Upstream Biosciences Inc.

Upstream Biosciences Inc.

October 29, 2007 08:00 ET

Upstream Biosciences CEO Appointed to Uganda Presidential Business Advisory Group

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 29, 2007) - Upstream Biosciences Inc. (OTCBB:UPBS) today announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Joel L. Bellenson, has been appointed to the Ugandan government's Presidential Investors' Roundtable (PIRT), a new business council which was recently established to advise the government on improving the investment climate in Uganda and increasing foreign direct investment in the country. The PIRT is comprised of 21 distinguished business leaders focusing on specific areas of economic development. Mr. Bellenson has been appointed to serve on the biotechnology sub-sector of the Agribusiness committee.

The Ministry of Health of Uganda recently issued a letter of intent confirming its plans to collaborate with Upstream on the development of the company's novel therapeutic compounds to treat topical parasitic diseases, focusing initially on African sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis. These parasites, which belong to a family of protozoa species that include Chagas disease and malaria, infect millions of individuals annually. Upstream's drug candidates have demonstrated encouraging potential in vitro and may have application in both human and animal forms of these diseases.

"I am honored to accept this appointment to the Uganda Presidential Investors' Roundtable," said Mr. Bellenson. "Building collaborative relationships with government and global public health organizations is a key element of our strategy. We are therefore very pleased to have the opportunity to further strengthen our relationship with the government of Uganda, which has already formally indicated its interest in working with Upstream to support our drug development programs for tropical parasitic diseases."

Upstream has been actively working with African officials to build collaborations for the development of its drug candidates for African sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis. Last month the company participated in the International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control conference in Angola and it recently signed a letter of intent with the Ministry of Health of Uganda to collaborate on the development of its drugs for both veterinary and human applications.

About Upstream Biosciences Inc.

Founded in 2004, Upstream Biosciences is an emerging leader in the discovery and development of novel drugs for tropical parasitic diseases and in the development of genetic diagnostics for cancer susceptibility and drug response. Upstream's innovative approach to drug discovery and its proprietary data mining pipeline enable it to apply advanced computational approaches to generating novel drug candidates and to locating and analyzing the genetic variations important to disease progression and drug response. For more information visit

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Contact Information

  • GendeLLindheim BioCom Partners
    Barbara Lindheim
    (212) 918-4650
    Upstream Biosciences Inc.
    Samantha Haynes