Kane Biotech Receives an Additional Contribution From NRC-IRAP to Develop Its DispersinB(R) Antibiofilm Wound Gel Product
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/05/09 -- Kane Biotech Inc. (TSX VENTURE: KNE), a biotechnology company engaged in the development of products that prevent and disperse microbial biofilms, is pleased to announce that the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) has increased its contribution to Kane Biotech by $150,000 bringing the total amount to $555,000. The additional contribution will be applied to the development of the Company's novel antibiofilm topical wound gel containing its patented DispersinB® technology. DispersinB® wound gel is being developed to treat chronic wound infections.
"We are very pleased with the continued support from NRC-IRAP for the development of DispersinB®," stated Gord Froehlich, President and CEO of Kane Biotech. "We believe this is transformative technology for chronic wound infections, which are a serious and debilitating complication of vascular disease, diabetes and prolonged immobility, and that our technology can fill a huge unmet clinical need that costs the U.S. healthcare system $20 billion per year."
NRC-IRAP provides a range of both technical and business oriented advisory services along with potential financial support to growth-oriented Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises. Working directly with these clients, NRC-IRAP supports innovative research and development and commercialization of new products and services.
Biofilms are a major cause of a number of serious medical problems in humans and animals including chronic and medical device related infections. They develop on surfaces such as catheters and prosthetic implants, inner ears, teeth, gums, lungs and the urogenital tract. Biofilms are pervasive and costly to the healthcare industry; approximately 80% of all human bacterial infections involve biofilms.
About Kane Biotech Inc.
Kane Biotech is a biotechnology company engaged in the development of products to prevent and disperse biofilms. Biofilms develop when bacteria, and other microorganisms, form a protective matrix that acts as a shield against attack. When in a biofilm, bacteria become highly resistant to antibiotics, biocides, disinfectants, high temperatures and host immune responses. This resiliency contributes to human health problems such as recurrent urinary tract infections, medical device associated infections and tooth decay.
Kane Biotech uses a patent protected technology based on molecular mechanisms of biofilm formation and methods for finding compounds that inhibit or disrupt biofilms. The Company has evidence that this technology has potential to significantly improve the ability to prevent and/or destroy biofilms in several medical and industrial applications.
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Released February 5, 2009