MultiCell and University Health Network Will Evaluate Two Potential Therapies for Liver Cancer Treatment
WOONSOCKET, R.I., July 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — MultiCell Technologies, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: MCET) (“MultiCell”) today announced that it entered into a sponsored research agreement with University Health Network pursuant to which Anand Ghanekar, M.D., Ph.D., of the University Health Network’s Toronto General Hospital, will direct research activities relating to the evaluation of MultiCell’s product candidates MCT-465 and MCT-485, in in vitro models for the treatment of primary liver cancer. The mechanism of action of MCT-465 and MCT-485 and their potential selective effect on liver cancer stem cells will also be evaluated.
The role of liver stem cells in the carcinogenic process has led researchers to hypothesize that primary liver cancer arises by maturation arrest of liver stem cells. While progress has been made in developing cancer therapies that result in cytoreduction, the control of cancer over a longer interval and especially of metastatic disease remains a key goal. Cancer stem cells are believed to be responsible for cancer relapse by being less sensitive to conventional therapies. MultiCell owns exclusive rights to several issued U.S. patents and corresponding foreign patents related to the isolation and differentiation of liver stem cells.
Primary liver cancer resulting from Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C infection is the most common cancer in the world with more than 1 million new cases diagnosed each year. Primary liver cancer is rarely discovered early and often does not respond to treatment.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Ghanekar and his colleagues at Toronto General Hospital,” said W. Gerald Newmin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MultiCell. “Dr. Ghanekar is one of the leading researchers in the field of liver cancer, and we are hopeful MCT-465 and MCT-485 will prove effective when evaluated in models of primary liver cancer,” Mr. Newmin stated.
About MultiCell Technologies, Inc.
MultiCell Technologies, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics and discovery tools that address unmet medical needs for the treatment of neurological disorders, hepatic disease and cancer. For more information about MultiCell Technologies, please visit http://www.multicelltech.com.
About University Health Network
University Health Network, consisting of Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital, is one of Canada’s largest research hospitals. Among many discoveries, researchers at University Health Network were first to discover the existence of cancer stem cells. Primary funding for the University Health Network comes from Canada’s Ontario Ministry of Health. For more information about the University Health Network, please visit http://www.uhn.ca.
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