WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - May 31, 2011) -Kane Biotech Inc. (TSX VENTURE:KNE), a biotechnology company engaged in the development and commercialization of products that prevent and remove microbial biofilms is pleased to announce it has been awarded a contract by the United States Army Dental and Trauma Research Detachment (USADTRD) to develop an antibiofilm-antimicrobial wound gel formulation comprising Kane Biotech's DispersinB(R) antibiofilm enzyme and the US Army's KSL-W antimicrobial peptide. The awarding of this contract is part of a continued collaborative effort in accordance with the previously announced Cooperative Research and Development Agreement for Material Transfer (CRADA-MT) signed with the U.S. Army's Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
The scope of work includes: (i) formulation of the wound gel; (ii) standardization of sterilization and methods to determine the concentrations of both the active and inactive ingredients; (iii) determination of antibiofilm and antimicrobial activity against wound infection-associated bacteria; and (iv) comparison of antibiofilm-antimicrobial activity of the wound gel with that of selected commercially available antimicrobial wound gels.
"We are honored to continue our work with the US Army Dental and Trauma Research Detachment to help develop their combat wound gel formulation and to have our DispersinB technology play a key role in biofilm impaired wound healing," stated Gord Froehlich, President and CEO of Kane Biotech Inc. "The deleterious effect of bacterial infection on wound healing has been known for decades and the control of biofilm-embedded and antibiotic resistant bacteria are recognized as critical factors in wound care management."
About Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research has an overarching mission to conduct biomedical research focused on the health and medical readiness of US military personnel, to ensure that America's war-fighters are equipped with the most effective medical defenses and treatments relative to international health threats. The WRAIR fulfills its mission by conducting innovative basic and applied biomedical research and development of technologies to: (i) prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases; (ii) treat and transport combat casualties; (iii) prevent and minimize operational stress and health hazards; and (iv) prevent and treat casualties from biological and chemical agents.
About Kane Biotech Inc.
Kane Biotech is a biotechnology company engaged in the development and commercialization of products to prevent and remove biofilms. Biofilms are a major cause of a number of serious medical problems including chronic infections and medical device related infections. They develop on surfaces such as catheters, prosthetic implants, teeth, lungs and the urogenital tract. Biofilms are pervasive, costly to deal with and are involved in approximately 80% of all human bacterial infections. The healing of chronic wounds alone costs the United States health care system $20 Billion per year.
Kane Biotech uses patent protected technologies based on molecular mechanisms of biofilm formation/dispersal and methods for finding compounds that inhibit or disrupt biofilms. The Company has evidence that these technologies have potential to significantly improve the ability to prevent and/or destroy biofilms in several medical and industrial applications.
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