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iCo Therapeutics Provides iCo-009 (Oral Amphotericin B) Pharmacokinetic Results

VANCOUVER, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - iCo Therapeutics Inc. (TSX-V: ICO) is pleased to announce a series of positive experiments investigating the systemic bioavailability of amphotericin B following oral administration. iCo-009 is iCo's oral formulation of Amphotericin B, a broad spectrum antifungal drug which currently can only be delivered by intravenous (IV) infusion. Results indicate that oral administration of iCo-009 results in blood levels that are comparable to a known IV Amphotericin B product currently on the market.

In both aspergillus fumigatus and candida albicans rat models, iCo-009 has shown significant antifungal activity with no observable kidney toxicity as assessed by serum creatinine concentrations. Preclinical studies profiling the tissue distribution of iCo-009 in the kidney, liver, spleen, lung, brain and heart are currently underway.

"These studies are encouraging as they help us gain further understanding of the potential of iCo-009 and the underlying drug delivery technology," stated Andrew Rae, iCo's President & CEO. "To show comparable blood levels to existing commercial versions of Amphotericin B, which are administered via IV infusion, is exciting to us as there is a clear commercial and medical need for an oral antifungal with the strength and breadth of action of Amphotericin."

iCo-009 was developed by Drs. Kishor & Ellen Wasan at the University of British Columbia. iCo Therapeutics acquired the worldwide exclusive rights to iCo-009 from UBC in May 2008. 

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 I for the treatment of Diabetic Macular Edema, iCo-008, a product with Phase II clinical history to be developed for severe ocular allergies, and iCo-009, an oral reformulation of Amphotericin B for sight and life - threatening diseases. iCo-009 also represents a new drug delivery technology with the potential to reprofile other parenterally administered drugs to the oral route of administration. iCo Therapeutics trades on the TSX-Venture exchange under the symbol "ICO". For more information, visit the company website at:


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Posted: October 2008