ImmuneRegen BioSciences Announces Promising Data on HomsperaSuggesting Potential as a Co-Therapeutic AgentCompound Could Be Utilized as an Adjuvant and Play Key Role in the Treatment of Influenza and Cancer
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 20, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ImmuneRegen BioSciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of IR BioSciences Holdings, Inc. , announced today that data obtained by the Company on its Substance P analog, Homspera, suggests that the compound has potential value as a co-therapeutic agent or vaccine adjuvant. Studies performed in animal models of influenza and acute radiation syndrome have revealed the potential capability of Homspera to enhance the action of approved antiviral medications as well as to provide adjunctive impact on antitumor radiation therapy.
Studies performed in the cotton rat model of influenza at Virion Systems, Inc. (VSI, a Maryland biotechnology corporation) have revealed the ability of Homspera to diminish the impact of influenza virus infection on animal weight loss and temperature. In addition, viral titers were found to be decreased up to 90% in lungs and nose of treated animals.
The Company believes that, in conjunction with a neuraminidase inhibitor such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu(R), Roche Pharmaceuticals), Homspera might be an effective adjuvant therapeutic by decreasing the number of viruses at which this enzyme would need to be inhibited.
Potential also exists for Homspera to be used as an adjuvant therapy for cancer patients, as treatment often includes radiation following chemotherapy, in an attempt to kill more of the cancer cells. Survival data from gamma- irradiated mice studies and mechanistic studies in cell culture have shown indications of hematopoietic stem cell replenishment of circulating leukocytes and platelets, which could be of value in radiation-treated cancer patients.
Studies in cell culture have revealed elevations in components of the innate immune system that are consistent with Toll-like Receptor activation, a postulated mechanism by which vaccine adjuvants accomplish their immunosensitization. Additionally, the anti-anthrax activity reported by Homspera is similarly consistent with activation of components of innateimmunity that have been reported to have anti-anthrax activity, such as defensins. "While these results from the use of Homspera are preliminary, we believe that upcoming studies in non-human primates may provide confirmation that Homspera could play an important role, in conjunction with other therapies, in improving treatment outcomes in influenza and cancer, two large- market opportunities," said ImmuneRegen's CEO Michael Wilhelm. "With the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries increasingly focused on adjunctive therapies, we are committed to accelerating development of this promising compound."
Since the identification of a single therapeutic with both immunoadjuvant capabilities plus the ability to enhance maturation and mobility of stem cells might be of significant therapeutic significance, the Company plans future studies to explore this opportunity in more detail.
About ImmuneRegen BioSciences, Inc.
IR BioSciences Holdings Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary ImmuneRegen BioSciences, Inc., is a development stage biotechnology company focused on the research and development of Homspera(TM) and its derivatives Radilex(TM) and Viprovex(TM), which are designed to be used as countermeasures for multiple homeland security bioterrorism threats. Homspera is derived from modified Substance P, a naturally occurring peptide immunomodulator and homeostatic compound with the dual effect of improving pulmonary function and the stimulation of the human immune system.
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Posted: March 2007