NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Enzo Biochem, Inc. (NYSE:ENZ) today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the Company Patent No. 8,846,893, covering novel vectors for gene therapy treatments for cancers, virus infections and genetic diseases.
Specifically, the patented technology describes delivery of nucleic acids to specific cells in order to direct gene therapy to the sites where it would be most useful. It involves use of a complex of a cell-specific antibody uniquely capable of being linked to a nucleic acid sequence selected for its ability to interfere with the disease process or to correct a genetic deficiency. Apart from its therapeutic applications, the technology can also be applied to research studies of virus infections and genetic diseases.
“This important discovery utilizes a nucleic acid in the patient that could provide therapeutic benefits for specific diseases, for use to correct a deficiency or its utilization for a new property, such as resistance to a virus,” said Elazar Rabbani, PhD, Enzo Chairman and CEO, one of the inventors. “It thus may allow direct application of the reagents to patients, as opposed to the removal of target cells and ex vivo treatments, as is currently done with most gene therapy applications.”
About Enzo Biochem
Enzo Biochem is a pioneer in molecular diagnostics, leading the convergence of clinical laboratories, life sciences and therapeutics through the development of unique diagnostic platform technologies that provide numerous advantages over previous standards. A global company, Enzo Biochem utilizes cross-functional teams to develop and deploy products systems and services that meet the ever-changing and rapidly growing needs of health care both today and into the future. Underpinning Enzo Biochem’s products and technologies is a broad and deep intellectual property portfolio, with patent coverage across a number of key enabling technologies
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