Arrowhead Research Agrees to Provide $10 Million Additional Funding for Calando Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Capital to Be Used to Accelerate Preclinical Trials and Facilitate Collaborations
"Calando has generated a great deal of excitement in both the scientific and investment communities over the last year," said R. Bruce Stewart, Arrowhead's Chairman. "Calando's technology offers the potential of an enabling and powerful solution to the systemic delivery of RNAi -- an effective, targeting delivery system."
“Arrowhead provides complementary management, financial and strategic planning expertise, which will be invaluable to Calando's long term success.”
"In addition to providing financial resources, the partnership with Arrowhead enables us to concentrate our efforts on the development of RNAi therapeutics while not having to be burdened with many day to day administrative issues," said John Petrovich, Calando's CEO. "Arrowhead provides complementary management, financial and strategic planning expertise, which will be invaluable to Calando's long term success."
Calando's proprietary platform for the delivery of siRNA therapeutics is based on linear cyclodextrin polymers. The polymers and siRNAs self-assemble into nanoparticles of approximately 50-100 nm diameter that protect the siRNAs from degradation in the bloodstream. Targeting ligands steer the RNA-containing nanoparticles to targeted cells, and the nanoparticles are taken into the cells. Once inside the cells, chemistry built into the polymers functions to unpackage and release the siRNAs, enabling them to perform their gene-silencing function.
For more information about Calando and its technology, please visit Calando's website at www.calandopharma.com.
About Arrowhead Research Corporation
Arrowhead Research Corporation (www.arrowheadresearch.com) is a diversified nanotechnology company structured to commercialize products expected to have revolutionary impacts on a variety of industries, including materials, electronics, life sciences and energy.
There are three strategic components to Arrowhead's business model:
-- Outsourced R&D Program: Arrowhead identifies patented or patent-pending technologies at universities or government labs and funds additional development of those technologies in exchange for exclusive rights to commercialize the resulting prototypes. Leveraging the resources and infrastructure of these institutions provides Arrowhead with a cost-effective development pipeline. Currently, Arrowhead is supporting efforts in drug discovery tools, stem cell technology and nanoelectronics at the California Institute of Technology, Stanford University and Duke University, respectively.
-- Commercialization Program: After prototypes have been sufficiently developed in the laboratories, Arrowhead forms or acquires majority-owned subsidiaries to commercialize the technology and provides the subsidiaries with strategic, managerial and operational support. By doing so, each research team is able to maintain focus on its specific technology and each management team can focus on specific markets, increasing the likelihood of successful technological development and commercialization. At present, Arrowhead owns majority interest in subsidiaries commercializing diverse technologies, including anti-cancer drugs, RNAi therapeutics, compound semiconductor materials and nanotube technology.
-- The Patent Toolbox: Arrowhead has acquired or exclusively licensed patents and patent applications covering a broad range of nanotechnology. The Company actively adds to its intellectual property portfolio.
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