LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 12, 2016) - Sernova Corp. (TSX VENTURE:SVA)(OTCQB:SEOVF)(FRANKFURT:PSH), a clinical stage company developing disruptive regenerative medicine technologies for the long-term treatment of chronic diseases including diabetes and hemophilia, is pleased to announce today it has entered into a research funding agreement with JDRF, the leading global organization funding and advocating for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The purpose of the funding is to advance human clinical trials of Sernova's CPS technologies for treatment of hypoglycemia unawareness patients with severe type 1 diabetes. T1D is a life-threatening disease in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks and kills the pancreatic cells that produce insulin-a hormone that is essential for life because of its role to help the body use glucose.
JDRF will provide Sernova up to $2.45 million USD to support a clinical trial at a major transplantation center in the United States. The goal of the study is to provide patients with hypoglycemia unawareness a novel cell therapy treatment utilizing Sernova's proprietary, highly vascularized, cell macroencapsulated implantable and scalable device to reduce or eliminate the need for injections of exogenous insulin.
"JDRF has previously provided funding to advance the development of Sernova's technologies through a preclinical collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, and we are proud to continue our support as Sernova's technologies progress into new safety and efficacy clinical trials," said Derek Rapp, JDRF President and CEO. "JDRF is excited about this collaboration, which advances research in encapsulated cell therapies, and will continue to drive progress toward our mission to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications."
"Sernova and JDRF are tightly aligned in our vision to see cell-based therapies developed to reduce disease burden and significantly increase the quality of life for people living with T1D," remarked Dr. Philip Toleikis, Sernova's President and CEO. "We see our work with JDRF on this important clinical trial as an exciting opportunity to more rapidly advance Sernova's therapies to treat people with diabetes and address many of the shortcomings and challenges of current insulin therapy."
"Sernova's progression to human clinical trials is an incredible accomplishment in the global diabetes research agenda," said Dave Prowten, President and CEO of JDRF Canada. "I am particularly proud of this trial being a part of the JDRF portfolio because it supports advancements of the best and brightest research minds in Canada at Sernova. Also, this is a shining example of the international collaboration fostered by projects funded by JDRF. Working together with our global partners, we can accelerate this type of transformative research and ensure it becomes available for the T1D community."
To date, there is no cure for T1D, and people living with the disease are dependent on insulin therapy to help keep their blood-sugar levels from spiking too high, which can lead to long-term complications such as kidney and heart diseases or an acute, potentially deadly health crisis. Present-day insulin therapy is, however, an imperfect treatment method that requires people with T1D to carefully monitor their blood sugar throughout the day and take multiple, calculated doses of insulin based on food intake, exercise, stress, illness and other factors. A miscalculation or unexpected variable leading to high or low blood sugar episodes are daily threats, and only a third of people with T1D achieve their long-term blood glucose targets, placing them at risk for T1D-related health complications.
Sernova Corp is a clinical stage regenerative medicine Company developing highly disruptive medical technologies to improve the treatment and quality of life of people with chronic debilitating metabolic diseases such as insulin-dependent diabetes, blood disorders including hemophilia, and other diseases treated through replacement of proteins or hormones missing or in short supply within the body. Sernova is developing the Cell Pouch System, an implantable medical device which forms highly vascularized chambers, ideal for therapeutic cells (donor, xenogeneic or stem cell derived therapeutic cells) which then release proteins and/or hormones as required to treat disease. For more information, please visit Sernova.com or follow us on Twitter: @SernovaCorp
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested nearly $2 billion in research funding since our inception. We are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers throughout the United States and our six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit jdrf.org or follow us on Twitter: @JDRF
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