Amorfix sets up vCJD blood screening assay in UK and begins to test blood donor samples



    TSX: AMF

    TORONTO, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - Amorfix Life Sciences, a company focused on
treatments and diagnostics for brain wasting diseases, announced today it has
set up the EP-vCJD(TM) assay system in the Prion Laboratory at the British
National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) and has begun
to test fresh human blood samples as part of the ongoing assay validation
process announced earlier this year.
    "NIBSC and the UK National Blood Service have been exceedingly helpful in
establishing the performance of the EP-vCJD(TM) assay on routine samples from
blood donors," said Dr. George Adams, Chief Executive Officer of Amorfix. "We
expect to finish this alpha-site testing program in a month and demonstrate
the required specificity for the assay."
    Experts in the UK believe people may be infected for decades before
showing signs of vCJD. The number of people who contracted the disease by
consuming BSE-positive products is unknown. To date, four people have been
reported to have been infected through blood transfusion from donors who later
developed symptoms and died from vCJD. Blood transfusion services in low-risk
countries refuse to take blood from people who have lived in or visited
high-risk countries, where BSE-positive cattle were prevalent, to slow the
potential spread of the disease. A screening test for vCJD would allow more
people to be blood donors and increase the safety of the blood transfusion
services worldwide.

    About Amorfix

    Amorfix Life Sciences Ltd. (TSX:AMF) is a theranostics company developing
therapeutic products and diagnostic devices targeting brain-wasting diseases
including ALS, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease and variant
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD). Amorfix's proprietary Epitope Protection(TM)
(EP) technology enables it to specifically identify very low levels of
aggregated misfolded proteins (AMP) in a sample of normal protein. Aggregated
misfolded proteins are a common element of many brain wasting diseases and the
ability to identify AMPs and understand their structure and mechanism of
folding are the first steps to developing new treatments for these devastating
diseases. Amorfix's lead programs are a diagnostic blood screening test for
vCJD and a therapy for ALS.

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For further information:

For further information: Dr. George Adams, President & Chief Executive
Officer, Amorfix Life Sciences Ltd., Tel: (416) 847-6959, Fax: (416) 847-6899,
george.adams@amorfix.com; James Parsons, Chief Financial Officer, Amorfix Life
Sciences Ltd., Tel: (416) 847-6929, Fax: (416) 847-6899,
james.parsons@amorfix.com

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