Amorfix to set up vCJD assay in UK to continue validation process



    TSX: AMF

    TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Amorfix Life Sciences, a company focused on
treatments and diagnostics for brain wasting diseases, announced today that it
will set up the EP-vCJD(TM) assay system in the Prion Laboratory at the
British National Institute for Biological Standards and Controls (NIBSC)
outside London and begin to test fresh human blood samples as part of the
ongoing assay validation process announced earlier this year. Based on the
performance of its EP-vCJD(TM) assay, Amorfix received and accepted an
invitation from the British government to further qualify the specificity of
the assay using British blood donor samples to be supplied by the National
Blood Service.
    "We welcome the continued assistance of the UK government to validate our
test for vCJD," said Dr. George Adams, Chief Executive Officer of Amorfix.
"The establishment of the test system in the UK will facilitate the testing of
fresh blood donor samples as we continue to verify that the assay is suitable
for prevalence studies and routine testing of donor blood."
    Recent evidence has suggested that 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 assure 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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