About ProtoKinetix, Incorporated
ProtoKinetix, Incorporated (OTC: PKTX) (the “Company” or “ProtoKinetix”) (www.protokinetix.com) today announces that it has completed the first year of retinal replacement therapy trials on animals and the results are encouraging enough to proceed to a second phase of testing.
There are several diseases that, over time, destroy retinal cells ultimately causing blindness. These diseases include Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), and Stargardt disease. To date there are no effective treatments. Stem cell therapy has been viewed as a very exciting potential avenue that may allow the replacement or repair of these damaged retinal cells.
The study conducted by the Gregory-Evans Retinal Therapeutic Lab at the University of British Columbia compared the results of transplanted retinal precursor cells with and without the addition of AAGP®. The cells treated with AAGP® showed an improvement on cell survivability and viability compared to the untreated cells. Ongoing testing is now being conducted to determine if these transplanted cells are fully functioning.
The results of these tests have serious implications for the treatment of other diseases that may benefit from stem cell transplant such as spinal cord injury and the repair of brain damage from stroke. The Company will be exploring the potential of these protocols and procedures using AAGP® on brain damage caused by ischemic stroke in the coming months.
About ProtoKinetix, Incorporated
ProtoKinetix is a molecular biotechnology company that has developed and patented a family of hyper stable, potent glycopeptides (AAGP®) that enhance both engraftment and protection of transplanted cells used in regenerative medicine.
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Clarence E. Smith
President and Chief Executive Officer