Advanced Biotherapy Completes Investigational Pilot Clinical Trial in Genital Herpes
WOODLAND HILLS, CA -- Jan. 19, 2005 -- Advanced Biotherapy, Inc. (OTCBB:ADVB), dedicated to pioneering the development and use of therapeutic antibodies, announced that the Company completed a pilot investigational study using antibodies to interferon-gamma in the treatment of patients suffering from Genital Herpes at the Department of Skin and Venereal Diseases, Russian State Medical University, Moscow, Russia.
Mr. Edmond Buccellato, President and CEO, stated, “Patients with recurrent herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) genital lesions were treated topically for several days with our investigational antibodies to interferon-gamma. Our principal investigators reported that itching and pain were relieved within hours of the application of the antibody, and the eroded area of the skin epithelialized within 3-4 days. Observation continues. Research indicates that the HSV-2 causing recurrent genital lesions may belong to a special category of viruses, such as HIV and certain other viruses, in which interferons promote rather than stop viral replication. The idea of such a category of viruses was proposed several years ago by Dr. S. Skurkovich, our head of research and development.”
Genital herpes, for which there is no specific cure, is almost always sexually transmitted. It can be a very painful disease manifested as a rash, bumps, blisters, cuts, or sores in or around the genital area accompanied by itching, burning, tingling, or swelling.
Mr. Buccellato concluded, “We continue to significantly expand our intellectual property estate regarding ’field of use’ not only related to antibodies and other inhibitors to interferon-gamma, but also for use of inhibitors to other cytokines, such as TNF-a and IL-1, for therapeutic purposes.”
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 45 million people in the United States ages 12 and older, or 1 out of 5 of the total adolescent and adult population, are infected with HSV-2. Because the infection is so widespread, the Company puts great significance on this work.
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The Company, a pioneer in anticytokine therapy, has demonstrated the effectiveness of its pioneering scientific strategy by conducting investigational clinical trials treating patients suffering from AIDS, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, corneal transplant rejection and certain autoimmune skin conditions, including psoriasis, and alopecia, all Th1 mediated autoimmune diseases which appear to have the same proinflammatory Th-1 activity. Advanced Biotherapy is headquartered in Los Angeles with laboratories in Columbia, Maryland. The company has an extensive patent portfolio including 7 issued patents and over 38 patents pending.
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