem. “Preclinical results of our SGLT inhibitor, SBM-TFC-039, in multiple species have consistently demonstrated its efficacy and we are exploring data that may differentiate SBM-TFC-039 from the other SGLT inhibitors in development,” he added.

SBM-TFC-039 is an SGLT inhibitor drug candidate for Type 2 diabetes. In the kidneys, SGLT inhibitors reduce the reabsorption of glucose into the bloodstream by eliminating excess glucose into the urine.

SBM-TFC-039 has been tested acutely and chronically in a rodent diabetic model, in addition to the latest study in primates. In those tests, SBM-TFC-039 has consistently demonstrated a glucose-lowering effect in a dose-dependent manner.

About Sirona Biochem Corp.
Sirona Biochem is a biotechnology company developing diabetes therapeutics, cancer vaccine antigens, skin depigmenting and anti-aging agents for cosmetic use, and biological ingredients. The company utilizes a proprietary chemistry technique to improve pharmaceutical properties of carbohydrate-based molecules. For more information visit www.sironabiochem.com.

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For more information regarding this press release, contact:

Julie Jang
Director, Communications
Sirona Biochem Corp.
Phone: 604.282.6065
Email: jjang@sironabiochem.com
 

Posted: June 2012

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