MultiCell Signs License Agreement With Eisai Japan to Use Fa2N-4 Cell Line for Drug Discovery/ADMETOX Applications
SAN DIEGO, April 24, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MultiCell Technologies, Inc. , has executed a five year licensing agreement with Eisai Co., Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, one of the world's top 25 pharmaceutical companies.
MultiCell has granted Eisai a 5-year nonexclusive license to use MultiCell's Fa2N-4 immortalized human hepatocyte cells and MFE(TM) culture media for drug discovery/ADMETOX applications at Eisai's Tsukuba Research Laboratories, located in Japan.
"Eisai has been using our Fa2N-4 cells and culture media for several years under a sub-license agreement granted by XenoTech LLC, our previous licensee. Our new, direct agreement with Eisai is another validation of the value of our proprietary immortalized cell lines for drug discovery/ADMETOX applications," stated Dr. Stephen Chang, President and Chief Executive Officer of Multicell Technologies.
A fundamental understanding of how the body metabolizes and reacts to drugs will lead to the creation of safer and more effective medicines. Cytochrome P450s (CYPs) are a family of phase I liver enzymes that catalyze the primary metabolism of most drugs. CYP3A4 is responsible for the metabolism of at least 40% of all ingested drugs. Pharmacological induction of CYPs and related drug metabolizing enzymes often leads to drug-drug interactions and/or altered metabolism and clearance of the drug itself. MultiCell's immortalized human hepatocytes, when used in combination with the Company's serum-free MFE(TM) culture medium, are the ideal liver cells to reliably predict CYP induction and hepatotoxicity. MultiCell's immortalized human hepatocyte cell lines continue to express multiple inducible CYPs, including CYPs 1A2, 2B6, 2C9 and 3A4.
About MultiCell Technologies
MultiCell Technologies, Inc. is developing first-in-class drugs based on advanced immune system modulation technologies, and is an integrated biopharmaceutical company committed to the development of breakthrough therapeutics based on a portfolio of therapeutic candidates and patented drug development technologies. MultiCell's drug development program focuses on modulation of the immune system.
MultiCell's therapeutic pipeline includes:
MCT-125 a Phase IIb drug for the treatment of chronic fatigue in MS patients.
MCT-175 for the treatment of relapsing-remitting MS. MCT-275 for the treatment of juvenile diabetes. MCT-465 for the treatment of virus infection and cancer. MCT-475 for the treatment of colorectal cancer.
The Company also holds unique cell-based technology for use in drug discovery screening applications, and is a leading producer of the cell lines needed by the pharmaceutical industry to develop new drugs. For more information about MultiCell Technologies, please visit http://www.multicelltech.com.
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Posted: April 2007