TSX symbol: SBS
CALGARY, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - SemBioSys Genetics Inc. (TSX:SBS) today announced that its Biosimilar Insulin program was featured last night on CTV National News and this morning on Canada AM. The news story and interview highlighted the Company's innovative plant-based production technology for the highly scalable, cost-effective manufacture of Biosimilar Insulin (SBS-1000). In March 2009, SemBioSys announced that in a phase I/II trial SBS-1000 was deemed bioequivalent to Eli Lilly's Humulin(R) R, a commercially available human insulin.
"Plants have been a source of medicine for thousands of years. The innovative nature of our plant-produced platform is drawing interest from pharmaceutical companies due to its ability to provide a low cost insulin alternative for patients that suffer from this chronic disease," said James Szarko, President and CEO of SemBioSys Genetics Inc. "We have received new, and renewed, interest from counterparties that could potentially become international commercialization partners for our Biosimilar Insulin. We are particularly focused on developing world markets where cost-effective insulin enables access to this life-saving therapy."
The CTV National News story will be available online on at www.ctv.ca, and the Canada AM interview will be available online at www.Canadaam.ctv.ca.
The International Diabetes Federation estimates that that 285 million people around the world have diabetes, with an additional 7 million people developing diabetes each year. Four out of five individuals with diabetes live in middle- to low-income countries, with 94 million individuals with diabetes living in India and China alone.
Calgary, Alberta-based SemBioSys is focused on leveraging its unique proprietary platform to manufacture high-value proteins and oils. SemBioSys' seed-based protein production system can provide for its partners product enablement, exceptionally low cost and unprecedented scalability. SemBioSys is applying the platform with high selectivity to products with tremendous clinical promise and value potential. The Company's current pharmaceutical development programs include insulin (SBS-1000, regulated as a biosimilar in Europe) and Apo AI(Milano), a next-generation cardiovascular therapy. SemBioSys is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker SBS. More information is available at www.sembiosys.com.
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