ST. MARYS, W.Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ProtoKinetix, Incorporated (OTC: PKTX) (the "Company" or "ProtoKinetix") (www.protokinetix.com) is pleased to announce that CEO Clarence Smith recently returned from visiting Dr. James Shapiro at the University of Alberta. Mr. Smith met with Dr. Shapiro and his impressive team, including Dr. Boris Gala-Lopez. As previously announced, the Company has been heavily involved with the James Shapiro Laboratory for the last 24-months. Dr. Shapiro’s team has conducted extensive tests on islet cell transplantation using the AAGP™ molecule for the treatment of diabetes using AAGP™. Mr. Smith was impressed with the program and gratified that AAGP™ was proving to be a central element in the research.
Dr. Shapiro is a professor of surgery, medicine and surgical oncology. He is director of the Clinical Islet Transplant Program and the Living Donor Liver Transplant Programs at the University of Alberta. He is also principal investigator of National Institute of Health and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation clinical trials. In addition to these positions, he is the leader of the Project 1 - Ex-vivo Organ Transplant Protection and Repair Program of the Canadian National Transplant Research Program.
Due to the excellent results of these tests on islet cell transplantation with AAGP™, Dr. Shapiro and his team are expanding their field of investigation to include:
1) Whole Organ Preservation
a. A major initiative of the Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP).
b. Preservation of hearts, lungs, kidneys, livers and transplantable tissue has become of critical importance to transplantation medicine.
2) Non Obese Diabetes (NOD) Mice
a. NOD mice are used as an animal model for Type 1 Diabetes testing.
b. Dr. Shapiro’s team shall be exploring the potential of AAGP™ to delay the progression of this disease.
“This impressive team of transplant surgeons and scientists have made clear to me the dramatic scope of applications that our family of molecules possess,” said Clarence E. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer.
ProtoKinetix, Inc. is a molecular biotechnology company that has developed and patented a family of hyper stable, potent glycopeptides (AAGP™) that enhance the therapeutic results and reduce the cost of stem cell medicine. Due to the anti-inflammatory effect of AAGP™ molecules, the Company is currently targeting the direct treatment of diseases that have a major inflammatory component.
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