SOURCE: Generex Biotechnology

June 13, 2006 09:30 ET

Generex Biotechnology Supported Research Has Podium Presentation at the American Diabetes Association Annual Meeting

TORONTO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 13, 2006 -- Generex Biotechnology Corporation (NASDAQ: GNBT) announced today that internationally renowned diabetes investigators Professor Paolo Pozzilli and Dr. Marta Vadacca, both of the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes at University Campus Bio-Medico, Rome, Italy, made a podium presentation of the results of a research project sponsored by Antigen Express, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, at the 66th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association held June 9 - 13, 2006 in Washington, D.C.

The American Diabetes Association ( is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching hundreds of communities. The mission of the Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Professor Pozzilli and Dr. Vadacca presented a paper entitled Ii-Key/Insulin MHC Class-II Antigenic Epitope Peptides in Type 1 Diabetes co-authored by Robert E. Humphreys, Nikoletta L. Kallinteris, Luciana Valente, and Giuditta Valorani.

The investigators described the potential of the Antigen Express technologies to more sensitively and accurately diagnose patients with Type 1 diabetes which could lead to the identification of subjects at high risk for the disease. Type 1 diabetes, which occurs in children and young adults, is frequently associated with an autoimmune response to insulin. Using fragments of the insulin protein (peptides) modified by proprietary 'Ii-Key' technologies developed by Antigen Express, it was possible to detect T helper immune cells in the peripheral blood of some patients with recent onset Type 1 diabetes that had developed an aberrant autoimmune response to insulin. Unmodified insulin peptides were inactive in picking up activated T cells. Given that the clinical management of diabetics is different depending on whether or not there is a specific autoimmune response, this technology offers hope for earlier intervention in the management of diabetics to help prevent some of the long-term debilitating effects of diabetes. While not addressed in the current studies, the identification of Ii-Key-modified insulin peptides that are more sensitively recognized by immune cells offers hope for being able to specifically suppress the autoimmune cause of Type 1 diabetes.

About Generex

Generex is engaged in the research and development of drug delivery systems and technologies. Generex has developed a proprietary platform technology for the delivery of drugs into the human body through the oral cavity (with no deposit in the lungs). The Company's proprietary liquid formulations allow drugs typically administered by injection to be absorbed into the body by the lining of the inner mouth using the Company's proprietary RapidMist™ device. The Company's flagship product, oral insulin (Generex Oral-lyn™), which has been approved for commercial sale in Ecuador for the treatment of patients with Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes, is in various stages of clinical trials around the world. Antigen Express is a wholly owned subsidiary of Generex. The core platform technologies of Antigen Express comprise immunotherapeutics for the treatment of malignant, infectious, allergic, and autoimmune diseases.

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